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.
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.
Due to her family's poverty, Elizabeth was raised by her grandmother. Elizabeth helped her grandmother fetch water to pay her school fees but often missed class because she did not have enough money to purchase the required school supplies. Despite having missed many days of school, with the help of her grandmother, Elizabeth was able to complete primary school and score very well on her Kenya Central Primary Exam. Elizabeth is extremely bright and hopes to continue her education to improve her own life and the lives of her family members.
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 is one of nine children. Her parents are illiterate and unemployed. In Grade 5, Felister began missing school, performing poorly, and deteriorating in health. Felister's concerned school principal visited her home and upon witnessing the conditions in which she lived and learning her parents intended to arrange for her marriage, he convinced them to let him take responsibility for her. Teachers at Felister's school took care of her needs as she continued her education. In 2012, Felister completed primary school and hoped to advance to secondary school. However, her family was still too poor to pay for her education. In 2013, after being nominated by her primary school principal, Felister received an MGEF scholarship.
Grace is a 12 year old girl with three brothers and one sister. Her mother is the main provider of the family with laundry work around town. Grace's father has become a burden to the family with alcoholism and leaves the task to his wife to feed the family. Grace has been in and out of school, as her mother struggled to pay her school fees. In 2017 she was sent home from school for lack of school fees. Her mother knows that her children must be educated in order to stop the cycle of poverty in their family. Very determined, she came to the office at least two times a month for almost a year, to see if there was any openings in our Scholarship program for Grace. June 2018, MGEF was able to accept Grace into the MGEF family. She is so happy to be able to go back 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.
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.
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 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.
Magdalene's father is unemployed, so she and her three siblings depended on the small income their mother earned by making and selling jewelry. Magdalene began her education at a local primary school, performing so well that a relative paid for her to attend Isinya Primary Boarding School. After she completed primary school, Magdalene had no way to pay for secondary school and stood at great risk of being married off by her father. However, Magdalene's fate changed when she received an MGEF scholarship. Under MGEF's sponsorship, Magdalene graduated from Machakos University College with a certificate in Early Childhood Development. She also completed a diploma from the Maasai Technical Training Institute in Machakos.
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 belongs to a family of eleven children. Her parents are illiterate and unemployed, having sold all of their cattle to pay for family necessities. Mercy's two older sisters never enrolled in school and were both married off, at 12 and 15 years old. All of Mercy's older brothers have their own families, leaving Mercy and her younger brother to live alone with their elderly parents and a sister. The children rely entirely on money generated from their mother's traditional Maasai "shukas" to eat and live. Awarded an MGEF scholarship in 2013, Mercy is now able to continue her education.
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.
Sandra is a 11 years old girl, who lives with her grandmother. Sandra's mother abandoned her at her grandmothers house when she was only six months old, only to recently return. Sandra's grandmother struggles to put food on the table and now with the return of Sandra's mother, and another mouth to feed, she is afraid she will no longer be able to pay her granddaughters schools fees. One of the MGEF Kajiado board members brought Sandra to the MGEF office, very concerned about Sandra's future. A space opened in June 2018 and Sandra was accepted into MGEF's scholarship program.
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.
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.