Girls in a typical village setting
We are happy to update everyone on the progress being made with Lenana Girls High School! A brief background on the school - CGA has established a national center for academic excellence for bright and hardworking, but disadvantaged girls from all over Kenya. The mission of the school is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment within which girls from disadvantaged backgrounds can realize their full potential both academically and personally, and to address the imbalance in access to quality education and leadership opportunities for disadvantaged adolescent girls.
Such opportunities are crucial for young Kenyan women. Currently, 90% of Maasai, Kalenjin, Gusii, Meru and Kuria girls are circumcised and married off before they reach the age of 13 years. As a result, young girls are often sentenced to wifehood at an early age at the expense of an education. Lenana Girls High School (LGHS) works to alleviate this problem by offering a top quality education and other opportunities to as many of these vulnerable girls as possible. The goal is to create a school that is 100% self-sufficient within 5-10 years.
With the help of our generous supporters, CGA has purchased a six acre plot of land that will be home to LGHS. Construction on the school will begin as soon as funds are available. While we wait for the completion of this building, LGHS will commence its inaugural school year with a class of 25 promising students on site at CGA. Here at CGA, we can't wait for this exciting endeavor to get underway, and we are currently planning not only for the upcoming academic year but also for the hands-on business and farming trainings, the cultural center and programs, and mentoring programs that will be part of the overall LGHS curriculum.
During this holiday season, we are introducing a new fundraising program and are asking our supporters to take a minute to view LGHS's holiday gift options below. We hope that you will consider taking part in this unique opportunity to always be a part of LGHS!
LGHS is offering the following holiday gift packages as part of our fundraising program.
Option 1 - $15 - One brick on LGHS's walkway. Choose a name or a family name to engrave into a brick that will become part of the main walkway at LGHS. A great gift for a family member or friend who'd appreciate a unique and charitable gift!
Option 2 - $25 - Two bricks for the same purpose as above.
Option 3 - $55 - Bricks for an entire family's holiday gifts. (Maximum of 8 bricks)
Option 4 - $100 - One leaf on the metal tree in LGHS's reception area engraved with the name of the gift recipient.
Option 5 - $500 - A tree planted at LGHS with a name plate for the gift recipient.
All contributors will receive via email a certificate of thanks with details about the gift for the recipient. To purchase your LGHS holiday gift, you may visit our fundraising page by clicking here and donating through PayPal. Of course feel free to contact us with any questions!
As always, thank you for your support! We look forward to continuing to update you on the progress of LGHS!
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