Two weeks ago, the girls at St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary School learned they improved their mean test scores almost one full point, from 4.862 to 5.725 – an AMAZING accomplishment in one year! Here’s a link to the video of them learning of the achievement! http://1drv.ms/1KGsSXY   (can’t post videos into WordPress.)

Girls celebrate as they hear the news!

Girls celebrate as they hear the news!

According to Caroline Menach, Principal St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary School, the 2015 Form 4 class has set a minimum bar for themselves of another 1 point mean score improvement at minimum, and are shooting for a mean score of 9! “That’s my vision” she writes “that my girls will all graduate to the universities in the near future!

Grades by number of students (No of Students, and, Points swapped)

Grades by number of students (Points and No of Students swapped)

Kenya Grading System

Kenya Grading System

Mum, in Kenya we have Regular courses sponsored by the Government, mean the fees are affordable for those who meet the cut off grade of B-, 62 points, but for those that score C+ can go to universities of their choice but as self sponsored students, meaning their fees are triple!  If they join universities, then St. Elizabeth will send 11 girls!

This improvement in just one year shows the power that hope can provide, combined with great principals like Caroline Menach, school leaders and their boards, wonderful teachers and engaged parents who help these girls realize their full potential.

Girls 'mob' Caroline Menach in joy!

Girls ‘mob’ Caroline Menach in joy!

The Global Giveback Circle program is such a powerful compliment to the World Vision Child Protection through Education program (that has built St. Elizabeth and St. Catherine Girls Schools in West Pokot and led a significant and sustained advocacy program in the area.) The Global Giveback Circle program provides a way to help fund these deserving girls to go to college or university through contributions and mentorship by women in the US – tangible proof to a benefit that few ever dreamed possible 6 years ago when I first visited.  The girls are working hard and raising their scores because it means something so marvelous to do that!

Coming together in community

Marching and coming together in community

When I was watching the video, I also was struck by just how many girls were in it …. and thought back to the day I was there in 2009 – only God knew what He had in mind for me and now hundreds of girls after that visit. I rejoice to witness ALL He has done through World Vision and the caring adults in this area, how individual lives and the broader culture are changing, and how God’s love is being proclaimed in the area!

For more information about the Global Giveback Circle or to get involved, please visit  www.globalgivebackcircle.org

Microsoft employees:  Microsoft will match your time mentoring a girl with $25/hour – your time alone will bring a girl the funds needed to go to college – as of this writing, we’re looking for 71 mentors!

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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