Many women from Obunga slum are single mothers struggling to raise their children with little support. Because they lack education, they cannot get decent jobs, earn money & send their children to school. Girls like 10 year old Lilian have almost zero chance of accessing quality education. Life in the slum exposes them to dangers of sexual harassment, rape, and early pregnancies as they live in poverty with their parents. We can change this by sending Lilian & her 20 friends to boarding school
HIV/AIDS has claimed the lives of many young women in Obunga Slum. Orphans like Lilian are left in the care of their grandmothers who have no jobs and have to struggle brewing illicit alcohol to feed and send their grandchildren to school. As they sell alcohol, Lilian and her friends are forced to help, exposing them to sexual predators, and possible abuse. Poverty also means men with money can lure them into early sexual debut hence early pregnancies and contacting diseases including HIV/AIDS.
Lilian and 20 other girls will join the boarding school in January 2017. Akili Girls Boarding school provides a safe haven for at risk girls from obunga slum, allowing them to access quality education. Here, they will be safe from the hardships of the slum. They will be provided with 3 meals a day, books, great caretakers like Nancy and Mary and a safe home where they can grow and thrive.
The holistic education we are giving Lilian and her friends is life changing. They will never be like their mothers and grandmothers who never had education and struggled to break the vicious cycle of poverty in vain. Instead, they will be empowered to reach their full potential, make the best decisions for their families, earn income to support their communities and become the next generation of women leaders in our country and the world.