Education is a Rare Gift
for many Girls
Unlike most girls her age, 18-year-old Christine is proud to be one of the few in her rural Kenyan community to complete her education. For her first three years of secondary school she was the only girl in her class. “It was difficult,” she said.
According to Christine, most girls her age are either married off young (some as young as 10-years-old) or cannot afford to pay school fees. When finances are tight, parents tend to pay for their sons rather than daughters.
Though neither of Christine’s parents received an education, they understood the importance of educating their children. Having produced a family of seven, they struggled to generate enough income to pay for school fees. Even with land, livestock, and a small shop, school fees were still too much.
World Concern saw their situation and reached out to help four of their children with scholarships.
“It was through God that World Concern came and gave us scholarships,” said Christine’s mom.
Christine is now a role model for many girls in her community. When I asked if other girls look up to her, a shy grin spreads across her face and she quietly responds, “The few girls in the area who are not married off are working hard so they can reach the level I’ve reached.”
After completing computer courses, Christine will wait for the results from her secondary exams and then apply to university. “I want to become a dentist so that I can come back to the village and help others. One day I want to start a school to educate more girls,” she said. Christine’s role-model future is just taking off.
World Concern is working to empower girls and boys around the world—like Christine—to take hold of their futures through education.