Elizabeth is from the Kamba tribe. She hails from Kinangpop, an area just a few hours south of Daraja Academy. Her family was heavily affected by the drought that hit Kenya, and as a result her family was unable to send her to secondary school. The drop out rate from elementary school to high school is 80%.
Elizabeth has two nicknames on campus: Symobua (her second name) and "SBD" (stands for Small But Dangerous). Despite being a senior, she is one of the shortest girls on campus hence the SBD nickname. This name fits her well because, although she's little, Elizabeth has a very big personality and she is very comfortable taking control of a situation.
Elizabeth's life path was set to make her another statistic. Fortunately, she received a four year scholarship from Daraja Academy...a twist in her fate that will not only change the course of her future, but that of her future children. (Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, compared with 30% to 40% among males. Chris Fortson, “Women’s Rights Vital for Developing World,” Yale News Daily)
Your donation will provide access to education for an exceptional and promising young Kenyan girl who has no other way to get it.