Team Kenya

Support Girls to Complete Primary School

Members of Team Kenya's Girls' Support Groups are given the guidance, counselling and materials necessary to complete primary school and access the skills and qualifications necessary to reach their potential. This is vital in a local area where over 80% of girls don't complete primary school.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1169045)

Campaign target

£13,800

Amount raised

£6,116

Donations

51

Championed by The Waterloo Foundation

  • In Girls' Support Group we teach them, we counsel them, we talk to them and this has eradicated early pregnancy and early marriage around this school.

    — Quinter Achieng Otieno, Girls' Advocate

  • I now know we have a right to school, education, rights to clothing, rights to parental care...

    — Jael Auma, Girls' Support Group Member

  • I can now have a brighter future ahead of me. My life has changed a lot; I am unlike other girls who never got the support.

    — Georgina Gor, Former Girls' Support Group Member

Situation

In Ndhiwa, over 80% of girls are unable to complete primary education. Girls have fewer educational opportunities than boys due to deeply entrenched traditional attitudes towards girls leading to widespread and tolerated abuse of their rights. Girls often leave education when they reach puberty, as cultural pressures can lead to early marriage, pregnancy and gender-based violence. In the County, over 57% of females have experienced physical violence and 1 in 4 people are HIV positive.

Solution

Girls' Support Groups have a track record of success. Members receive the guidance, counselling and material support necessary to enable them to complete primary school and continue in education. Last year, all members graduating from primary school were able to continue into secondary school. Educated girls are less likely to marry young or contract HIV  — and more likely to have healthy, educated children. Girls' Support Groups break the cycle of abuse that girls face.