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Send The Girls To school

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Travelling from Mombasa to Lungalunga, a group of women stop the vehicle at Ramisi ready to board. Besides them is a bundle of 'Makuti' usually used for roofing of traditional thatched houses and a young girls aged about 15 years who is burdened with the weight of the baby she is carrying on her back. Upon boarding the public vehicle, the girl is entrusted with the responsibility of delivering the roofing material to her destination. We resume on the journey and the conductor soon asks for bus fare from the girl. It happens that the new passenger has no enough money to meet the full fare to her final stop.

There begun name calling from the bus conductor to the girl with treats of throwing her out of the vehicle. It was an unbearable scene to watch the girl helplessly pleading for mercy. The pain that drew empathy from my collegue and I forcing us to intervene.

As I paid the fare demanded for the girl's sake, i could not help but think that this girl could possibly be somebody's wife, may be battered and abused, may be having gone home to her parents for help but forced to return to her abusive husband because her family already received dowry that they cannot repay.
I saw a girl who should be in school but instead is a mother bearing family responsibilities beyong her strength and capability.

Such are many cases in Lungalunga a remote village on the south coast of Kenya. A needs assessment by Project Africa reveals that in 2001 at least 50 girls enrolled in primary education at Lungalunga primary school, However in 2008, only 19 girls completed primary education and amongst these 2 girls sat their final primary education examination while pregnant.

Reports from the local teachers attribute girl school drop out rate to harmful traditional practises taht focus on finding teenage girls suitors and marriage partners who in most cases are older men considered to be wealthy by the community. Girls succumb to family pressure and marry at an early age so that they can earn their families income which is later used for education of boys.

Amongst families affected by HIV/AIDS, many young girls drop out of school to find source of income to take care of their sibblings. Rural girls are employed as house helps by middle and high class families in the cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa, others fall into the trap of commercial sex work earning from engaging into riski nad and unprotected sex with long distance truck drivers or tourist plying Kenya- Tanzania route through Lungalunga which sits at the border.

Project Africa has come in handy to help in rescue of girls who are at risk of dropping out of school. In 2009 the project has rescued 4 girls two of whom have joined secondary education. The other wto await sponsorship to find school fees.

The rescue process allows the girls t stay at Project Africa's Mission house or with Project Africa staff until they are safe to return to their families. The Girls are always informed that they can come back to th emission house whenever they feel threatened to be at home.

for those Orphaned headed households where girls have taken the responsibility to be bread winners, The challenge is greater when there is no source of income. Most of the girls from such households have desired to continue with education, however they are torn in between pursuing their life goals and making sacrifice of upholding their families and sibblings together.

Project Africa Program of learning by doing and earning, gives girls a chanceto work in the cottage industry over the weekends and produce handicrafts which are later sold and the income earned pays wages and school fees for the participants.

There is need to educate the community on the importance of educating girls. There is also need to support girls with acquiring tools and materials they need to establish income generating activities that can pay for their school fees and wages.

A donation of USD 50 can enroll a girl to secondary school. And a Donation of USD100 can buy tools and materials for start up of a cottage industry for one girl. Friends of Project Africa have donated sewing machines in 2008 which are currently used in training by the women in Lungalunga and the girls. however after training i is important to start own lines of enterprenuership.

We appeal to friends and wellwishers to support women and help send the girls to school.

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amelsaeed's picture

Girls Educatin

Agirl 12 year old studying in class seven in a governmental school she is very cleaver and intelegant she love study and always hope to be adoctor her mother is servent working at homes to help her familyand especial kids to be educatd .This girl is very keen on her study and preparing her self for the coming year to move to higher secondary and prepare her way to be a future doctor when the surpprise of her life come the school ask her to pay exam fees which is too high for familty who fight to leave and she could not make it even her mam and she apologise the school to give her atime after exam and she will manage the money but no one care and she left chool by force at that time she burried al her dream and full family dream too in the school ,since that day she escape from her school and mother and run to work at homes where she suffer alot and face alot off bad things as agirl and had no one to take care off and she always blame her luck and life.thire is many girls like her who need to take care of them give them good education and home in our community .

amel saeed

Dear Amalseed

I agree with you that all girls irrespective of their race, religion and cultural upbringing must be protected from those who exploit theit childhood. Girls must be allowed to go to school and should be mentored to reach their ultimate goals in life. Thank you for sharing your story

Zuhra's picture

Time is now

time has come that if we dont act on our young generation and school girls that are droping in a very high rate will loose focus. i deeply agree with my friends that girls must shine and its our responsiblity as innovative people to do that lets join hands and start working on how we can help the generation that is going astray.

thank you

Yes Zuhra what you said is right the time is now

Educating a girl child is important as it is offering eduaction to the whole family nad community. Many parents especially in poor countries thrink taht education for girls is a waste of time and resources. But the benefits superceed. When girls are educated they will contribute favourably to family nutrition and health needs, to chald care and development and even to more family income generation. I am 100% for education of Girls and I will do all in my capacity as a human being to help take one girl to school one year at time one village at time . we all can do this if we choose to.

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