Abigael is a sixteen year old girl who came to MGEF in 2014. She is the second youngest of six children born in a traditional Maasai family. Her father is polygamous, and her birth mother is the second of three wives. Her father is illiterate and blind, making him unable to work. Her mother, also illiterate, tends to the family’s daily needs and chores. Abigael's older sister was circumcised and married off to an older man in a remote village. Only two months into the marriage, she ran away and remains in hiding. Abigael’s brother did not want the same fate for Abigael because she was a very bright girl and loved school. He believes strongly in the importance of an education, but he could not raise the funds for her to go to boarding school. MGEF accepted Abigael into the scholarship program in 2014, and now, in 2018, she is still thriving and has started secondary school.
Agnes is a 15 year old girl who comes from a polygamist family that consists of two wives and seven children. Her mother sells Maasai beadwork to the tourist outside Amboseli Park, but the family mostly survives off of handouts from neighbors. Agnes is a very good student, and had done very well through primary school. Her mother's friend supported her through primary school, but she disappeared when Agnes started secondary school. Agnes was sent home due to lack of school fees at the end of Term 2 in 2022. Our local board member was told of Agnes and immediately met with her to fill out an application. Agnes joined MGEF for Term 3 of 2022. She was so happy to be able to return to school and finish her freshman year. She will continue her education without the fear of being sent home due to lack of school fees.
Annah comes from a family of nine children, five girls and four boys. Her father had high hopes for Anna because she did very well in school. Annah came home one day from school to find her mother had left her father with all nine children. Her youngest brother was only 11 months old. Annah's older brother gave up school to take care of the youngest sibling. Annah stayed in school until Form 2 (10th grade), to which she was sent home due to lack of school fees. She ran away at this point, because her father had become very bitter and mean to the children. She married in order to survive and had a child. Her new husband was an alcoholic and was an abusive man. She ran back home and asked her father for forgiveness. He would take her in, but would not help her with school fees. She came to MGEF and filled out an application. She was accepted and is happy to be able to continue her education.
Beatrice Nasalula is one of three sisters who together came to MGEF in need of sponsorship. With nine children in total, her family could hardly pay for basic necessities, much less school fees. She and her sisters attended school only when they could piece together enough money to pay for a few months at a time. Beatrice yearned to return to secondary school full-time in order to concentrate on her studies uninterrupted. An MGEF scholarship has now enabled Beatrice to stay in school and pursue her dream career in Community Development. She is currently enrolled at St. Clare Girls Secondary School.
Christine's father abandoned the family when Christine was very young, and her mother earns a meager living selling beads. Their only cow- a form of currency for the Maasai- died during a severe drought, and the family’s goats were sold to pay school fees. When all the livestock had been sold, Christine could no longer afford to attend school. However, after being granted an MGEF scholarship at the beginning of 2016, Christine will be able to realize her dream of being educated.
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.
Diana comes from a polygamist family of two wives and 13 children. The family is extremely poor. They have lost their livestock to the drought and therefore have no income. Diana's father looks at her as a source of income and wants to marry her off. Diana is determined to get an education so she went to her local MGEF board member and asked for help. Diana was accepted and is happy to be back at school with no fears of unpaid school fees or forced marriage.
Esther was born in 1999 and is the oldest of six children. Her family is extremely poor and depends on relatives to survive. Esther was brought to MGEF's attention by a local area chief and now attends Moi Girls Secondary School under an MGEF scholarship.
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 was in danger of marriage. After joining MGEF, Evaline is now getting the education she and her family worked so hard for.
Faith is a 17 year old girl, who comes from polygamist family of three wives and 13 children with seven brothers and five sisters. Faith is the only girl to have gone to school out of all of her sisters with only one brother managed to make it through primary school. Three of the five sisters have been married off. Faith’s father is unemployed and her mother works odd jobs when they are available. Faith’s mother has tried very hard to put her to school because she believes in Faith and thinks she will be the person to bring the family out of severe poverty. Faith graduated from primary school in 2014, and her mother worked very hard to put her through form one of secondary school. She had to drop out of school after form one because her mother could not find the tuition money for form two. Faith went home to a very harsh life of severe poverty, where the family often went through several days without food.
Hillary is an orphan, raised with her older brother by their grandparents. Hillary’s father passed away when she was 4 years old and her mother when she was 6 years old, leaving Hillary to rely on extended family to support her education. Hillary successfully completed primary school in late 2015 and began secondary school in 2016.
Hillary was left in the care of her grandparents when she was a year old. Hillary continues to live with her grandparents, who are very poor and still have their own children at home to care for. In January of 2011, when Hillary's grandparents could no longer afford to send her to school, MGEF began supporting Hillary's education.
Ivone is a 11 year old girl, who comes from a very poor family. She is the youngest of three, with two older brothers. Neither her father or her mother have an education. Her father does odd jobs and her mother must stay home with Ivone's older brother, who is disabled and in a wheel chair, donated by a local charity. The family has survived thru the help of well wishers, but Ivone's education is becoming increasingly too much for them to handle and the school claimed that their debt was becoming too high to ignore. Ivonne dreams of becoming a pilot and flying all over the world. MGEF accepted Ivonne in June of 2018.
Ivy is a 19 year old girl who comes from a small family consisting of a single mother and one sister. She has never known her father. Her mother has struggled to keep her girls fed and sheltered by washing clothes. Often Ivy and her sister went to bed hungry.
Jackline’s father has four wives and many children. He is blind, limiting his capacity to work, and completely neglects Jackline’s mother and her children. Jackline's mother is uneducated and does not earn a steady income, making it very difficult to support her children. When Kenya imposed new regulations for attendance at school, Jackline and her sisters were given the opportunity to receive an education. However, the family’s extreme poverty made it impossible to pay for school. After receieving an MGEF scholarship in 2014, Jackline is continuing her studies. She hopes to use her education to lift her family out of poverty.
Jane is a fourteen your old girl who comes from a family of eleven children. Her father is unemployed, and her mother makes a meager living washing clothes. Both of Jane’s parents have tried to educate their children and have sent them all to school when they were able, or in conjunction with help from well wishers. Jane received very high marks in primary school, but her parents are unable to pay her school fees for secondary school. Determined to continue her studies, Jane contacted one of MGEF’s alumna, who immediately took her to the MGEF Kajiado office to fill out an application. MGEF quickly accepted Jane into the scholarship program, and she started secondary school in January 2018.
Jennifer was raised in a farming household by a single mother. While her mother struggled to pay for her primary and secondary education, Jennifer worked hard in school. She earned high scores on her final exams and was accepted to St. Mary's Nursing School in 2015. However, without a scholarship from MGEF, Jennifer would not have been able to pursue the last and most important phase of her education. Now, Jennifer is happily continuing her education at nursing school and is one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming a nurse.
Joynice’s father is married to 3 wives and has 21 children. Joynice's father has already forced five of her sisters to drop out of school and get married. Despite doing well on her exams, Joynice faced the same fate. In June 2016, Joynice joined MGEF as a sponsored student and is now continuing her education without fear of an early marriage.
Joyline comes from a polygamist family of 23 children. Her father has three wives. Her parents do manual work to support the family and have tried hard to send their children to school, but Joyline's uncle has mostly supported the education of the girls in the family. Joyline does very well in school and scored a very high mark on her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam. She knew there was no money for her to continue her education. She was very pro active in finding a way to go to secondary school and was eventually told about the MGEF Scholarship Program. She approached a local board member and was accepted into the program in January of 2023. She is so happy to be able to continue her education, and now sees her goal of becoming a teacher a possibility.
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.
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 an eighteen year old girl, who lives with her single mom and 2 siblings. Mary's life has been one of violence as her father is an abusive man with a drug and alcohol problem. When Mary was a young girl, her mother left her father because of the violence but later returned to him. Finally, she left him for good when he threatened to kill her with a knife. Her mother does odd jobs to support the three children. She has tried to keep them in school but most of the time is unable to pay the school fees.
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.
Namelok and her sister Florence come from a polygamist family with three wives and sixteen children. Their father is very old and their mother, who is an alcoholic, has left them and their home to sell alcohol in a nearby town. The two sisters have been living with an older step brother. The sisters learned that they were both to undergo FGC and be married off very soon. Her uncle, who is a pastor and very poor, gave them 100 shilling ($1), and said to run to their mothers place. Their mother did not want them and told them to go to their uncle's place. Namelok told her school teacher what was happening and why she was not in school. Her teacher told the local police and chief. Since the marriage had not taken place there was nothing the police could do. The chief contacted the local MGEF Board member, who immediately brought both girls to the Kajiado office. The girls were both given sponsorships and both were taken to AIC Girls Primary school. Namelok was enrolled in class 2 in May 2019.
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.
Nelly is a 13 year old girl, who comes from polygamist family consisting of two wives and 17 children. Nelly's mother is the second wife. She and her children are neglected by Nelly's father. Two of her sisters were married off at an early age, and there is the fear that Nelly might soon suffer the same fate. She is living with her grandmother due to lack of food at home. Nelly is very hard working and loves to learn. Her mother knew she would not be able to continue to send her to school and she looked for assistance. She took Nelly to a local MGEF board member and filled out an application. MGEF was happy to accept her. She now can go to school without the fear of being sent home and married to an older man.
Serena is a 16 year old girl who comes from a family of four children. There is no work for Serena's father and they struggle to survive. Her mother and father believe very much in educating their children. They believe education is the only way to bring their family out of poverty. They have tried to send their children to school and managed to send Serena to Form 1, but they were unable to raise the money for Form 2. Serena's mother looked for assistance and finally heard about MGEF. They found the local board member and filled out an application. Serena was accepted and is very happy and relieved to be able to go to school without worrying about being sent home due to lack of school fees.
Stellah is a 14 year girl, who comes from a polygamist family of two wives and 12 children. The second wife passed away leaving only Stella's mother to attend to the 12 children. Stella's dad was very much in favor of education and worked hard as a logger to send the kids to school. Unfortunately, Stella's father passed away last year when a log fell on him, killing him instantly. Now there is no income and Stellah knew she would not be able to go to secondary school. She does very well in school so her mother started to look for well wishers to help send Stallha to school. The local board member heard of the family's plight and had Stellah fill out an application. MGEF accepted Stellah and she is very happy to be able to continue her education.
Stephanie is a 15 year old girl, who comes from a family of seven children. Her mother, Mary, is a single mother. There is no talk of her father. Mary is the sole bread winner for not only her children, but for her parents also. Mary feels an education is very important and has managed to send her children to primary school. Unfortunately, COVID made her struggles even harder and she can not afford the school fees for Stephanie to go to secondary school. Determined to get Stephanie in school, Mary took Stephanie to the local MGEF board member, who helped them fill out an application. Stephanie was accepted and is happy to be able to continue her education. She dreams of the day she will be able to help her family.