Rebecca Wairimu, a nineteen-year-old girl from Mweiga in Nyeri County, Kenya, was orphaned at the early age of ten. Even though her relatives were able to educate her until secondary school, they could not afford to send her to college—and she did not earn high enough grades to secure a scholarship or loan to pursue her higher education. Rebecca says, “This was a difficult time for me especially as I watched my peers and friends leaving for university and college. For me, there was no hope.” Rebecca is one of many orphans whose hopes and dreams for a better future end when they receive average grades in school.
WIth assistance from St. Joseph CBO and the Yetu Initiative, a USAID-funded programme that works with the Aga Khan Foundation, Rebecca benefited from Transformational Training in Kenya and has now graduated from Bradegate International College in Nyeri with a Certificate in Meal Preparation.