Greetings from Nairobi!
Last year at a time like this i wrote a small report appealing for support for 2 of our girls who were sitting for their final examinations at both the primary and secondary school levels. In Kenya, the final primary school examination is known as Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations(KCPE) and comes after 8 years of schooling. One must pass this test inorder to proceed to the next level which is: Secondary school. The secondary school final examination is the "O'' Levels which comes after KCPE i.e after 4 years of schooling and is the examination that enables one to join the University (undergraduate) or tertiary learning institutions in Kenya. We presented 2 candidates in 2014, one for each level. This was the first time that we were presenting candidates for national examinations.
Mary (not her real name) is a 17 year old girl from Ethiopia who was rescued from trafficking. She had been trafficked to Kenya for purposes of child labour, to work as a househelp. As an unhappy child, living with both her father and step-mother back in Ethiopia, she became an easy target to some traffickers who promised her a better life in Kenya, where she would access education. After being out of the school system for approximately 4 years, Mary was able to return to school and work hard. We are proud that she managed to do us proud having scored as follows:
English - A, Kiswahili National Language - B, Mathematics - A-, Science 72B, Socia Science and Religion - B
Ann (not her real name) is a girl who had been working as a domestic worker before returning to school to complete her secondary school education under the sponsorship of TAGS. When Ann dropped out of school due to an early pregnancy, her father chased her away from home and never wanted her to go back. Now that she has passed her examinations, her father has welcomed her back home and is very proud of her. She has scored as follows:
English-B, Kiswahili-B, Mathematics-C+, Biology-C, Chemistry-C, Geography-C-, Christian Religious Education-B
With this performance, our girls both qualify to proceed to the next levels of their education.
We are most grateful for all that you have done. We could not have achieved this success without your support, as it has taken a lot of resources and goodwill from all of you. Our investment in education is paying off, thanks to you! Let us continue supporting girls to return to school by giving them another chance.......
Won't you allow me to close with these words from Ann? "I am very grateful to Edith and the entire team working at the Talia Agler Gilrs Shelter. I also want to thank all our donors for supporting us to be in school. The program has given me a second chance to go back to school and achieve my dream of joining the university"
Girls attending class at the shelter