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Biting poverty locks sponsored girls out of school

BILLOW KERROW
By | March 1st 2012

By LINAH BENYAWA

At least nine girls have failed to join Form One at a Mombasa school even after they were offered sponsorship.

The students had been admitted to Citadel Maiden Secondary School and their school fees taken care of. But they have not been able to join the institution owing to lack of money for bus fare and uniforms among other basic needs.

According to the director of the school, Ms Rachael Dawai, the girls have not arrived in school even after she offered to pay their fees.

"It is quite sad to see our girls unable to attend school because of poverty," said Dawai.

The nine are among 18 girls who were identified by Ms Dawai for sponsorship consideration owing to their poor background.

Teenage pregnancy

"I realised girls are vulnerable to early marriages and teenage pregnancy that is why I decided to start a school to help the needy ones who have passed but it is unfortunate to see some still unable to get to school because they lack money for basic necessities," she added.

Dawai said sponsors and well-wishers should come out and help needy girls to get an education.

"Only two students from Kwale, three from Tana River, two from Taita Taveta, one from Kilifi and one from Mombasa but no student from Lamu had turned up," she said.

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