There are many reasons a Samburu 15 year-old girl might need help to continue her education. She could have never been sent to school or withdrawn from school to tend her family’s animals.
After regular school hours, there was a Shepherd School teaching 95 of these children, but the funding has stopped. It is being continued with prayers of some support.
She might have completed primary school, but have no way to pay for secondary school, so is being readied to be married off. If only she had a scholarship, her life will be different – no marriage and childbearing before “Sweet sixteen”
Twenty- two married women, some as young as fifteen want to continue their education through an adult literacy program – 3 hours/3days per week. They want their children and families to know more and do more than they can. Through education these girls and women can understand the practices of female genital cutting, early marriage and childbirth and make informed choices for their daughters. They will have alternatives for security other than large familes of 7-9 children.
For background material see:
- Samburu Rites of Passage: Becoming Man & Wife
- Samburu Rites of Passage: Beading, Female and Male Circumcision
- Susan Lenantare