St. Elizabeth Secondary School for Girls now has 165 students!

Hi, everyone! Just a quick update on St. Elizabeth Secondary School for Girls … I was thrilled to have been invited to join an impromptu phonecall on Tuesday morning with the principle at St. Elizabeth Secondary School and the World Vision US Country Program Manager. We were calling to say ‘hello,’ check in on the girls and just to encourage the principle. The GREAT news is that, as of the new school year starting in January, there are now 165 girls at St. Elizabeth’s Secondary School!!! As you remember, last school year St. Elizabeth’s had opened for girls in Form 1 and 2 (think grades 9 and 10 in US taxonomy) and had 74 girls (21 from the rescue center, 53 from the community) – this year, they have opened to Form 3 (equivalent to grade 11 here), and with the new group of Form 1 students (9th graders) coming in this new school year they have 165 girls. WOW. Next January they will open Form 4 and then have all grades represented in the secondary school. In addition, the computer lab is now installed and up and running! So COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. (Just as a side note, the call we made was the first call that the principle had ever received from the US in her life – she was tickled.)

I’m meeting with World Vision tomorrow and am looking forward to receiving the next set of specifics with respect to the vulnerable girls education project – expansion of St. Elizabeth’s is part of the project as they will be out of capacity to effectively open Form 4 next year without some additional classrooms … stay tuned.

Thank you for all of your efforts to make a difference in the lives of the girls in Kenya through the fundraising, advocacy, thoughts and prayers you have for them. What we are doing together is truly miraculous!

About margoday

Making a difference in people’s lives at home and internationally is central to who I am. I have been deeply involved in funding the building secondary schools for vulnerable girls in Kenya and took a one-year personal leave of absence from Microsoft to focus my energies on raising funds and awareness for the Kenya Child Protection and Education Project, partnering with World Vision. This project is positively affecting 17,000 children in four areas in the North Rift Valley of Kenya by providing access to quality education, building schools, deepening community advocacy for the education of the girl child, and transforming community attitudes toward early marriage and harmful cultural practices. I've held posts as the former national co-chair for the World Vision National Leadership Council for Child Protection, Board of Advisors President for the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club and past founding board member of SeeYourImpact.org. Professionally, I am vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft Corp. I lead a team responsible for the U.S. Education strategy and sales to K–12 and higher education customers across the U.S. Through partnerships, programs and technology, Microsoft plays a significant role in helping institutions and educators transform learning that makes a real impact on educational outcomes and helps students realize their full potential. I have more than 31 years of experience in high-technology software sales, marketing, business development, and partner and channel management, and at Microsoft for the past 14 years holding previous roles of Vice President, West Region SMS&P and Vice President, US Partners. I was honored with the 2014 Circle of Excellence, Platinum Club Founders award , 2006 Microsoft Most Inspirational Woman award, and in 2012 was nominated for the Anita Borg Women of Vision Social Impact Award. I live in the Seattle area and enjoy backpacking, boating, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, golf, adventure travel and, when it’s rainy outside, attending concerts and theater as well as enjoying a great glass of wine.
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One Response to St. Elizabeth Secondary School for Girls now has 165 students!

  1. Michelle Vessely says:

    Wonderful news about the school. Thank you for your hard work on behalf of these girls!

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