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Rita's Story

My name is Rita and I was brought up in a village in Masinga which is in Machakos County. Both my parents worked tirelessly to provide for the four of us. Being the first born I had to take on a lot of roles in the family. I had to help my mother grow some crops as my father, being only a casual worker, couldn’t earn enough money. We almost went hungry most of the time as the money had been used to pay school fees. I used fire as a lamp to read as my parents couldn’t afford paraffin.   My father had to sell part of our land to enrol me in secondary school. My parents always encouraged me not to give up and I have never ceased to work hard. I have managed to perform well despite being sent home for lack of school fees. For me to finish high school my parents have sold almost all our land and have gone through many difficulties. Whenever I feel like I can’t bear it anymore I remember their words of encouragement and that is why I have been able to overcome obstacles. I don’t give up - my goals keep me going.     My parents can’t afford to pay for my university education while still educating my younger siblings and providing for their basic needs. If I could go to university I’ll be able to get a job after completing my course and earn a good income so I can get my parents and siblings out of poverty. It will also help me prove to society the importance of educating girls.     I would like to change the belief that girls and women can’t thrive in the world of science and technology. People in my society believe that only men can be programmers and engineers. They believe that the only job an educated girl can do is teaching. I would like to prove them wrong by becoming a software engineer.   You can help Rita reach her dream of becoming a software engineer. Visit this page to make a contribution to her university tuition.

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$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.

$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.

$250Further the voices of tomorrow with one desktop computer for journalism club.

$10Outfit a girls sports team with two sets of uniforms.

$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.

$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.

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