January marks the start of a new school year in Kenya, and we’re especially excited to be able to provide 98 girls living in the slums an opportunity to get a secondary school education. This is the highest number of new high school scholarships since we started in 2013.
JUST THE BEGINNING
Unlike most developed countries, secondary school is not free in Kenya and girls are often denied this basic human right primarily due to poverty and outdated social norms.
A girl growing up in a slum is disadvantaged in ways we can only imagine. Many of the slums aren’t provided basic services like sanitation, health care, or education. These are only some of the challenges she faces every day.
One Girl Can purposefully seeks out these girls to offer them an opportunity of a lifetime through scholarships and a mentorship program that starts the moment they enter the program until they begin their career.
MEET THE GIRLS
Cecilia, Valarie, and Happiness are just three girls who will get a chance to escape the slums and build a life of their choosing.
I want to be: An accountant
In 5 years… I see myself studying Economics at university.
In her words: I was raised by a single mother, who had to leave school at grade 3 when both her parents left her. Seeing the hustle that my mother went through to raise me and my brother, it motivates me to study hard to see to it that one day I might make a better life for my mother and others. I feel strongly that I need to go to school to accomplish my dreams and goals in life.
I want to be: A pilot
In 5 years… I see myself at an international university studying hard to pursue my dream of being a pilot.
In her words: My family has faced many challenges and often went to sleep on an empty stomach. But through that, I learned that one should never give up because there is hope for the future. My mother always told me, ‘Even if the road has many sharp rocks, yes, they’ll pierce you, but you’ll always reach your destination.’
I want to be: An engineer
In 5 years… I will work hard in university so that I will achieve my goals and attain my dream of becoming an engineer.
In her words: I was raised in the Kibera slum, where sewage was passing through and made us sick. We had no money to go to the hospital and we’re not sure we survived. Sometimes we go to sleep hungry because my father does not have a good job and I was being sent home for not having school fees. My teachers motivated me to work hard so that I could achieve what I want in life. I was able to overcome negative attitudes towards me by concentrating in my studies.
MAKE AN IMPACT
With education, girls are empowered to grow into independent, confident women who contribute to the economic growth and stability of their country.
A high school scholarship in Kenya costs just $500. That breaks down to $42 a month, or $1.40 a day.
But sponsoring a girl shouldn’t just be a financial transaction—we encourage you to build a personal connection with her. We will take your photos and letters directly to her in Kenya and bring pictures and letters from her back to you.
Make a real and sustainable impact in 2020 by investing in the education of just One Girl, and helping to shift the needle on gender inequality on a global scale.