Very committed to her education, Agnes completed Grade 8 despite having to walk 12 kilometers each way from home to school every day. Due to severe drought, her family could not afford to pay for her secondary school education. Though she did very well on her final examinations, she would have been forced to drop out of school. However, with an MGEF scholarship, Agnes was able to enroll at the Noonkopir Girls Secondary School and continue her education.
Orphaned at a young age, Agnes lived for many years with her grandmother, who had neither the money for school fees nor the ability to work. Agnes is now under the guardianship of a Maasai couple with eight other children. Though her adoptive parents wish to send their daughters to school, Agnes and her sisters are often sent home because they cannot pay their school fees. An incredibly motivated student, Agnes dreams of pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. She also strives to become a role model for other orphans and disadvantaged children in her community. With an MGEF scholarship, Agnes has enrolled at St. Clare’s Girls Secondary School.
Beatrice is the third born of four children. Her father, who is unemployed, has 2 wives and ten children, all of whom depend on the money he makes by burning charcoal, cultivating maize, and planting beans. After Beatrice finished primary school, her father intended to arrange for her marriage. However, Beatrice's community raised enough money to rescue her and pay for her first year of high school. An MGEF scholarship has supported Beatrice since Grade 10. She currently attends St Paul's University and is pursuing a diploma in Business Management.
Catherine is one of six children living with an unemployed single mother. Her father passed away when she was young, leaving behind two wives and thirteen children. Catherine’s sisters and brothers all went to school as long as possible, but poverty impeded their ability to even afford food, let alone pay their school fees. Despite her passion for learning, Catherine would not have been able to continue her education. However, with a scholarship from MGEF, she is now continuing her studies at Baraka Oontoyie Secondary School.
Charity is the youngest of twelve children. Charity's older sisters were married off by their father at early ages and three were forced to drop out of school. Charity’s father died in 1998 and her mother remains unemployed due to a prolonged illness. An older brother has done his best to provide for Charity and her siblings in addition to his own family, but all of Charity’s brothers are uneducated beyond primary school. An MGEF scholarship has kept Charity in school and she currently attends the Enoomatasiani Girls Secondary School.
Dapash is one of nine children in an impoverished and struggling household. With only three goats and a father who is unemployed, the children regularly spend their school breaks working to make ends meet. Dapash’s mother collects firewood daily, carrying it 30 kilometers to and from Tanzania to sell. The little money she earns is used to buy food and can provide little else. In Form 2, Dapash’s education was threatened by her family's poverty. In January of 2016, MGEF granted Dapash a scholarship to continue 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.
Florence belongs to a family of twelve children, all raised by a single mother without any support from their father. The children are entirely dependent on their mother's meager income, earned from making beads and gardening. Though her earnings helped provide for some schooling, Florence's older brother, Sokoine, was forced to drop out of school and began working as a sand harvester to provide for his mother and siblings. The family experienced tragedy when Sokoine was attacked and badly injured at work. He now relies on his mother for care and medicine, an added financial burden to an already struggling family. Florence sought out MGEF in February 2013, and we enthusiastically granted her a scholarship.
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.
Jane's father died when she was very young, leaving her mother to care for six children on her own. The family went to live with Jane's mother's parents, who still had young children of their own to raise. When Jane was brought to MGEF's attention, she was 8 years old and had never been to school. In 2008, Jane was orphaned when her mother died after a brief illness. With an MGEF scholarship, Jane has been able to continue her education in the hopes of lifting her family out of poverty.
Joan is a 13 year old girl, who comes from a polygamist family. Joans father has two wives, though one (Joan's mother) ran away when she found out that he had AIDS. He is unemployed and survives on casual labor when available. He worries about his children's future because he and his other wife have AIDS and also because he has periods of madness. He very much wants his children to be educated, and has managed to support Joan through 5th grade.
Lilian is from the Mashuru Division of Kajiado. She was required to stay home for a few years and work to support the family, as her parents did not earn enough money on their own selling charcoal. Lilian is committed to finishing her secondary school education and dreams of attending university.
Lilian was born on May 6th, 1999, and is one of five children. Her mother died during childbirth and as the eldest daughter, Lilian assumed her mother's responsibilities. Though Lilian's father contributes some of his income from selling goats and sheep, she and her siblings are relatively unsupported by their father and live with their grandmother. Other relatives have assisted Lilian as much as possible, but with children of their own, they cannot afford to send her to school. Lilian relies on a scholarship from MGEF to continue her education.
Linet is one of nine children born to a polygamous father and his two wives. Linet's birth mother supports all five of her biological children on her own with money she earns from doing laundry. Her husband is elderly and unable to work. Linet's mother does not earn enough money to pay for the education of five children. With an MGEF scholarship, Linet is able to remain in school with the hope of eventually helping her family rise out of poverty.
Magdaline was enrolled at Baraka Oontoyie High School as a student in Grade 9 but had been in and out of school because her parents could not pay for school. Her parents are farmers and the drought destroyed their livestock, which had been their sole source of income. MGEF granted Magdaline a scholarship in 2016, and she is now continuing her studies.
Mary is an orphan. Mary’s older brother, who does not earn a consistent income, struggles to help her and her other siblings pay for school. Despite her academic success, Mary feared she would be forced to drop out of school due to her family’s poverty. In 2015, Mary received an MGEF scholarship that guarantees she will be educated for years to come.
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.
Moombi is a 12 year old girl from a polygamist family. Her father has three wives and 20 children. Moombi's mother was the third wife and was badly mistreated by the husband. Eventually Moombi's grandmother brought her daughter and her four children home to live with her. Moombi's grandmother is the soul bread winner with odd jobs and it is a struggle for her to put food on the table.
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 Debora's father ran away, abandoning the family. Debora's mother felt he left due to the frustration of not being able to support his family. Debora's older brothers had to drop out of school and they and their mother go to local farms looking for casual labor in order to put food on the table. Debora's mother believes in education and struggled to send all of her children to school. In the family's present situation, she is no longer able to afford school fees.
Rhoda is one of ten children from her father's two wives. Both of Rhoda's parents died when she was 13, leaving her and her siblings in the care of family members. Rhoda moved to her elderly grandmother's home, where she was able to complete primary school. However, her grandmother could not afford secondary school fees. Determined to continue Rhoda's education, her grandmother sought assistance from MGEF. Her application was approved, and Rhoda began Grade 9 in February 2013.
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 effect on her mother, who also does not work. Before receiving her MGEF scholarship, Zainab was dependent on the charity of others for school fees through grade four. By grade five, Zainab had no means to continue her education and was on the verge of dropping out of school when MGEF began sponsoring her in 2011. Zainab did well through primary and secondary school. In the autumn of 2019, she was accepted to AMREF International University to study nursing.