On October 28, 2021, we received a donation of 10000 dollars from GlobalGiving towards our Educating Girls in Northern Kenya project. The funds were to be used in delivering this project’s activities: supporting girls with tuition fees for high school and providing sanitary pads.
We have created project guidelines to help us in utilizing these funds as efficiently as possible:
Work with schools to identify the most vulnerable girls who have potential to perform well in school but have school fee balances due to their backgrounds.
Vet these applications through meetings with parents and guardians and collect their statements to support their applications.
Required documents to support applications include school report forms for the last two school terms and a current fee balance note signed from the school.
A committee then reviews and provides recommendations on each application.
The scholarship payments are made directly to the school bank account and the school is informed once payment has been completed.
So far, we have received 54 applications from different schools, 40 of which have been approved and payments are being processed.
256,000 shillings ($2,560)has been awarded so far, with an average award amount of 6400 shillings (approx.$64).
We are using an online platform to store and process these applications and have attached our current status dashboard to this report.
Here are some individual stories from some of the applicants we have received so far:
Girl affected by recent ethnic clashes in Marsabit
They lost their home in the recent ethnic clashes. She has 5 siblings and her eldest sister dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. The sister is now a small-scale hairdresser and supports their mother with shopping for food.
Their father died 8 years ago and their mother now supports the entire family by doing small scale business activities in town. They were affected by the conflict where they had to move from place to place to settle in peace. They stayed at her sister's home for one month but the mother felt shy and decided to move to a rental house with her family in a bedsitter house sharing a bed and place to sit. The space is very small but they have nothing to do but to be patient.
The girl in school will hopefully complete high school next year.
School where only 1 girl can afford a school uniform
In this mixed gender high school, only one girl has a school uniform. Her parents did not buy her a new school uniform, but she inherited it from her sister who had dropped out earlier due to lack of school fees. At least five of the applicants we received from this school are growing up as orphans.
The community has chipped in to support these girls by requesting for support from the government and also supporting the headteacher. The headteacher has also made an effort to ensure that these girls continue with their education and do not drop out. The girls believe that they will complete school and support their parents in future.
We have awarded ten girls in this school to continue with their education.
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