Ganze Girls Secondary School – Kenya

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.

2012-2014 – Phase I – completed

Cost of Project = $286,453

2016 – Phase II – Sourcing Funding

Cost of Project = $266,236

Total = $570,400

 

Eunice’s Story

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.

2016 Update

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.

OUR PROGRESS

Ganze Girls Secondary
2 dormitories and 2 washrooms
2016 TARGET $200,000

100% OF OUR DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO OUR PROJECTS IN AFRICA.*

*AG Hair absorbs all costs related to the administration, marketing, media and travel related to Women Leading Change.
We work directly with the communities to build the schools.

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