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Starehe Girls’ Receive Boost From Safaricom Foundation

Nairobi, Monday 21st November, 2011 / Starehe Girl’s Centre has received a grant of KES 50 million, which will see construction of eight modern classrooms and a 160 capacity dormitory.

The grant, donated by the Safaricom Foundation, came at an opportune time when the institution is calling for the support of the girl child in order to achieve much needed academic goals.

Speaking during the event at the Windsor Golf Club, the school’s Director, Mrs. Margaret Wanjohi, noted that most of the pupils in the school come from poor backgrounds and they need a lot of support in order to succeed academically.

“We feel honoured to receive this grant from the Foundation; and I urge corporate organizations, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and government institutions to come on board and support the girl child to get educated,” she said.

Safaricom Foundation chairman, Les Baillie, echoed Mrs. Wanjohi’s words that the project will help promote girl-child education in this country and will enable the school enrol more needy and bright students from all over the country and give them a chance to learn in a conducive environment, and to succeed in both curricular and co-curricular activities.

“Pupils from poor backgrounds face numerous challenges in their quest for education. The girl child is more vulnerable to these challenges thus the reason to empower them in life. We believe that offering education opportunities to girls has numerous benefits to the individual, family, community and the entire nation just like educating boys,” he said.

Starehe Girls Centre, established in 2005 provides education needs to bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds and has a current population of 360 girls from form one to four.

The donation, which is the largest that the Foundation has ever extended to any school in Kenya, comes at the backdrop of high enrolment rates in secondary schools that has especially being brought about by the introduction of Free Primary Education that also meant that more pupils qualify for o-level studies.

Since its inception in 2003, Safaricom Foundation funds a range of projects in the education sector by supporting the provision of learning environments that allow the students to thrive and succeed.

The budding school anticipates high enrolment rates of 480 students by the year 2015.

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