In Kenya, the academic course load for secondary school students is so demanding it is difficult to find time for programs like GET UP in the girls’ schedules. Typically school classes meet for 10-12 hours each day, six days a week, and some of the schools require students to attend study sessions on Sunday afternoons! In addition, girls have many responsibilities at home collecting water, cooking, laundry, shopping, etc.
For these reasons, GET UP “Senior” meetings are held during the three school term breaks in April, August, and December. On Saturday, April 27, 68 high school girls gathered for their first GET UP meeting of the year, a day focused on their academic, health, legal, and spiritual needs. GET UP meetings are a time for the girls to have frank conversation with local teachers, nurses, attorneys, and pastors about their struggles at school and home. April’s day-long seminar focused on sexual health and girls’ rights.
For Lydia, 18, GET UP meetings embody the parents she has missed since her mother and father died many years ago. Lydia lives in a “child-headed” household: she and her sisters and brother live without adults and manage the household while also attending school. Lydia acknowledges that without parents to guide and support her it has been very difficult to stay focused on her goals and to do well in school. However, in spite of all of the challenges, Lydia remains determined to finish high school and attend college. GET UP is determined to help her!
Your support provides girls like Lydia with the motivation and support they need at a crucial time in their lives. On their behalf, we thank you for reaching out to help!
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