Fifteen Years Old – Empowered by Education

Tending goats

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  She could have never been sent to school or withdrawn from school to tend her family’s animals.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.

Accepted to secondary school, but no way to pay

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”

Married with child but still wanting to read and write

Needs scholarship to finish

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:

Please help:  Celo Friends Meeting is supporting projects in these three areas.

Please help me stay in school

Healthy baby, but wants choices other than more children

Enough to educate all children


About geetajyothi

Slightly over the hill Quaker physician passionate that education can transform lives and hopeful that the world will wake up to the imperative to respond meaningfully to the threat of climate change
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2 Responses to Fifteen Years Old – Empowered by Education

  1. Susan Kinnie says:

    Hello Geeta, I came across your web page quite by chance today as a result of being curious about what ‘beading’ meant. It was the result of reading some online material about the Samburu people. I saw some beautiful photos and it was interesting to learn more about them. I loved their colourful clothing. Reading how much the girls want to have an education, but not having the funds, it occurred to me that some of the clothing like they wear would find a ready market in western countries. The money raised from this would more than cover the cost of the girls education I feel. I was quite taken with the uniquely patterned fabrics. One girl photographed was wearing a very beautiful blue and green woven shawl. I would love to have something similar myself! Has it been a consideration, to take advantage of this opportunity? Of course, I have no idea where the materials and clothing came from, and it would take a lot of work, researching and organizing to bring it about, but I do see a possibility here if someone had the vision to carry it through. I am just an ordinary lady in Canada who is interested in seeing these young Samburu girls and women become everything that God would have them to be given the opportunity.
    Susan Kinnie

  2. Kibiro Celine says:

    The materials are locally available and i totally agree with Susan that will help..

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