I believe I am enough proof that girls can achieve much if they can only have access to education. I am the daughter of a single mother who raised me and my younger siblings alone (2 boys and 2 girls).
I grow up in a community that looked down on women. Some relatives despised my siblings and I so much, they called us ‘chokoras’ (street children) because our mother was unmarried. This kind of branding, stigma and abuse affected me so much.
I am among the first beneficiaries of Rural Women Peace Link’s Girl Child Education Support and Mentorship Program. I grew up in West Pokot County, one of the most difficult places to grow for a girl and joined Konyao primary school in North Pokot for my primary education,I however, lived with the constant threat of being forced to drop out of school due to the cultural practices that young girls were subjected to. Girls were expected to get circumcised and become wives at avery tender age.
I have grown from a depressed teenager to a mature young woman with strong leadership qualities, in the years gone by. I was a Form 2 student at Mukumu Girls when my father abandoned my mother and my siblings. That plunged my ambitions to acquire education into doubt, and exposed me to a period of distress. With the hope of getting assistance in completing my education, I moved in to my uncle’s home. Unfortunately, what I found was not what I anticipated since my plans never came to fruition. My encounters in school got even more complex.