Girls' Education in Kenya
Presbyterian churches in Africa have a vision to provide a future of hope for children and their families. Girls from poor families have no choice other than going home after 8th grade. This severely limits their job opportunities, and most of them stay home. They rarely get a chance to attend school again. By making high schools available to girls, you will be providing them with opportunities to go to high school and learn a skill which will help them enter the job market for better income.
Pwani Girls’ High School in Mariakani (the coastal area of Kenya) started in 2008 with only nine girls. Before this school opened, Christians either had to send their girls to Muslim schools in Pwani or to Christian schools far away at a great cost. Phase one of the school has been completed, and there are 150 girls in attendance. Phase two, consisting of another dormitory and two classrooms, began in 2015 at a cost of $50,000.
Kimuka Girls’ High School in Kimuka, Maasai land, opened in 2008 and currently has 350 girls. It is a Maasai custom to betroth young girls to older men. Often girls are sent to their husband as soon as they reach puberty because of the money given to the family. Women have few or no options in the Maasai culture. Boarding schools offer them safety from early marriage, and education gives them a hopeful future. The first class of 30 girls graduated in 2012. They plan to move all over Maasai land, and the impact is going to be huge. There is still a need to build more dormitories and classrooms to accommodate 400 girls. The estimated cost is $10,000.
Ngong Girls’ High School opened in 2006. It currently has 320 children in attendance. It was started as a girls’ high school and is called a girls’ school, but both boys and girls are admitted. Starting this year only girls will be admitted, and boys will be weaned from the school making it as it was originally intended. This school is currently in need of two classrooms and a dining hall a cost of $10,000 to handle the students’ needs. Educating girls in Africa is one way to strengthen communities and give hope to families.
Minimum Goal for 2016
$25,000-Pwani Girls' High School
$10,000-Kimuka Girls' High School $10,000-Ngong Girls' High School