Nancy at her school
Nancy, is a young 12 year-old orphan who hails from Piliwa village in Kajiado County. She has 6 siblings; 2 older sisters and 4 younger brothers. Her two older sisters found sponsors to fund their education but Nancy did not and as a result, she was in and out of school for lack of school fees.
At her young and vulnerable age, she had to take up the role of ‘mother’ to her younger siblings. In the community where she comes from, it is not unusual to assign children work duties to the severe detriment of their education and development. Child labour is not frowned upon so Nancy was trying to balance school work, household chores, and parenting responsibilities for siblings. The load was just too heavy for her to bear. Her grades at school started dropping and soon she dropped out of school altogether.
In 2016 Nenkashe Education Centre received information about Nancy’s plight and prepared to make a home visit. Shortly after the visit, Nancy was enrolled into the sponsorship programme and has been studying continuously for the past one year at AIC Primary School. She is now in class 6 and her grades are improving. She has made new friends and her favorite subjects in school are social studies and Kiswahili.
Her aspiration is to become a judge. When I asked last week how she plans to become a judge, she said, she’ll become one “through hard work and staying away from bad company”. A few months ago, Nancy was one of our 17 girls who attended a 2-week life skills training course conducted by the Kajiado County Nutritionist who is a keen supporter and past beneficiary of Nenkashe Education Centre.
Your support of our programs are helping young people like Nancy to build self-esteem, make commitment to wholesome values and meet the challenges of adolescence.
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Nancy, second right, with her school matesAttachments: