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!