A strong student, Yvonne is already focused on her future. When asked what she hopes to do after graduating high school Yvonne tells us "I want to join university to study medicine and then become a doctor". A lover of netball and music this well rounded student is eager to learn. With your help Africa SOMA will cover the costs of Yvonne's final four years of high school, giving her the educational foundation to not only become a doctor but change her life. $790 will cover Yvonne's tuition.
When asked why she wants to become a doctor Yvonne confidently replied, "I think I have the heart for that job; I like taking care of patients. Whenever I go to the hospital I really like seeing the patients being attended to and helped. I think I would be good at that job". We agree. By investing in Yvonne, not only are you investing in the career of a girl from an ethnic minority in a rural region, but you are investing in Kenya's future.
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. Yvonne's own parents are pastoralists supporting her four older brothers through their high school degrees and their incomes depend on many risky factors making it difficult to pay for school fees. With your financial support Yvonne can go to school without worrying that a drought might demand that she drop out due to unpaid fees.
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. 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 chance to attend high school means a chance to broaden not only their academic horizons but also their job prospects.