Education
 Kenya
Project #2247

Rescuing 100 girls from early marriages in Kenya

by Juhudi Children in Crisis
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Kadesa, is an seventeen-year-old girl who has benefitted from the activities and programmes offered by the project. Her family includes herself, her mother, three siblings and her Unlce. Her mother work as laborer at neighborhood, where she works a gardener. Kadesa forced to discontinue her education to take care of her three siblings who are in the 11th, 9th and 7th standards respectively. However, Kadesa was reluctant to return to school to study with children who are much younger than her.

The project team met Kadesa when conducting a survey in her community. She was offered help to re-join school, however upon voicing her hesitation, she was instead offered the option of joining the beauty and hair dressing course which she accepted. Kadesa has been using these new cosmetology skills to find paid work for the last seven months weaving and braiding neighbors and earning respect of her family and community whilst doing so.

“I learnt a lot from other girls who were learning with me,” Kadesa explains. “I learnt the way to talk and behave and this changed my personality. Now I dress up neatly and properly and I tend my hair properly too. In the past I was not very tidy about it. Staying back at my house, I could have never been able to speak so well. I feel that a lot of my aspirations have been fulfilled. I have a feeling that I can do something and today I am able to earn on my own. This helps me to live life happily.”

Today Kadesa thinks that she will not have to endure the arduous work her mother had to. She says “thanks to the beauty and hair dressing course, I will be able to earn by putting in less efforts than my mother. I will not face problems travelling places. My family includes me in the decision-making process and when getting me married, they will surely take my views into consideration.” 

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After a humble support to our project in supporting girls and children to peruse their education. Find Ummy one of the girls you supported to continue with her education this year.

Ummy was at risk of dropping out of school after her parents was unable to pay her school fees. She had to stay home for a period of 6 months before Juhudi came in to pay school fees for her. She comes from a poor family who cannot raise money to cater for her school. Juhudi through this project and your help restore her hope again and he returned back to school. She is a bright student who always do well and appear in top ten position in their class of 80 students.

She shared her joy with us here. "Am very happy now after getting this support of paying my fees so that I can pursue my dream. I promise to do my best and pursue my career in medicine and help other girls who are facing same problem like me. Thank you Juhudi for being kind to me and believing in me. I promise not let you down."

The girl is very optimistic and ready to learn and pursue her dream in medicine.  on behalf of all the girls and children we are advocating for change for the support you are continuing supporting us. Without you’re your support Ummy would have been still at home hopelessly or she might have been married since girls are not firm enough. In short, you have make her dream valid.

This is one of the lives you have impacted because of your support and in the coming months I will let you know how Ummy and other girls are getting on.

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Lydia is a form two students at St.Teresa’s secondary school; she had faced a challenge of dropping out of school because she could not raise her school fees. After we identified her as one of our target and paid her school fees. She is now smiling again in her school doing very well in her academics hoping to succeed well and pursue her education up to university level and help other girls in future who are facing the same challenges. Find her as she narrates her story of excellence. “I couldn’t believe the far Juhudi has brought me and now in form two continuing with my education. I thank God and Juhudi at large for the continued support they are always giving me especially in paying my fees. I look forward to work extra harder and come strong as successful girl to support others facing the same challenges i have faced.’’

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Mary dropped out of school in form 3 due to pregnancy. She stayed at home until she delivered. But her dream to continue with her studies came to an end. Her single mother was not able again to take her back to school with a little income she had. The girl was eager to pursue her education further. The girl took a step to seek help from Juhudi children in crisis organization where she got a support to go back to school and pursue her education. She went back to repeat in form 3 and now she is doing her KCSE exam hoping to get a good grade to join a university next year. She hope to support other girls with challenges to pursue education in future with Juhudi children

Sheila Nafula is a fifteen year old orphaned girl from Trans Nzoia County who stays with her aged grandmother. It is for this reason that Juhudi identified her and enrolled her as one of its beneficiaries. Despite being an active member of juhudi programmes, Nafula scored 301 marks in her final grade 8 examinations and emerged 2nd best candidate in her school-a feat that amazed many including teachers and parents who thought she was wasting her time in engaging in Juhudi life skills activities. Nafula is a true champion of our programs as she has show with any littele support given to girls like her, they can both move to the next level in live." Thanks Juhudi for this great opportunity and trust that you have given to me and as seen me grow this far. Am sure am going and will always support young girls who may be facing the challenges of dropping out of school due to lack of support. Marriage is not a solution at our age for the challenges we are facing, we always pray that juhudi will continue to look for more peo[ple who will support more girls like me" said Nafula

 

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Juhudi Children in Crisis

Location: KITALE, Rift Valley - Kenya
Project Leader:
Lameck Nyandega
Executive Director
KITALE, Kenya

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