Education
 Kenya
Project #2247

Rescuing 100 girls from early marriages in Kenya

by Juhudi Children in Crisis
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A number of girls drop out of school due to the extreme poverty of their families or lack of support from the single parent and orphan children. But for the case of Mercy an orphan and firstborn orphan, was just a challenge to pass.

Mercy who is joining her university in the month of September has successfully finished her form four and passed with a mean grade of B+. She is focused and now thinking on how to help her younger sister and brothers. She is also thankful as she continually asks Juhudi to come out and help more other girls like her.

Thank you.

Ann Bosire has finished her secondary school education and now she is focused in helping and supporting other girls by motivating and encouraging them to continue with their education. As girls are the mostly affected by school dropout challenge, Ann is now at her front line in seeing that more girls complete at least their secondary school education. As Ann says that Juhudi has been in her continued support to see that she could get all that she needed in completing her education. “I could drop out of school and get married if it were not the support that you have given me. I got all what I wanted as a girl and this motivated me and maintained me to continue with my studies. Please continue in  supporting  more as this will bring light to many young girls who are out there and in danger of dropping out of school  for marriage as things look tough for them and nobody is there for them. Thanks Juhudi and all those behind this” she says.

It is very impressing to see that Rose Apiyo and Josephine Namalwa have gone back to school. These two girls were smiling and asking themselves questions which we answered together as we approached their Geta secondary school. They were asking where they could be if it were not the support of Juhudi Children in Crisis. Apiyo said that she could be somewhere in the village as a house wife and Josephine said that she could be in the village married but no exact number of children that she could be having. It is through the support of Juhudi that these young girls with a lot of potential that they are back in school. 'Thanks for your continued support' says Apiyo and Josephine.

Apiyo at Geta Secondary School
Apiyo at Geta Secondary School

Rose Apiyo Abala was born in a very poor family. Seventeen years old Apiyo was forced to live with her grandmother in order to get her primary education. Also this made her parents to move away from home to an urban area for a job to help her and other children to access education. Apiyo struggled and worked hard, which saw her finish her primary education which prepared her to join secondary education. This made her to move living with her aunt. Here the challenges of Apiyo started. After attending form one the first year, she was working hard but not of real good performance.

On her second year in secondary school, Apiyo got a very big challenge which made her drop out of school. She was cheated by another fellow student from different school that she could have been married by the boy. This could not happen because they were both in school. After some time in relationship, Apiyo got pregnant. She could not go to school anymore as the pregnancy was growing big and she could not conquer the insults from other students in her school.

After talking to her and sharing of her situation, she promised to go back to school once she gives birth. Coming this year by April, Apiyo had delivered a baby girl and now she was anxious to go back to school. Last month, she joined Geta secondary school where she is boarding. Juhudi has come out strongly to rescue this young girl who now smiles and enjoys the secondary school environment. She can now get the requirements and the support that she needs to continue with her education. ‘’I am happy to be in school where I feel secure and comfortable to be. I will be happy helping other girls who are facing the same challenges in future. Thanks for those who are behind my support’’ Says Apiyo.

Apiyo
Apiyo's smile of hope
Jecinter
Jecinter

Having lost her parents at an early age, Jecinter Naliaka has gone through many challenges which led her to seek refuge to relatives for her living. Its only last month when Jecinter lost her relative who has been taking care of her. This made her move to her step grandparent because she needed someone who understood her well and who could take care of her as an orphan. Her step grandparent who surely struggles everyday to get food for her and other children that he lives with could not to support in paying her school fees which saw her sent out of school every time. After meeting Juhudi, jecinter’s school fees has been paid and know she is back in school getting the formal education in Kenya. Jecinter has taken a very big responsibility in her school as a peer educator whose passion is to see other young boys and girls excel in education and life. She frequently trains others in various areas of development. ‘Am happy that I can be in school as other children and promise to give out very good results as I continue to help others as a peer educator’.

 

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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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