Neema is an eight year old girl who comes from an impoverished family of five children. The family fell into desperate times in 2016 when they lost what livestock they had due to sudden torrential rains. In January 2019 Neema’s father ran away, abandoning the family. Neema’s mother felt he left due to the frustration of not being able to support his family. Neema’s older brothers had to drop out of school in order to go with their mother to local farms to look for casual labor to put food on the table. Neema’s mother believes in education and struggled to send all of her children to school. In the family’s present situation though, she is no longer able to afford school fees. In a turn of events, an MGEF board member was contacted about Neema’s twin sister Debora’s inability to return back to school. When the MGEF-Kajiado staff arrived at Debora’s home, they learned that she had a twin. Realizing that Neema was also unable to return to school, MGEF felt it was unfair to accept one twin sister and leave the other at home out of school Therefore, MGEF decided to accept both girls and they both returned to school January 2020.
Date of Birth: 4/10/2012
Started Program: January 2020
Start Grade: 2nd Grade (Class 2)
Current Grade: 3rd Grade (Class 3)
School: Ilmao Primary