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First 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.

Hellen Parsumari (at left), 18, barely escaped this pattern. Her father died when she was two, leaving her elderly mother with seven girls and three boys to rear. All the girls but Hellen have been "married off". A pregnancy and baby added to Hellen's precarious educational prospects. Hellen's mother tends the child while Hellen, focused and determined, continues schooling her second year at St. Elizabeth's Catholic boarding school for girls in nearby Karen, Kenya. Hellen wants to be a nurse so that she can support her child and help other siblings.

Rimas Ntagusa, 15 (right), lived with an uncle after her parents died. He recently passed away also, causing Rimas a great deal of pain. Her teachers at Ewuaso Girls Secondary School and MANDO staff offered extra counselling so that she made a comeback and is doing well in form three.

Emily Selea (left), now in form two at Mahimahlu High School, had to drop out of school due to lack of fees and being 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) is in form three at PCEA Kimuka Girls Secondary School, thanks to a corporate donation that pays her sponsorship. Being brought up by her 60-year-old single mother was always an arduous path, but now she is orphaned. Finally this opportunity arose. She had been waiting a number of years. Active in sports and a class representative at her previous school, she was chosen not only on academic merit but hard work, discipline and interpersonal skills. Jennifer wants to be a teacher.

Alice Sianto (left) is at Mahimahlu High School. She had to drop out of upper school when her mother threw her out for refusing FGM. Alice is performing well despite being out of school for an extended time. A MANDO contact found her a private donor.

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 in applying for higher education, Keshura Richard Morinket, 23, is attending South Eastern University of Sri Lanka in the second of a four-year scholarship to study biology. He was awarded a highly competitive Sri Lankan government presidential scholarship for foreign students.

Richard went to school at Eremit Primary School before Oloolaiser High School in Kajiado. With three sisters and five brothers, he is the first in his family to attend university. He plans to return and work with MANDO to give back to his community by improving standards in education.

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