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Students go on to higher education

Thanks to sponsorships, girls are going on secondary schools. All too often poverty and the cultural tradition of arranged marriages take girls out of school.

Rimas Ntagusa, 16 (right), lived with an uncle after her parents died. He passed away also, causing Rimas a great deal of pain. Her teachers at Ewuaso Girls Secondary School and MANDO staff offered extra counseling so that she made a comeback and is doing well in form four.

Emily Selea (left), now in form three at Maasai High School in Ngong, had to drop out of school due to lack of fees, having been chased away from home for refusing to undergo the traditional Maasai practice of female genital mutilation, even though her mother supported her decision. Her mother is bedridden due to an accident. After hearing about MANDO sponsorships from friends she took the initative to solicit one, visiting MANDO offices on her own.

Jennifer Lekoi (right) just finished secondary school at PCEA Kimuka Girls School, thanks to a corporate donation that paid her sponsorship. Being brought up by her 60-year-old single mother was always an arduous path, even before becoming incapacitated and no longer able to support her daughter. Jennifer wants to on on to university and become a teacher. From a community where few girls get as far as she has, a sponsorship would set a wonderful example.

Alice Sianto Kilusu (left) completed secondary school at Mahimahlu High School. She had to drop out of upper school when her mother threw her out for refusing female genital mutilation, a common Maasai cultural practice. Then a donor was found to allow her to continue studies. She, too, is awaiting a university sponsor, which would inspire other girls to achieve.

Hellen Parsumari (right) has a particulary difficult story. Her father died when she was two, leaving her elderly mother with seven girls and three boys to rear. All the girls but Hellen were "married off". Hellen showed academic promise and received sponsorships. Pregnancy caused her to drop out of St. Elizabeth's Catholic boarding school where she was attending on sponsorship. When her mother took over child care, she returned to school. Then another pregnancy. Despite all this, St. Elizabeth's is encouraging Hellen to finish two remaining years of secondary school. Hellen wants to be a nurse so that she can support her children and help other siblings.

MANDO collaborates with Investment for Developing Communities (IDC) and private donors to sponsor bright and needy girls in obtaining primary school fees or attending boarding schools. Others awaiting help can be helped by donating via Paypal. These successes are spurring other parents to try to get their children support. Scholarships go strictly to children who could not otherwise go to school due to Richardpoverty. Nearly all parents are illiterate, and families live in homes made of twigs and mud. "It’s not the best pool of children to create a center of excellence," says MANDO director Michael Sayo, "but so far results are impressive." View the video Educating the Girl Child.

Helped by MANDO director Michael Sayo to apply for college, Richard Keshura Morinket is attending South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, having been awarded a highly competitive Sri Lankan government presidential scholarship for foreign students. He is in the honors program for applied biology and should complete his degree in 2018.

Richard went to school at Eremit Primary School before going to Oloolaiser High School in Kajiado. With three sisters and five brothers, he is the first in his family to attend university.

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