In support of Free The Children Kisaruni Secondary School for Girls
Free The Children believes that investing in the education of girls is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Yet girls lack the opportunity to go beyond primary education because of domestic obligations, family finances, early marriage and inadequate access to secondary schools. While primary education in Kenya is free, secondary education remains incredibly costly and largely out of reach for young people in the communities that Free The Children works with.
Studies suggest that when girls are educated at the secondary level, there is a positive, long-term impact, not only for the girl, but for her family and the community. In order to educate and empower girls graduating from primary school, Free The Children opened Kisaruni Secondary School in 2011, which now has two campuses: Milimani and Oleleshwa.
Kisaruni is a place where the self-esteem of girls flourishes and they become empowered to lead with confidence. Kisaruni encourages students to build on their skills, work towards their goals and be active participants in their education. While the school follows Kenya’s national curriculum, Free The Children also offers students unique lessons that promote a strong sense of community leadership and teach the girls new skills while maintaining their strong sense of culture.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the expenses for one girl to attend 4 years of secondary school education. This scholarship provides a girl with a fully-funded educational experience and will cover items such as:
Room and board
Textbooks, school supplies and classroom resources
Field trips and extracurricular opportunities
Mentorship and counselling
We also plan on connecting this project with our upcoming Women’s Empowerment Trip to Kenya to meet this young lady in person and be able to follow her progress over the next 4 years and be there for her graduation. See our Empowerment Trips section for more info.