Damaris loves school. "It changed my life" she explains. Without the scholarship she doubts she would be able to continue her schooling. "I want to be a teacher...if it is possible I want to a secondary teacher". A math lover, Damaris hopes to one day be a math teacher. By investing in Damaris' education you are not only investing in the education of a girl from an ethnic minority, living in a rural area, but are sustaining the growing importance of education in her community.
In rural Kenya, where many families have lower incomes, it is difficult to send children to high school, yet a high school education is necessary to access many jobs in Kenya. Damaris' own parents struggle to make ends meet during times of drought. As a result Damaris and many other children are unable to continue their education without financial support. Never able to realize their full academic potential, these youth are limited in the types of careers they can pursue, reinforcing the cycle.
The region surrounding Elangata Wuas has been suffering from increased droughts in recent years which has had a severe impact on a community economically centered around livestock. For this reason, livelihood diversity is a key in the region and earning a high school education provides greater potential to access and create jobs. For children in Elangata Wuas the opportunity to attend high school means a chance to broaden not only their academic horizons but also their job prospects.