Grace’s HIV positive mother was introduced to us 4 years ago when Grace was just 5 years old. Her mother’s only source of income was seasonal work in the fields which earned her $2.00 a day when work was sporadically available. Four generations lived in their tiny two rooms, mud home. Mama Grace’s very ill, HIV-positive husband, their 80 year old grandmother, 4 daughters and the one year old baby of Mama Grace’s 15 year old daughter. Desperately poor does not begin to describe the conditions this family of 9 had to live in with no electricity or running water, but above all else, Mama Grace’s biggest priority was that her children get a good education. We began by assisting the family with rent, food, clothing and cooking fuel while the 3 younger girls attended the local public school. It soon became apparent that these three very bright girls would not receive the education they deserved in the very overcrowded public school system which has as many as 95 children per classroom. We enrolled the girls in one of the best boarding schools in the district while being mindful that they must be within walking distance of their family, allowing their mother to visit them. At boarding school the girls get three nutritious meals a day and their own bed, ensuring a good night sleep.
Little Gracie and her older sister Theresia are both placing #1 in their class at Rosepark Academy. The oldest sister, Margaret is in class 6 and will be graduating to high school at the end of this year. Well done girls…
If it wasn’t for YOU and your generous support, bright young girls like Grace and her sisters would not have access to education. They would never know that they are capable of achieving whatever they reach for.
We didn’t place in the top 4 in GlobalGiving’s Little by Little campaign last week, missing out on $3,000 in bonus money. But we are delighted with the response we did get. Your donations made a lasting difference for our girls in Kenya AND created a race to the top!
Because our project did so well, the other projects in contention had to ramp up their efforts to get ahead of us - meaning your support for girls in Kenya inspired others to empower more girls in the Dominican Republic, educate more girls in Cambodia, sponsor STEM camp for more girls in Nigeria, and help more girls in Vietnam get to school. We're so proud to have been a part of this competition where girls around the world came out as the clear winners.
Thank you so much to everyone of you who made this campaign such a success!
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Grace when we first started sponsoring her at age6
My recent trip to their boarding school so grownup