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.
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.
Doris is one of nine children born to an unemployed father and his two wives. One of Doris' sisters has already been forced to drop out of school, undergo FGM, and marry at the age of thirteen. Doris’ family subsists only on the meager income one mother earns from selling livestock, constructing Maasai huts, and collecting firewood. When her own mother remarried, Doris was sent to live with her grandmother, as her new stepfather would not accept responsiblity for her care. She missed countless school days due to torn uniforms, a lack of school fees, and household demands. Determined to become a role model for her sisters, Doris applied for and received an MGEF scholarship in early 2016. With her education, she hopes to lift her mother, grandmother, and siblings out of poverty.
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.
Francina's mother is single and unemployed, struggling daily to support her family. Often, Francina was forced to stay home from school because she could not pay her fees. In 2016, Francina received an MGEF scholarship to continue her education.
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 to the program in February 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Mercy is an exceptional student. Earning 378 marks out of 500 when she sat for the KCPE exam in 2015, Mercy hoped to advance to secondary school. However, both of her parents are unemployed and could not afford to support her education. In 2016, MGEF accepted Mercy as a scholarship recipient. Determined to succeed in school, Mercy dreams of becoming a doctor.
In 2003, Nancy was a smart, quiet, well-spoken girl who came to MGEF from a very poor, drought-prone area of Kajiado. As a girl, she was not permitted an education by her family. Only her brothers attended school. Her sister was married off at the age of 14, a fate Nancy was destined to repeat without the support of MGEF. Instead, under MGEF's sponsorship since Grade 3, Nancy has become a rising star in her Maasai community—studying law at the University of Nairobi, and realizing her dream of becoming an independent, empowered Maasai woman. Nancy Sopilal is proud and grateful to be MGEF’s first Law Student.
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.
Sinore came to MGEF in 2016. Her father is married to two women and neglects Sinore’s mother and her children. The family relies completely upon the meager income Sinore’s mother earns from washing her neighbors’ clothes. With an MGEF scholarship, Sinore is able to continue her education.