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.
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.
Florence is a 16 year old girl, who comes from a polygamist family. Her father has 5 wives and 35 children. Florence is the youngest of her mothers 10 children. She did well in primary school and was accepted to secondary school along with two of her step sisters. Her father favored the other two sisters and refused to pay her school fees. He told her to wait her turn, when his situation allows him to pay her school fees. Then the drought came and he lost a lot of cattle and decided to have her undergo FGM and early marriage. Local chief Caro (a female chief from Ilbissil area) arrived during the negotiation of marriage, just in time to rescue Florence. Chief Caro decided to bring her to MGEF to fill out an application. MGEF accepted her into the family June 2018.
Helen is a seventeen year old girl, born the third child of 11 children. Her family is very poor, and though they would like to educate their children, they are unable to pay school fees beyond primary school. Helen's parents struggled to send Helen to secondary school, but she was constantly sent home due to lack of school fees. The principal of her secondary school was Helen's best advocate, finding well wishers to help with her fees. This principal approached MGEF asking if we would consider adding Helen to our Scholarship Program. Helen had been sent home again because her parents couldn't pay the school fees, and the principal was concerned she would not be able to return. After hearing her story, and receiving an application, MGEF accepted Helen into the MGEF family and returned her to school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.