“Often, girl children in Kenya do not have the opportunity to attend school. Male children are prioritized and many families choose to send the boys to school and keep the girls home to care for the family. Though Public school is accessible, it is not an option for many girls, as uniforms and supplies are required expenses which their families cannot afford.”
Mary has founded an all-girl academy called the Greenlight Academy for Orphans. The academy provides full room, board, education and vocational training to girls who would never have such opportunities otherwise. When she first began she only had one room, a handful of supplies and 6 orphaned girls. Now her school houses and educated 162 girls, many of who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. She trains the girls to not only have a formal education but also necessary life skills and practical skills. They raise money for the school to operate by sewing and crafting hand-made goods to sell as fundraisers. After training with Jalaja in Seattle at a women’s conference, Mary applied for a scholarship through the Institute for Circlework to come to the Circlework Leadership Training. We were able to give her 100% of the funds needed to attend this year’s Circlework training including her travel expenses. Mary plans to take what she has learned in our circle back to Africa and into the lives of the girls and women she nurtures.