We are trying to raise money so that our Kenyan house mother, Eunice, can receive a university education in teaching. Eunice is 22 and lives with her family in Massailand, a two hour drive outside of Nairobi. She married her husband, Johnathan, when she turned 18 after graduating at the top of her high school class. Eunice and Johnathan have two children: a 4 year old boy and a 7 month girl. They have also adopted 2 young girls who lost their mother.
Ever since marrying Johnathan, Eunice has dreamed of going to university, getting an education and becoming a teacher at a local primary school in order to, as she puts it, "help a community that wants to evolve." Unfortunately her family could not afford to pay for the cost of attending college.
This did not stop Eunice from striving to lend a helping hand. She has become involved in Johnathan's non-profit project in the area, aimed at rescuing local girls from Female Genital Mutilation and Early Forced Marriage - terrible traditions ingrained deeply in Maasai culture that have for centuries harmed the tribe's girls physically and psychologically. In addition, she is heading a local cooperative amongst single mothers providing for their families, whereby these women purchase, raise and sell goats as a means of earning income and becoming financially stable. She is also helping bring them out of widespread illiteracy that has stagnated their independence and confined them to their homes.
Even though Eunice has not had the chance to earn a proper education, she has become a key player in her Maasai community's progressive campaign to bury misogynistic traditions and empower women. Having spent a week as her guests, living in her home and exploring her projects, we can attest to the drive, empathy, and strong sense of community that propel her efforts.
Help us enable Eunice attain a teaching degree so she will be even more prepared to extend her hand to her community by teaching in the local primary school and thus help lay the foundations for the more forward-looking, gender-equal, and open-minded future she believes her Maasai community deserves.
Let's all play our part in making this dream come to life!!
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