Voi Girls Education Centre
Mwangazi, Nzale F 15 yrs old. Form 1 student at Voi Girls Education Centre. Admission #816. Mother is unemployed. Father is a casual laborer at a construction site. Fourth-born in a family of six and third to attend high school. Family needs total support in order to support the girl-child in Talio Community slums in Voi.
Ngondo, Wakesho 13 yrs old. Form 1 student at Voi Girls Education Centre. Admission #808. Mother is a domestic labourer with an average income of Ksh. 4,200 ($42) per month. Father is a casual worker at a construction site. Second-born in a family of five and first to attend high school. Brother had dropped out of high school due to lack of school fees. This child needs total support in order to strengthen the girl-child in Tanzania Community slums in Voi.
Kijala, Lydia 14 yrs old. Form 2 student at Voi Girls Education Centre. Admission #801. Father deceased for many years and mother is unemployed. First-born in a family of two children, younger sister in class 7 primary school. She needs total support to enable her complete education.
Chambela, Grace N Form 2 student at Voi Girls Education Centre. Admission #614. Mother works at the Sisal Estate as a casual labourer. Income average Ksh. 3000 ($30). Father died in 2010. First-born in a family of four children and first to join high school. She needs total support to realize her dreams in education and to strengthen the girl-child in Mngama Community slums of Mwatate.
Voi Boys High School
John Mwachia Form 3 student at Voi Boys High School. Admission #5865. Mother died in 2012. Father an unemployed peasant farmer. Comes from the semi-arid area of Mariwenyi. John's essay
Mghanga Nicholas Mkola Form 1 student at Voi Boys High School. Admission #6520. An orphan, under the care of his elder sister who is 23 yrs old and also unemployed. Resides at Mwakingali slums in Voi. Brought to school late by well-wishers. Mghanga's essay
Msengo Dickson Mshamba Form 1 student at Voi Boys Secondary School. Admission #6508. Both parents alive but very poor. Reside in Tanzania slums in Voi. Brought to school late by well-wishers. Msengo's essay
Rubega A Kilunga Form 1 student at Voi Boys Secondary School. Admission #6509. Mother died when the boy was 3 months old. Father a casual labourer, no permanent employment. Comes from Tanzania slums in Voi. Brought to school late by well-wishers. Rubega's essay
Murray Girls High School
Nyoni, Sophie 15 yrs old. Form 2 student at Murray Girls High School. Admission #6534. Has one parent (mother). Mother is a peasant farmer with little to no income. She comes from the semi-arid area of Wumari. Her biggest challenge is covering her school fees.
Wakesho, Pauline Saru 14 yrs old. Form 1 student at Murray Girls High School. Admission #6765. Has one parent (mother), who is unemployed. She comes from the semi-arid area of Wumari. Peasant farming is their means of livelihood. She needs help with school fees so she can graduate and break away from the cycle of poverty.
Eldoro Girls High School
Irena Lesabulu 18 yrs old. She missed first term of high school due to financial challenges and started the second term late. She aspires to pursue a career in nursing. She is disappointed when she sees her community suffering due to lack of enough education for girls. Irena's essay
Rosena Teghenya 16 yrs old. She lives with her grandmother who depends on "pesa za wazee" (a small allowance given to the elderly), and food from the government. Rosena is doing well in school and would like to be a news broadcaster, reporting on the concerns of people in need and orphans who need support. Rosena's essay
Kamono Nginai 19 yrs old. She is performing well in school. Her father is a causal labourer and her mother is hospitalized with acute ulcers. In spite of experiencing hard times, she does not give up and aspires to become a doctor. She is disappointed in seeing the suffuring of people with dangerous diseases. Her hopes are pinned on the generosity of sponsors for her education. Kamono's essay