As you can see in the photo above these girls are at Sirembe Secondary School to work. They are in school to overcome societal myths that say "girls are not as smart as boys" or "girls are not a good investment", but most importantly they are here to realize their dreams and ensure a bright future for themselves and their families.
These young women wake up before 5am each morning to begin their day. Their entire day is focused on their studies and if you ask each and every one of them, there is no place they would rather be. They value their education in a way that I do not see here in the US. The problem is that many of their families do not have the money it takes to pay the fees. That is where YOU come in.
The Kenyan school year begins in January, we want to raise $5000 by January 1st to help 20 girls go to school! The cost of a full year of school including a full year of boarding at school (food and shelter), and their required uniform is $500. Many families can pay part of that, but they need additional help to keep these bright young minds in school.
In our Restore Humanity Outreach Program we usually pay a partial scholarship for each student, and will provide a full scholarship for those in the most dire of circumstances. The government provides partial funding for secondary students and we have found that encouraging the family to pitch in how they can makes this a real investment for everyone involved. However, there are cases where the family literally has nothing to give, in those cases we cover more, if not all.
We want to give 20 partial scholarships to girls at Sirembe Secondary School for 2016!
Consider donating a one-time gift of $500 for two girls or $250 for one.
You could also sign up for a monthly recurring payment of $20 per month ( annual total $250 or one educated girl) or $40 per month (annual total is $500 or 2 educated girls).
Need a great gift idea? How about educating a girl in Kenya?
These young women are hungry for education and for a chance to realize their dreams. In fact the first year that girls were allowed to board at Sirembe Secondary School (2014) they averaged higher than the boys for the first time ever! Those amazing women worked so hard to drown out the doubters and naysayers and show everyone just what they were made of!
Join us to help these amazing young women realize their dreams! Donate today!
Do you need more reasons to educate a girl? Check out these stats from a recent UNESCO report:
The education of girls and women can lead to a wide range of benefits – from improved maternal health, reduced infant mortality and fertility rates to increased prevention against HIV and AIDS.
More educated mothers are more likely to know that HIV can be transmitted by breastfeeding, and that the risk of mother-to-child transmission can be reduced by taking drugs during pregnancy.
An extra year of female schooling reduces fertility rates by 10%, according to the World Bank.
In Mali, women with secondary or higher level of education have an average of 3 children, while those with no education have an average of 7 children.30
In Burkina Faso, mothers with secondary education are twice as likely to give birth in health facilities as those with no education
Each extra year of a mother’s schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10%.
Children of mothers with secondary education or higher are twice as likely to survive beyond age 5 compared to those whose mothers have no education.
Improvements in women’s education explained half of the reduction in child deaths between 1990 and 2009.
A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age 5.35
In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 1.8 million children’s lives could have been saved in 2008 if their mothers had at least a secondary education.
Wages, agricultural income and productivity – all critical for reducing poverty – are higher where women involved in agriculture receive a better education.
Each additional year of schooling beyond primary offers greater payoffs for improved opportunities, options and outcomes for girls and women.
Thank you for your support--
The Restore Humanity Global Team