Customs and traditions within the Massai people are strong. Some traditions must be preserved and some must change. While things are changing, it is still quite common for young girls to be married at a very young age and to be subjected to the practice of female gentile mutilation known as FGM. Many young girls do not have a choice and are married at 13 or 14 years of age for a dowry of cows, goats or sheep. Some chose a different path and decide that an education is more important. Many of the 25 young girls who we help support at Nkoliale school have chosen to get an education rather than be married
These young women are sponsored by Lake Chelan Rotary and its many friends. Their school boarding fees are paid for, they receive school uniforms and personal items. The commitment to sponsor a girl has to be long term. They are sponsored through Grade 8. If they are able academically they will also receive sponsorship help to go on to secondary (high) school. During the coming year we have a number of girls who will be in grade 8 and may well be going on to secondary school in 2019.