Education

Realizing the Dream To Educate the Girl Child

As of January 2017, the Mother of Mercy Girls Secondary School has enrolled 450 girls, providing room and board, and strong foundation of education for those ages 14-20.  Many of the students receive support for their tuition and board at this time ($550USD/yr) but the school has initiated a basic tuition requirement which families are working towards paying in full. Until that time, the Mercy Center Foundation, USA is raising funds to support those most vulnerable to attend school through fully funded scholarships. The school has achieved national ranking in many subject areas.
 
The Mercy girls are thriving emotionally, intellectually and physically at the Mother of Mercy Girls Secondary School.  Many of the girls who arrive at the school are at risk youth and seek safety, shelter and a nourishing environment.  In 2017, the Mercy Center continues to promote civic education, cooperation, peace and dialogue among different tribes.  These programs and activities undertaken deliberately, contribute towards building a lasting peace in this region of Kenya.  
 
The teaching staff, administrators and volunteers associated with the building of the school have begun the journey to transform lives and develop the potential of girls from Lare and the Greater Rift Valley. In 2015-2016, classroom expansion will enable the school to accommodate the additional students now enrolled more comfortably but space is still very crammed.  There is a need to fund the building of appropriate dormitories and bathroom/showers to accommodate the students.  “We have a long way to go before the school is really completed but we have come from nothing and we have achieved a very good result thus far,” said Sr. Rose.  In July 2017, the Mercy Project welcomed more than 20 volunteers who worked tirelessly in building the new dormitories planned.  Volunteers came from NJ, MD, DC, VA and were led by Fr. Jamie Workman and Michelle Haworth of the Commissioned by Christ organization. The group assisted Sr Rose with several tasks and used their time to have a genuine exchange with the Mercy students.  Many of those who participated found the trip to be an extraordinary and special experience from which they felt that they learned so much about the life of the girl child in Kenya today.  Many bonds of friendship with Kenya continue through trips like this one.  Currently, the Mercy dorm fund project has raised half of the funds needed to complete a full and modern dorm with bathrooms, showers and safe and secure living quarters for all students.
 
With proceeds from our annual Mercy 5k, the 2017 Georgetown Half Marathon and foundation and corporate grants and donors, we hope to fully fund the construction and completion of a basic secondary school complex to support girls’ education. Sr. Rose is very excited about the prospect of the real Mercy Project legacy and said, “I have great hopes that these young girls will change the life and culture of their families and Kenya for generations to come.”

 

Graduates of the Mercy School are going on to college and some have received full scholarships based on their talents.  Sara Mwangi, Class of 2016, received a full track scholarship to the University of Texas.  She dreams of being a successful Kenyan champion runner, Olympian and is very much looking forward to coming to the U.S. to study and run.  Others are attending colleges in Kenya and Italy with planned studies in medicine, agro-business, education and teaching, nursing and other professions.  The Mercy School seeks partnerships in the technology sector for a computer lab and training for the girls in coding, design, IT, and a variety of programs.

 

Please join us in this most worthy undertaking. Visit with the girls of the Mercy Secondary School by viewing their recent interviews on our Youtube video and help us by making a donation to achieve the dream! Thank you to the many benefactors who are helping to make the dream a reality!

 

Please contact us at the Mercy Center Foundation USA.


Celebrating education trophies during zonal price giving day.

 
"Limited access to educational opportunities and healthcare perpetuate a cycle of poverty and disease."

 

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