In Kenya, primary school education is free, but secondary education is not. Many families cannot afford the school fees and so their children do not receive a secondary education. In such cases, the girls in particular, stay at home to do household chores, work on the land or work as ‘house girls’ with very poor pay. They might be married off at a young age, get pregnant as early as 13 or 14 or even resort to prostitution.
Precious Sisters works with five excellent Government schools to identify students whose families cannot afford the school fees and finds sponsors for these girls. As well as paying their school fees, we provide mentoring support: three weekend events each year plus 1-1 follow up several times during each term - designed to help them to realise their potential.
Thanks to our donors and sponsors, Precious Sisters makes a difference to the lives of these young women - giving them a chance to shine rather than being confined to the poverty into which they were born.”