Both of Ann's parents are illiterate and her father does not believe in educating girls. Still, Ann completed primary school in 2010, scoring higher on the national test than any other girl in her school. After her outstanding performance, Ann was admitted to Barak Oontoyie Secondary School, an institution that accepts only the brightest students. Ann managed to raise enough money to pay for her first year but because her family could not afford to continue funding her studies, Ann was faced with the imminent end to her education. Thankfully, she received an MGEF scholarship. Ann completed secondary school and is now studying Commerce at the University of Nairobi, where she will graduate in 2019.
Annet is one of seven children born to unemployed parents. Annet's father arranged for her marriage when Annet was very young. Annet’s education would have ended had her mother not defied her father and helped Annet seek temporary refuge at a grandparent's home. Currently, Annet lives with an uncle who is determined to protect her from early marriage and help her complete school. However, he cannot afford her secondary school expenses. With an MGEF scholarship, Annet began attending Oloosuyian Girls Secondary School in January 2012.
Branice comes from a family of ten children. Her mother, who is the second wife to her father, has lost most of her livestock to the draught. The family suffers from severe poverty. She is a very bright girl, who was accepted to the Moi Girls Secondary School Eldoret, but her family was unable to raise the school fees. She was brought to the attention of MGEF and was accepted into our scholarship program January 2017. She now attends school without fear of being sent home due to lack of school fees.
Elizabeth came to MGEF in 2016 as an eight-year-old orphan living with her elderly grandparents. Facing extreme poverty and dependent on her aunts and uncles for basic necessities, Elizabeth would have been forced to drop out of school. A gifted singer and ambitious student, Elizabeth is now able to attend school on an MGEF scholarship.
Emily is a very determined girl. Though she was forced to leave home by her family because of her refusal to undergo FGM, Emily managed to attend school up to Grade 10. However, due to mounting school fees, Emily was told to leave school. Emily returned to school in September 2016 under MGEF's sponsorship and is seeking a sponsor to support her as she continues her education.
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 she 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.
Felister belongs to a family of 11 children. Her father is the only financial support for the family and struggles to pay for even the most basic necessities. To add further financial strain to the family, Felister’s father is chronically ill and must dedicate a portion of his income to medical expenses. Though Felister is determined to continue her education, Felister’s family’s extreme poverty has frequently left her unable to pay for school fees. Felister is seeking your support to attend secondary school and continue her studies.
Helen is a seventeen year old girl, born the third child of 11 children. Her family is very poor, and though they would like to educate their children, they are unable to pay school fees beyond primary school. Helen's parents struggled to send Helen to secondary school, but she was constantly sent home due to lack of school fees. The principal of her secondary school was Helen's best advocate, finding well wishers to help with her fees. This principal approached MGEF asking if we would consider adding Helen to our Scholarship Program. Helen had been sent home again because her parents couldn't pay the school fees, and the principal was concerned she would not be able to return. After hearing her story, and receiving an application, MGEF accepted Helen into the MGEF family and returned her to school.
Jackline is the eldest of five children in her family. Her father passed away in 2003, and her mother is ill and unable to care for her children. Jackline and her siblings rely entirely on an uncle in order to survive. Despite her difficult situation at home, Jackline excelled in primary school, serving as "head girl" and scoring an impressive 329 points on her national KCPE exam. Her uncle, who has a family of his own, could not afford to send Jackline to secondary school. He submitted an application for assistance from MGEF, and Jackline was accepted into the program in February 2013.
Judith is a ten-year-old girl who comes from a family of five children, with two brothers and two sisters. Her family makes a meager living selling cows, but due to the drought, the family is down to two cows. Her mother, who has tried to send her children to school, can no longer pay Judith’s school fees. The school sent Judith home, and her mother came to MGEF to ask for assistance. MGEF accepted Judith, and she started 4th Grade in January 2018.
Kanayia is the youngest of nine children. All four of her sisters are married, and none of them 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 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 follows 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 he 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 and HIV/AIDS Management.
Lilian is the second-born in a family of 14 children. Her mother passed away in 2004 and she has been raised by her grandmother. Due to her family’s financial hardships, Lilian frequently has been unable to pay for school. Lilian hopes that your support will enable her to realize her dream of attending secondary school.
Lucy is 17 year old girl who comes from a family of eight children, three boys and five girls. The family is very poor and has struggled to send both girls and boys to school. Lucy's oldest sister was married off after primary school, and her second sister was denied any education due to lack of school fees, which went to her older brother. Lucy has attended school sporadically, often being sent home due to lack of school fees. Her mother came to the MGEF office in September 2017 to ask for assistance with Lucy's education. She spent the entire day in the office. When the staff finally asked why she had not returned home, she informed them that she had no money for transportation back. The staff gave her the small fee from petty cash and informed her that MGEF had accepted her daughter into their sponsorship program. Lucy is now able to attend school and reach for her dream without the fear of being sent home.
After Lucy completed the 5th grade, her family could no longer afford to pay the cost of her education. Her father suffers from poor health and is unable to help support his wife and their four children. In 2002, Lucy's family moved in with relatives to find food and shelter, and an aunt paid for Lucy to go to school. However, due to a prolonged drought in Kenya, the relatives are no longer able to support both families. A scholarship from MGEF enables Lucy to continue her education.
Mary is the first-born in a family of eight children. She was pledged in marriage at a young age, and the wedding was arranged while she was in Grade 6. Mary's mother helped her run away to one of her teacher's homes to escape the marriage. Mary's mother then left with all of her children to live with her parents. Mary's father still threatens to marry her off if she returns home. Mary continues to live with her teacher, who helped her through primary school but could not afford secondary school fees. MGEF offered her a scholarship to continue her education, and she has proven to be an excellent student.
Mercy is currently in Grade 8 at Ishale Day and Boarding 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 for her 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.
Rose is a thirteen year old girl who comes from a family of four. She, her three siblings, and her mother live with their grandmother, because Rose’s father chased her mother and the children away. Her grandmother is very poor, and her mother struggles to keep food on the table. Rose was taken out of school last year due to lack of school fees. The local chief came to her house and told her mother that she must send Rose to school, but she was unable to afford it. She brought Rose to MGEF to ask for assistance. MGEF accepted Rose into the scholarship program, and she started class 4 this past January.
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 she was forced to stop attending school 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.
Susan is one of 15 children born to an unemployed father and mother. Both are illiterate. Only one of Susan's sisters enrolled in school, but she was forced to drop out in Class 8 due to lack of funds. Thus far, two of Susan's other sisters have been married off in early adolescence. The family relies entirely on money that Susan's mother makes from collecting and selling firewood, as her father is ill and cannot work. Without an MGEF scholarship, Susan would not have been able to go on to secondary school, and like her sisters, she would soon have been married off to ease the family poverty. However, MGEF's sponsorship has enabled Susan to avoid this fate and realize her dream of being educated.
Zainab's father suffers from an illness that prevents him from working and forces the family to dedicate a large portion of their income to his medical expenses. Her father's illness has a profound psychological affect on her mother, who also does not work. Before receiving her MGEF scholarship, Zainab was dependent on the charity of others to continue her education. Zainab had no means of continuing to fund her education and was on the verge of dropping out of school when MGEF began sponsoring her in 2011. Now, Zainab has proven to be a bright, hard-working student and has been one of the top five students in her class every year.