A Girl's Life
Eunice Akoth is a fourth grade student at the Kibera School for Girls. She has a passion for poetry, an aptitude for math, and a love of the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. She has lived all her life in Kibera, and though she is only ten years old, she dreams of traveling the world, from New York to Melbourne, before returning to Kenya and becoming a doctor. Though she has been lucky enough to receive a free education, and is celebrated as an exceptionally bright student by her teachers, she also represents the far-too-common case of a girl who must overcome extreme obstacles in order to find a path out of poverty.
“ Growing up as a girl in Kibera, it’s hard work. But if you trust in yourself, you can make it.”
Margaret's safe place
There are several students at the Kibera School For Girls who do not have families or cannot safely reside at home. Their personal hardships vary. Some were sexually abused, others have lost their parents to illness. They now live with Rose Antiengo at an orphanage called Margret's Safe Place. Here they are given peace and nourishment, helping them to continue their education.
“ Kibera can only change if our children are changing.”
Rose, a long time resident of Kibera, has fostered a sense of sisterhood and joy in the girls. From telling stories and laughing in the enclosed corridor outside their home, to helping with homework and cooking meals, she helps the girls look beyond their troubled past, focusing on positive elements in their lives.