History: Ganze village, which ranks as one of the poorest communities in Kenya, survives primarily on subsistence farming. The female population are relied on heavily to dig the land and plant crops, fetch water and raise multiple children to also assist in this effort. Polygamy is still widely practiced and young girls are often married to older men to provide more children. School is not free and what little resources families have is invested in education for boys, who they believe have more potential to uplift the family. Women Leading Change starting rebuilding a small girls secondary school in this region in 2011, when there were only 100 girls at the school. The more we built, the more girls came. This year, the school’s population will top out at 500, but the school is not prepared to accommodate all these girls. Our 2016 funding campaign is focused entirely on dormitories and washrooms to ensure that these girls can get a good night sleep and come to class clean and refreshed.
Cost of Project = $286,453
Cost of Project = $266,236
Education is very important to me, but I have missed a lot of school due to the school fees. My father is very old and cannot work and my mother is his second wife and is jobless. She had to struggle to get food, clothing and shelter for me and my 3 siblings by fetching firewood. We are sleeping down on the ground in the same room with the chickens and also cooking there. Because of stress at home and lack of fees, which have caused me to be sent home many times until I can pay them, I have not attained the marks I am capable of and hope to do better in the future. I want to become an accountant.
Eunice was granted a scholarship through One Girl Can and in September 2015, she enrolled in a vocational school to study Business Management. Hopefully she will one day realize her dream of becoming and accountant.
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We work directly with the communities to build the schools.