GRACELAND AFRICA MISSION
Female empowerment has a tremendous impact on families, communities, and the nation.
Our Right to be scholarship and mentorship program supports women and girls in their quest to continue their education in secondary school, college and university.
We stand with women entrepreneurs by providing business grants and facilitating local networking and training .
When women are empowered, Kenya will be able to reach it’s full potential.
Poverty and Cost of Education - These are significant barriers that keep girls from attending secondary school. The cost of secondary school education is quite expensive in Kenya. Most secondary schools are boarding schools, significantly adding to the cost. When funds are scarce, it is often the girls who are denied the opportunity to go to school. Owing to ineffective legislation and extreme poverty, 26% of all Kenyan children between 5 and 14 years are forced to do menial work and forego an education (Census 2009).
Early Childhood Marriage & Pregnancy - Many girls given as brides before they even have a chance to grow up. The practice of child marriage remains widespread within certain ethnic groups. More than 25% of Kenyan girls are married before the age of 18 (Census, 2009). Girls who become pregnant are often discouraged or even not allowed to attend school because of the stigma of their pregnancy.
Gender Norms - Often adolescent girls in Kenya are kept at home so that they can take care of younger children, look after the household, and/or to provide an income for the family. A girls’ value is seen in the labour they can provide rather than the career they could obtain.
Violence at School - Both girls and boys may experience violence from of teachers, peers and other people in the school environment. In trying to protect their daughters, parents will remove them from school.