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Diana Adhiambo was born 27 April 1990. When she was ten years old she lost both of her parents and her younger brother to HIV/AIDS, and was forced to drop out of school. She then stayed with her grandmother, living in poverty and without proper shelter. The next year Diana's aunt, a nun, took responsibility for Diana's education and sent her to boarding school. Diana completed primary school in 2004 with very high marks. Her aunt had since been crippled by an accident, so Diana had to beg and do housework to pay for high school. In July 2010 Diana began volunteering as a teacher for orphans at the Kajiado Children's Home, where she had a safe place to live. A friend there put her in contact with MGEF. Currently, Diana is earning her BS in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Pwani University College, and spending 3 months as an intern at the Sarova Whitesands Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.
Date of Birth: 04/27/1990
Started Program: 1 year 38 weeks ago
Start Grade: University
Current Grade: University
School: Pwani University College
Annet Nakae Kakuro is one of seven children born to unemployed parents. Her father pledged Annet to marriage when she was still young, and by the 6th grade, her wedding was planned. Annet's education and future would have ended had her mother not defied his orders and told Annet to seek safety at a grandparents' home. Furious, Annet's father beat her mother until she had no other choice but to runaway, bringing along her other children. Now, Annet lives with an uncle who is determined to protect her from early marriage and to help her complete school. He cannot, however, afford her secondary school expenses. Through an MGEF scholarship, Annet began attending Oloosuyian Girls Secondary School in January 2012.
Date of Birth: 04/27/1998
Started Program: 1 year 16 weeks ago
Start Grade: 9th Grade (Form 1)
Current Grade: 10th Grade (Form 2)
School: Oloosuyian Girls Secondary School
Noel Nenkai Kamukuru was born 27 May 1988 to a family of six children. When she was twelve years old, her father died and her uncles decided to marry her off. Her marriage to a 60 year old man was arranged in secret, and her mother, who was opposed to the plan, was not informed. When her mother found out about the engagement, she went to MGEF for help. Noel was sent to boarding school, avoiding the marriage that would not have allowed her to continue her education past the third grade. Noel graduated from Moi Girls Secondary School in 2009. She is currently earning a Teacher's certificate in Early Childhood Development from Emerald College.
Date of Birth: 05/27/1988
Started Program: 12 years 38 weeks ago
Start Grade: 3rd Grade (Class 3)
Current Grade: Vocational School
School: Emerald College
Zainab was born on 10 May 1997. Her father has a diagnosis of epilepsy, which costs the family a great deal in medical treatment and also prevents him from working. Her father's sickness has a profound psychological affect on her mother, who also does not work. Zainab lives with her grandmother and is dependent on the charity of others to support her education. Zainab is a bright, hard-working student and has been one of the top five students in her class every year. Zainab had no means of continuing to fund her education and was on the verge of dropping out of school when MGEF began sponsoring her in 2011. She now attends Kajiado Township Primary School.
Date of Birth: 05/04/2001
Started Program: 2 years 3 weeks ago
Start Grade: 5th Grade (Class 5)
Current Grade: 7th Grade (Class 7)
School: St. John's Catholic Primary School
Silvia's father has four wives and abandoned Silvia's mother. Silvia ran away from home at the age of 11 to avoid being married off. She stayed with an uncle, who supported her, but could not afford to pay for her education, nor prevent her eventual marriage once she reached puberty. MGEF began sponsoring Silvia in 2003.
Date of Birth: 01/01/1992
Started Program: 10 years 21 weeks ago
Start Grade: 5th Grade (Class 5)
Current Grade: College
School: Maasai Technical Training Institute
A donation to MGEF will help to buy shoes, a uniform, and supplies for a student, or pay school fees for a needy girl to go to school.
Sponsorship is an opportunity to be a part of one student's life for the duration of her education and beyond. If you are interested in sponsoring a student, please contact MGEF so that we can discuss which is the best student for you.