Meet 11-year-old Jennifer who escaped child marriage in the spring of 2020.
Her mother, Meleso, was empowered to plot her rescue through community connections that led her to our rescue center, Miale ya Tumaini.
Now Jennifer is building a future all girls deserve based on the foundations of education and opportunity. Thanks to Kenya Works donors. Read Jennifer's full story.
How big is the problem?
23% of Kenyan girls are married before their 18th birthday and 4% are married before the age of 15. (Compared to 3% of boys in Kenya married before the age of 18.)
Kenya has the 18th highest absolute number of girls married or in a union before the age of 18 in the world – 580,000.
The Mary Beth Nienhaus $50,000 MATCHING FUND CHALLENGE will double your donation through the end of 2020, up to that amount!
Ms. Nienhaus is a dedicated community volunteer and philanthropist in the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin. In 2012, she traveled to Kenya with Mary Stusek, Kenya Works founder, and has seen with her own eyes the immense need for the most vulnerable.
“I’m so inspired by Meleso’s determination to protect and provide for her young daughter,” Ms. Nienhaus says. “Jennifer is on a path to creating her own future thanks to Kenya Works. When children thrive, they improve their community, their country, and the whole world. " she said.
"Jennifer’s life is forever changed and through Kenya Works, we are forever connected to her future. That is why I am supporting this worthwhile organization and encouraging others to join bringing life-changing opportunities to those who can benefit most.”