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.
Eunice belongs to a family of five siblings, four girls and one boy. Eunice’s father died last year from HIV/AIDS and her mother struggles to support the family with a job that does not pay enough to send her children to school. Two of Eunice’s sisters have already been married off due to a lack of school fees. Eunice’s uncle, who has been paying for her education, is the only person preventing this fate for Eunice. However, due to financial hardships of his own, he fears he may no longer be able to pay for his niece’s education. Currently a high-performing student in Grade 6 at Orine Primary School, Eunice is seeking help to continue her education and realize her dream of becoming a nurse.
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.
Everline’s parents support 16 children. They earn their living by selling charcoal, which provides barely enough to feed the family. Due to her family’s poverty, Everline feared she would no longer be able to afford to pay for school. Everline is seeking a sponsor to help her continue her educational journey.
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.
Kisajon is the third-born child in a family of 9 children. Her father, a farmer, married his eldest two daughters in exchange for livestock. Kisajon’s fate resembled those of her older sisters until she was brought to the attention of MGEF. Currently in grade 4, Kisajon is seeking help to continue her education.
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.
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.
Mary is an eight year old girl who come from a polygamous family. She is one of eleven children, with six brothers and four sisters. She is a very bright girl but spends most of her time at home due to lack of school fees. Her mother does odd jobs to provide food for the family and her father is physically handicap, which makes him unable to work. The family suffers from extreme poverty and what little education Mary has received as been provided by well wishers
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.
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.
Sarah belongs to a big family; her father married three wives and has 21 children in total. Though Sarah’s mother supports the education of her daughters, Sarah’s father does not support their education. Due to this disagreement, he sent away Sarah’s mother and siblings. All of them went to stay with their uncle. In the spring of 2016, Sarah’s uncle expressed his support for her to undergo FGM. Sarah’s mother and elder sister helped Sarah escape and find refuge at the AIC Rescue Centre, where she continues to stay today. Currently in Grade 6, Sarah is seeking support to realize her dream of being educated.
Sein is the youngest of her 9 siblings. All of Sein’s older sisters were married by their father between the ages of 12 and 15 because he saw no need for them to be educated. Sein’s mother worked odd jobs in order to gather enough money to send her to school. However, after her mother’s death in September of 2016, Sein was forced to drop out of school by her father as he arranged for her marriage. Sein was ultimately saved from this fate after her unsafe situation was reported to the chief of her division. Now, Sein is seeking your support to realize her dream of being educated.
Valerie, one of three children, began her schooling in 2016 at the Full Gospel Academy. Valerie’s mother is unemployed and her father is a pastor who depends on church tokens for his income. Because Valerie's father's income is so unsteady, Valerie's parents worry they will not be able to pay for her school. Valerie is seeking your assistance to continue her education.