We are proud to announce that GEF currently has 12 proud graduates of secondary school and an additional 20 to graduate this year! This is an extraordinary accomplishment given that only 8.3% of all young Kenyans ever complete secondary school, and particularly for GEF scholars who live in poverty and are either orphaned or come from families stressed by poverty, HIV/AIDS and violence.
Four promising girls and boys who graduated last year have been awarded GEF post secondary grants to enable them to attend trade schools or community college programs. Margaret graduated top of her class and has now enrolled in a course in music video production. Violet wants to become a social worker to help children and others less fortunate than herself. With a small internship stipend from GEF after she graduated, Violet volunteered for six months at an orphanage to better assess her aptitude and the training she would need for this type of work. Violet has just entered a 12-month diploma course in community development. Elizabeth was accepted as an intern at the GEF Kenya office following her graduation from high school in 2009. She used her internship to familiarize herself with the tasks required for office work, particularly bookkeeping and the use of computers. Today Elizabeth is studying accounting at a local vocational school. Finally, Freddy has enrolled in a computer course to build his already amazing computer skills. We are so proud of each of them!
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