Pauline Shonk is a 16-year-old sponsored child who will not face early marriage thanks to her participation in a Compassion project. “I want to shape my future so that I can be of help to myself and others. I want to be a doctor,” she explains.
“Other girls [who are not in school] look much older than me,” continues Pauline. “They are married and have children at a young age and they face many hardships at home.”
“Illiteracy and lack of exposure has dragged us behind. We have many bright girls who can compete with anyone,” says Isaac Teeka, a history teacher at the Ewaso Najile Girls School. “This opportunity to be in school offers them that chance.”
By working through local churches who understand local traditions, Compassion can reach out to those who are in greatest need effectively and with sensitivity. It often takes many, many years to see change, which is why the local church is the best vehicle for long-term development.
The landscape of rural Kenya is undoubtedly changing and with a generation of educated and confident young women, it will be better prepared for the future.
Find out how you can support these and other women across the globe by visiting Compassion. And don’t forget to mark the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl Child on October 11!
Read more about female liberation and empowerment in the upcoming issue of Liberti magazine.