We wish to secure a year's secondary education for 30 girls in Msambweni, Kenya. Girls who achieve well in primary school and have aspirations are rarely able to progress to secondary school; the cost is prohibitive. This project will, in particular, assist orphans or girls who are being raised by a woman living on her own. Education will transform the life of each of these girls, provide hope and security to the whole of her family and improve the quality of life in her community.
Most of the families in the rural, coastal villages that make up Msambweni are poor; they rely on farming or fishing for their livlihood. Jobs in the tourist industry recently have been hit very hard. There is no free secondary education; all state secondary schools in Msambweni District are boarding schools & therefore beyond the means of most. Fewer than 5% of girls go to secondary school. Most families aspire to educate daughters as much as sons & this enlightened attitude warrants support.
This project will secure a secondary education for 30 girls who achieved well at primary school. The funds will pay for the fees at Kingwede Girls High School, Msambweni, one of the most highly recognised schools in Kwale Province. Etatu also assists families with uniform & school supplies, book purchases and loans, sanitary supplies, routine health care and eye checks, study support in the holidays, a solar light and a mosquito net. The breadth of this provision is a feature of our support.
The significance of a secondary education is profound & far-reaching. A young woman's job prospects & access to micro-finance loans improves. She is six times less likely to be a child bride than a girl with rudimentary education, is half as likely to experience violence in her marriage, is 70% less likely to die in childbirth. Her children are more likely to survive past the age of 5. The level of hunger in her village will fall. This project offers this life-changing chance to 30 girls.