Luanda Links funds the secondary education of five young women in Luanda, Kenya
They are Diana, Imelda, Josephine, Mercy and Sharon.
These young women are all from poor backgrounds in rural Kenya, and they need our help because for them secondary school is not free. Giving these young women access to a secondary education will provide them with the chances in life that they deserve.
In poor areas of Kenya, education is rarely seen as a female rite of passage. Instead, from a young age girls areexpected to carry out a range of chores, from sweeping the house first thing in the morning, to collecting water, to helping care for their siblings. According to a 2012 UNESCO report, in the poorest parts of North Eastern Kenya, 55% of girls had never been to school, compared to 43% of their male counterparts. However progress is being made: the Kenyan Constitution states that every child has the right to a basic education at primary school level, and that gender equality is to become mainstream in the country’s national development. Delivering fairer learning opportunities to females is fundamental to achieving gender equality, and it is vital that young women are able to successfully transition from free primary school to fee-paying secondary school. For a young women from a poor family, secondary school may not even be an option, and instead her choices will be limited to entering work or an early marriage.
We are sponsoring the education of Mercy, Josephine, Sharon, Diana and Imelda, because without sponsorship, these young women would not be at school. We have made a commitment to fund all four years of their time at St. Bakhita’s School for Girls, so now they can learn without the fear that financial difficulties will cut their education short.
To find out more about each of the Luanda Links girls, click below.