The most marginalized children in Kenya have traditionally been identified as coming from the ASAL areas (arid and semi arid areas). Majority of the girls have not gone to school statistics shows over 50% of girls have not been taken to school and only 30% of girls manage to enroll in primary education out of which 16.5% manage to successfully complete. Moving up to the secondary level this number tends to reduce which is devastating. The region has been ranked as one of the lowest in the country in terms of performances.
Though the government has made primary education free this has only increased the rate of enrolment in the region from 45% - 50%. What the organization is doing to try and curb this challenge is providing students with reading materials, motivation books and mentorship programs that is run and done by girls themselves and in doing this we hope to boost the morale of the student especially the girls to enable them put more effort in their education and also encourage other girls to enroll in school
Throughout the world, girls and young women are disproportionately affected by the COVID19 pandemic as they bear a significant brunt of the crisis. African women and girls are especially negatively impacted as they shoulder the double burden of 'work' and 'care' while faced with the growing barriers of inequality. Your gift to Girl Concern will enable us to mitigate some of the adverse effects on African girls and young women. Following the closure of all learning institutions, the government has adopted e-learning strategies to safeguard students and teachers. Unfortunately, many low income and rural students are unable to access these platforms and attend classes .
In this period of ongoing uncertainty due to the effects of Covid 19 on the economy, many families are struggling with financial instability due to job losses, cuts, the decline of businesses, and fear of the impact of this pandemic on households. Over four-million, Kenyans have lost their jobs or sent on unpaid leave. This has left many girls and young women financially vulnerable, leading to sexual exploitation, and in some cases has led to girls been commodified at home to ease financial burdens.