In Kenya, the new school year begins in January. After a six week break from regular schedules, GET UP programs for middle school girls get underway again this Saturday, February 9. Eight women, community leaders in their local areas, have been trained to lead this year’s programs which emphasize dealing with peer pressure, health education, and girls’ legal rights.
The challenges our girls face sometimes seem overwhelming. Poverty, disease, and cultural norms all create enormous obstacles to a girl being able to stay in school, perform to her best ability, and fully utilize her talents and skills.
We are inspired by girls like Ivon, whose parents died five years ago. Ivon now lives with her four brothers and sisters. The oldest sister serves as guardian for the others, and stays at home raising corn and beans to feed the family so that the other children can remain in school. Ivon takes advantage of this opportunity, performing at the top of her class. She loves math and science, and says she wants to work in the medical field when she grows up.
We believe Ivon has the possibility of a bright future ahead! Through GET UP meetings, Ivon receives guidance and support from trained women professionals and local community leaders. GET UP mentors and programs help Ivon to overcome the peer and cultural pressures which could influence her to make harmful life decisions.
Your support continues to be a vital part of our efforts with Ivon and the many other girls just like her. Thank you for being a partner with us, as we help Ivon to GET UP, not give up!