200 million adolescents of secondary school age ( about 12- 16) in sub-Saharan Africa are not enrolled in school.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics 2018

As the data above from UNESCO shows, millions of school going age adolescents are out of school in Africa.

Majority of these children are girls. GTL's scholarship program is helping put some of these girls through school.

With your help, GTL has awarded 1351 scholarships over the last five years. Additionally, 1550 scholars have graduated with a high school diploma since 1998 .

Total amount of funds used per year

Total Amount of Funds Used per Year and No. of Scholarships

    On average the cost of school tuition is $700 / year;
  • for a GTL scholar to complete high school in Kenya ( 4 years) she needs $2800
  • for a GTL scholar to complete high school in Uganda ( 6 years) she needs $4200
  • for a GTL scholar to complete high school in Tanzania ( 6 years) she needs $6600

GTL girls not only improve their lives but are crucial in building and supporting their families and communities.

Cecilia Cherono, the first university graduate from the GTL program in the Rift Valley, Kenya. Cecilia was born in 1995 in Letoi Village, Mogotio sub-county, Baringo county ( Kenya). In 2002, her mother passed leaving her father as the sole provider and caretaker of Cecilia and her two siblings.

Cecilia’s father earned a meager income from goat rearing and subsistence farming, forcing Cecilia and her 2 siblings to burn charcoal to supplement their household income. Despite these challenges, Cecilia graduated from high school with high honors.

After graduating from high school, Cecilia joined Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, through a government loan, and pursued a BSc in Chemistry and Biology.

Cecilia is the first in her family to graduate from high school and the first girl in her village to complete university! She is now the breadwinner of her family, a steep task for a 25-year old. She is currently working as a Chemistry and Biology teacher at her alma mater - Mogotio Girls High School, as she applies for jobs in the industrial and pharmaceutical sector.

We believe that East Africa can build on successes and improve access to schools that have seen primary school age children, out of school, decrease from 32% to 8% between 2002 and 2011. We work to support girls go beyond primary school and make sure that those successes reach girls in most underserved regions in rural areas.

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