CRK found Mary and her sister Njoki in Kitale town in 2006 after their father abandoned them. Efforts to trace him up to now have failed. Their mother has mental health problems and cannot support her children. Mary and her siblings were brought to Liyavo originally. CRK is now working with Mary's extended family to help the mother and the children, and to enable Mary to complete her education. This request is for assistance to cover her school fees and related costs.
As the oldest child in her family Mary is responsible for her younger siblings. She is currently in form two of secondary school and is performing very well. Therefore completing her education is a priority to enable Mary to secure admission to university (in Kenya students achieving a B+ or above receive a scholarship and Government loan). Your support will ensure that Mary is able to continue studying, be an effective role model for her younger siblings and better provide for them in future.
CRK provides a supportive role in ensuring that Mary attends school and returns to a family home each holiday that is able to satisfy her needs and those of her siblings. This includes working with extended family members to provide an enabling environment for studying, adequate food and other resources, and effective psychosocial support. CRK conduct school visits to monitor Mary's academic progress and engage with the teachers throughout to ensure she performs well.
As an educated young woman Mary will be a good role model for her siblings, the children of her extended family and also her home community. Building the extended family's capacity to support Mary and her siblings will also benefit all family members and impact on the economic development of the community. Directly this project will benefit Mary and her seven siblings. Indirectly it will benefit many more.