There’s an important saying: “When you educate a man, you educate a man. When you educate a woman, you educate a generation.”
Girls’ education is vitally important. In Kenya, for example, secondary school is not free, and families will often choose to educate their sons and not their daughters. If girls aren’t given the opportunity to attend high school, it’s not unusual for them to be married and/or pregnant by the time they are 14 or 15 or 16. Giving girls the opportunity to continue their education helps break the cycle of poverty, not only for that girl, but eventually for her family as well.
Petals of Africa school does its best to ensure that all its girls (and boys) can go on to high school. E3 helps to raise sponsorships for families who cannot afford to pay. Please read these comments from appreciative young women.
From Eunice, who has just finished 10th grade: “Without you I could be roaming around the village, but your mercy and love have enabled me to be somebody somewhere.”
From Rebekah Joyce, just finishing 9th grade: “A sponsorship is a rare opportunity to get but for your kind heart you have held my hand. I want to thank you for the needs you have provided especially school fees. I assure you that I will continue working hard and someday I hope to hold someone’s hand in education.”
From Vivian, who just completed 11th grade and who is ranked #7 in her class of 257 students. “I take this golden opportunity to thank you very much for supporting me financially. You have no idea how much I needed this support, otherwise my education could have come to an end. I have completed my third year and by next year I will be sitting for my final examination. I am looking forward to it with a lot of confidence and excitement.”
Check out this 15 second video of Petals girls playing basketball. A Kenyan woman who saw it was astonished at the freedom and confidence the girls were expressing.