Morneau Shepell Secondary School for Girls, Kenya
The Kakuma Refugee Camp, established in 1992, is located in a remote region of North-Western Kenya. There are about 74,000 school-age children, but fewer than one in four reach secondary school. For girls the odds are even worse — only one in 10 makes it to high school. Traditionally, girls are removed from education early to help with domestic chores or to be married while still teenagers to earn lucrative dowries for their parents. There are many safety concerns for young women in the camp, including high rates of rape, prostitution and HIV, as well as arranged marriages for girls as young as 12 years old.
Education was elusive for many girls, but the new boarding school has provided many of them with a safe learning environment.