There is little education available for girls in Kenya. For many, this means few chances to escape a life of poverty. In Ondati, one of Kenya’s poorest regions, girls often marry older men to avoid such a prospect. By the time they are 20, many will have had their first child. A culture of polygamy only adds to the already dire spread of AIDs and HIV. As the start of new academic year looms Ondati School desperately needs a new classroom for the growing number of students.
The school uses business activities, such as bee-keeping, to teach the girls vocational skills and business acumen. Within 5 years, we hope these businesses will generate enough income to fund the school entirely.
We will educate 60-80 girls every year. Our aim is to produce generation after generation of educated and empowered young women, who have the skills and confidence to lift themselves out of poverty. The bigger the school, the more classrooms the school has means that more girls year on year can get access to an education their deserve.