Education  Kenya Project #26634

Beauty & Brains Scholarship Fund

by Mfariji Africa
Beauty & Brains Scholarship Fund

It almost feels like yesterday, when I had to pick my bags and head back home from school. Not having enough school fees, my hope of becoming a future doctor was diminished greatly. Today is different. Heading back home again for April holiday break, it’s unbelievable that I’m on my second year of high school. This wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of Mfariji Africa and the passionate dedicated funders who make my dreams possible with those of other young girls.

Today I go home empowered, motivated and driven, counting the days to get back and keep working hard. I'm still dreaming, and my dream today is to be a pillar of hope for the girls in my village.  Everyday I pray that I will hold the door open to allow other girls to come right behind me while also being proud that I have become a role model for the youth in my community, which is a responsibility I don’t take lightly.

Today I want to let you know that your support to Mfariji Africa has made my dreams come true.

 Irene  

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Last week in the midst of a lot of elections uncertainty in Kenya, this brave Mfariji team set out to go to Kitui to do one last swipe of encouragement, mentorship and empowerment to the sitting class 7 and 8 students of Kangondi Primary school. These are our real heroes who refuse to give up until change happens.

Irene, our first Scholarship recipient, joined in to encourage the students to do their best sighting that an opportunity to attend high school for her has completely changed her life, her family’s life and will forever impact her children’s generation. She believes so strongly in the vision of Mfariji Africa, that she has committed to be a peer mentor during school holidays and continue mentoring more girls to follow her path.

Studies have also shown that girls who are educated earn higher salaries, 10 to 20 percent more for each additional year of secondary school, and sending more girls to school and into the workforce can boost an entire country's GDP. Educated girls also marry later, have lower rates of infant and maternal mortality, and are more likely to immunize their children and less likely to contract malaria and HIV no matter where they are and what the circumstances. Through the Beauty & Brains scholarship Fund we hope to continue raising our voice for girls to get educated.

Last month, our founder Alice, was interviewed by Kenyan local media station, NTV. She explains candidly, why Sanitary pads ,Mentorship and high school scholarships are key to equalizing girls opportunities in school.

The story of a Kenyan lady in the US fundraising to provide sanitary pads to poor girls in her village

Mfariji Africa is making sure that marginalized girls in Kenya receive all the opportunities they deserve, leading with education..

Because every girl deserves a bright future are you ready to empower girls by making a donation?

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Irene's grandpa receives 2nd term school fees.
Irene's grandpa receives 2nd term school fees.

Dear Friends and supporters,

"My granddaughter, Irene,  is the joy of my life. I raised her with high expectations and ensured she finished her primary education without glitches. Last year she completed her 8th grade and outdid herself as the top student in her school and division. We received the news with lots of excitement but deep down i was confused and in a state of panic. The situation in my country, Kenya, is that the wait time to receive an admission letter for secondary school takes about a month or less. While waiting, I began thinking about raising her school’s fees and her other needs for boarding school. Raising Irene on my own has been challenging. Her single mother, who is my daughter works at a nearby village as a domestic worker and barely makes enough to feed her other children. Mfariji Africa has been working in our community for 4 years and immediately reached out and offered her a secondary school scholarship. I was even more surprised when they showed me a video of my granddaughter speaking in one of their events distributing sanitary pads to keep girls in school.

Mfariji Africa has changed not just the life of my granddaughter but my whole family as well and generated a new hope in the community. Thank you for supporting their work. Any penny donated to Mfariji Africa counts for my granddaughter’s education." ~ Mr. Nzoka (Irenes granfather)

On other news, our founder spent a week in a conference in Washington D.C which culminated into a lobby day at capitol hill. She met with Delaware congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and aides in Senator Chris Coons' Office and Senator Thomas Carper's office. The main agenda was to ask them to support funding for Global Partnership for Education (GPE) .GPE is the only international partnership exclusively dedicated to education in the poorest countries worldwide and makes education a reality for more children by supporting developing countries to build strong education systems’.GPE will be gathering donor governments, developing country partners, and philanthropic and private sector donors to pledge funds to fulfill an ambitious three-year plan to support an additional 19 million children complete primary school and 6.6 million children complete lower secondary school. The U.S. must continue to support GPE so that all children are given the opportunity to unlock their potential through education.

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Dear Friend,
Look at Irene! Thanks to you she has not missed a single day of her 1st term in secondary school for 4 months! As she excitedly prepares to tackle 2nd term she had a special message for you.
 
January 23rd is the day I reported to school accompanied by my aging grandfather. Unfortunately for me I did not get a chance to carry my suitcase to the dormitory like the other girls. We did not last 5 mins at the school accountant’s office, without 1/3rd of the school fees there was no possible way I was getting admitted that day. I remember at that point feeling like the world had stopped on me! I turned to look at my grandpa and the look of hopelessness was resigned all over his face,at that point I just knew I was done. All the hard work, the late nights was for nothing. I remember just sitting there thinking what was the point? Success, education, good career is meant for a select few. So, we gathered my boxes and everything else I’d come with and we were out of the school gate waiting for the next minibus to take us home.
In 3 days, my grandpa received a call from my former headteacher, a woman so passionate about girls and education, she was more of a mentor than a teacher to me. To cut the long story short in a week on February 2nd I was back in the minibus, this time with a cheque of my complete remaining school fees from Mfariji Africa. My first term just ended and i received a follow up call from Mfariji. I know you don’t know me, I know you might never even meet me but I wanted to say this to you. The donation you gave to Mfariji Africa paid my school fees, it gave me hope that someone I don’t know, i may never meet cares. And because of that, I promise I will do my best, I will work hard, I will put in extra time because you my friend just made me understand that success is not for a select few. Because you believed in the work that Mfariji Africa does in our community a girl like me gets an opportunity to influence the world positively tomorrow.

I want you to know my friend my life is forever changed!
 
Thank you ~ Irene.
 
No act of Kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.
 
 
Alice Aluoch
Founder, http://mfarijiafrica.org/
 



 

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Mfariji Africa

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Twitter: @MfarijiAfrica
Project Leader:
Alice Aluoch
Nairobi, Kenya
$700 raised of $15,000 goal
 
26 donations
$14,300 to go
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