Whisked from an Exam Room by Dad to be Married
In 1998, Sadia Wario, now aged 25 did her Kenya Certificate of Primary School and got a total of 358 points out of 700. Sadia comes from Marsabit district Eastern Province, a semi arid area
Sadia was admitted at Siakago Girls, a Provincial school in Eastern Province. This is where her miseries started.
Her parents refused to take her to this great school which has produced some of great leaders in Kenya. Reason: ‘If my daughter crosses Isiolo border, she will become a prostitute. I am not ready to take her to that school’ Father Sadia
With her great points, her parents took her to a local school that didn’t have any infrastructure the rural area. No laboratory, No dormitory. Classrooms were used as dormitories at Night.
After four years (2002) of studying in a hardship environment, Sadia managed to secure a D+ grade in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. This is too far below her full potential.
Out of a family of 8, (3 girls & 5 boys) Sadia is the 3rd Born. Only two have accessed secondary school i.e. Sadia and her younger brother. Two boys have so far not proceeded to secondary school. Two girls decided to get married after completing class 8.
‘After completing form four, I worked in a construction firm and managed to save Ksh 12,000. I went to my father and told him, I had secured a college to train as a Pharmacist. He took the cash I had and promised to assist. After three months in college in Nairobi, my dad told me that he was no longer capable of supporting me. He came to the classroom when it was on and whisked me away while I was doing my exams. I was put into a vehicle to Marsabit, a 48 hour drive from Nairobi. However it took me 7 days to get to marsabit as the car broke down. All these time, I didn’t have any money with me. I had to rely on good will of other passengers’ Ms Sadia
Back in Marsabit 2003, the parents of Sadia were not friendly which forced her to move to a neighbour for 6 months to seek refugee. I remember with nostalgia, when my father said to me. ‘I have educated you so far, I don’t want to see you in my home. Go and get married. I need Cows Now’ Father Sadia.
Following the above incident, Ms Sadia went to Moyale (a 48 hours drive) to stay with her Aunty for two years. While there, Sadia attend a workshop on HIV/AIDS. The little allowance she got from the workshop enabled her to travel to Nairobi where she undertook a basic computer course.
Ms Sadia heard about TYSA work and she was quite impressed with the TYSA girls’ project which is supporting girls to realise their dreams. She travelled to Nairobi, the project has been helping her to stay safe from danger of early marriage. She is staying with her Cousin together with her other two girls whom they run away with from Marsabit. Sadia and her friends depend on your donations for meals, rent and transport.
‘My wish is to go back to college and continued with my studies. I want one day to go back to Marsabit and support thousands of girls whose future has been curtailed by early marriages’ Ms Sadia
With your donations, Ms Sadia will be able to realize her dream. Make your donation today!
SPECIAL TUESDAY 16TH MARCH 2010!
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43 Students Receive Scholarship Awards
TYSA makes a historical milestone in the community where it works. For the first time, 43 girls, teen mothers and Boys of Teen mothers got educational scholarships.
It was jubilation and happy moments as the scholarships were awarded. ‘ I am excited after working hard for 8 years in primary school, that now am able to join secondary school’ Mss Felister, a beneficiary.
For the last two months, January –February 2010, a total of US$ 1848 has been so far spend paying school fees in various schools (see attached for details)
‘I want to thank TYSA and sponsors for helping me pay school fees for my two children. Without TYSA, my children would not have gone to secondary school despite them passing well. God bless the work of TYSA and all those who sponsor our children to school’ Mum Nancy, Parent
Your continued support to this project will ensure the students remain in school for the next four years
We require US$ 1500 to clear the school fees balance for this year. Make your donation today! We look forward to your feedback on this project which you have dearly supported.
With Warm regards from all of us here at TYSA
Nutritious Porridge for Teen children
The teen mother’s children feeding are helping to improve health of children. Porridge with added food supplements is a great boost to children.
We intend to make this available to children twice a week. Current it is done once a week.
‘My child health is improving tremendously. My son is happy and healthy’ Mum Kassiba.
Your continued support has made great impact in the lives of children and their teen mothers.
We shall for ever remain grateful to you
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Against all Odds, Nancy makes it back to school after 2 years and does her examination
Nancy Moraa is now 21 years and has just completed her secondary school examinations 2009.
Her story of intrigues started in 2004 at a tender age of 16. Nancy had scored the highest marks in her school with 374 points out of maximum 500.
At form 1, aged 16, she dropped out of school and got married to a young man. The young man eloped with her to town to hide from parents. She got a baby boy now aged 3. After only a short period of marriage, life became difficulty. The husband abandoned her.
``At one point, I went to look for a job to take care of my kid’’ Nancy. My aunty told me that I could not get a job without a certificate and an Identity Card. There are no jobs for un- educated persons’, she exclaimed. ‘You can only become a house wife or house help’ she continued.
This made me to think and reflect about my life. The man whom I thought would save me now was mistreating me. I had to make a decision.
After two years in 2005, she called her brother who is a member of TYSA and explained her problems which she was experiencing. This included hunger, no dialogue in the house and general neglect by the husband. She came back home where she participated in various sporting activities. This helped her to overcome fears and integrated back to the youth. While at these sports programs organized by TYSA, she got the courage and interest to go back to school. ‘I want to go back to school and continue with my education, I have learnt a bitter lesson’ Nancy
In 2006, Nancy enrolled back to school in Form 2. This year, she did her Form 4 exams and she looks forward to good results to enable her realize her dream of becoming a Nurse. At school Nancy played for the school handball and football team
Nancy says; Sports play a good role in discovering talents, for health, leisure and promote active life. Specifically for girls, it motivates them to be active and limit idle mind as it is the devil workshop. It creates fun for girls. You meet friends and removes daily stress. You learn new techniques, socializing and get life skills
This dream could not be possible without your donations which you make regularly. Nancy wants to be an accountant or a nurse
We look forward to your continued support in 2010 to help Nancy and more girls in same state
With Warm Regards from Nancy and TYSA
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