Christine was orphaned at age 12. After moving in with their grandparents, many of her siblings dropped out of school due to the family’s extreme poverty. Christine managed to finish high school in 2008 and after receiving aid from an NGO, collected enough money to attend Mount Kenya University in 2014. However, after completing her first year, Christine lost the financial support she had been given and found she would not be able to continue her studies. Christine approached MGEF for assistance and was granted a scholarship that would enable her to complete her university education. Christine dreams of using her education to give back to her Maasai community.
Esther is an impressive scholar, scoring well on both a national test and in general studies. When Esther first came to MGEF in 2012, she, her siblings, and her parents all relied entirely on her mother’s meager income, which came from selling beads. There was not enough money for Esther to continue beyond primary school. Her determination caught the attention of an MGEF Division Committee member, who submitted her application to MGEF for scholarship consideration. Esther was accepted immediately and, in January 2012, began Noonkopir Girls Secondary School from which she graduated in 2015. Although Esther has already begun pursuing her diploma for Accounting Technician from KCA University, she is still in need of a sponsor to continue her education. She is currently supported by MGEF’s General Scholarship Fund.
Evaline’s father married 3 wives and supports 22 children. In primary school, Evaline was a hardworking student who performed well academically. Because her family was unable to pay for secondary school, Evaline was forced to leave school in 2014. In 2016, after her father sold the family’s only cow to pay for school fees, Evaline managed to join the Olooseos Secondary School to continue her studies. However, due to her family’s poverty, Evaline is in danger of marriage. Currently in Grade 9, Evaline is seeking your support to continue her education.
Janet is one of 36 children in a household shared between her father and his 5 wives. Both of Janet's parents are illiterate and the family's only income comes from farming. Eleven of Janet's sisters have already been married off in order for the family to benefit from their dowries. Due to their extreme poverty, none of Janet's siblings have gone on to secondary school, and it seemed inevitable that Janet would have the same fate. However, with a scholarship from MGEF, Janet was able to further her education at Sajiloni Girls Secondary School and is now enrolled at Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology, where she is pursuing her diploma.
Joy's father is a minister in a sparsely populated area. His family is completely dependent on parishoners who can barely support their own families' needs. An MGEF scholarship has guaranteed Joy the opportunity to lift herself and her family out of poverty through education.
Kanayia is the youngest of nine children. All four of her sisters are married, and none enrolled in school. Kanayia's father wanted to marry her off when she was 11 years old, even though he had abandoned the family when Kanayia was in preschool. An MGEF scholarship prevented that marriage. Kanayia recently graduated from secondary school and began university in 2016, pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and Development.
Lashaine was born 5 August 1996 to a father with two wives and a total of 15 children. Lashaine's father does not believe in educating girls, and followed the traditional practice of marrying daughters off as soon as possible. Lashaine was pledged in marriage at age 8, but her older brother intervened, enrolling her in boarding school and preventing the marriage. Her brother, who managed to complete high school, worked as a taxi driver to support Lashaine's and her younger siblings' educations. However, he now has his own family to support, and does not earn enough to continue to pay to send his younger siblings to school.
Leah is one of the first four MGEF scholarship recipients. Both of her parents are illiterate and could not afford the cost of educating their children. Leah and her sister Sempeyo, also an MGEF student, are the first girls in their family to enroll in school. Leah is now pursuing her diploma in Community Health ad HIV/AIDS Management.
Lilian is the only girl in a family of seven children. Until receiving an MGEF scholarship, Lilian was not able to go to secondary school because her parents could not afford school fees. Lilian received her diploma in teaching in 2010 and began teaching at a local school. In September 2016, Lilian began her degree at Africa Nazarene University. She will complete her studies in 2018.
Mercy is currently in Grade 7 at Isilale Primary School. Mercy’s mother is widowed and cannot provide financial support for all her children; thus, Mercy was taken in by a relative. Having seen her sisters be married after completing primary school, Mercy worries her fate will be the same. Mercy is seeking support to continue her education beyond primary school and avoid an early marriage.
Naomi's father does not believe in educating girls, but her mother passionately wanted her daughters to go to school. However, without her husband's support, it was impossible to pay for school fees. MGEF heard Naomi's mother's plea and granted Naomi a scholarship that would enable her to continue her education for years to come.
Pascaline’s mother separated from her husband over his misuse of alcohol and has since received no support from him for her children. Pascaline’s maternal grandparents and uncle have been providing her family with the most basic necessities and money for school. Though Pascaline’s uncle has been able to protect her from FGM and early marriage by supporting her education through primary school, he may no longer be able to pay her school fees. Pascaline, who dreams of becoming a lawyer, is seeking support to continue her studies in secondary school.
Ropian's parents struggle to provide even the most basic needs for their children. Due to her family's poverty, Ropian was not be able to attend school. In September 2016, MGEF enrolled Ropian in kindergarten. She is seeking a sponsor to support her as she continues her education.
Sharon was born in 1992; her exact birth date is uncertain. Despite illness, Sharon's mother worked selling water to a hotel in order to fund Sharon's first year of high school. However, she later became too weak to continue working. Sharon no longer had any way to pay for her education, and was forced to stop attending in 2010. With the help of a MGEF scholarship, Sharon graduated secondary school in 2013 and now attends Ricatti Business college where she is pursuing a certificate in Social Development.