For the first 14 years of her life, Josephine lived with her parents and brother under one roof. Unfortunately, months after she joined the Mary Leakey Girls High School in 2016, her parents separated, with her father leaving Josephine, her younger brother, and their mother. A year later, Josephine was living under her grandmother’s care as her mother sought day labor jobs from town to town. Unfortunately, the wages her mother earned were not enough to sustain Josephine in school. When Moja Tu first met Josephine at the end of her first term as a form 2 student in May 2017, she was preparing to end her time in school and join her mother as a day laborer.
In spite of all these challenges, Josephine maintained an impressive B+ average in her classes throughout her high school classes. She is an outgoing and sociable girl, with a genuine smile that causes her to stand out. She enjoys playing volleyball, and has a special interest in history and reading. When we met her, she was finishing up Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Josephine said she felt the themes of the play highlight the challenges faced by many families in Kenya today, such as divorce and childhood neglect. Josephine hopes to fight these challenges by becoming a family lawyer, and wants to further serve her community as a doctor.
After joining the Moja Tu family in 2017, Josephine has since finished her high school career, graduating at the end of 2019 with an excellent B average on her KCSE examinations. This mark guarantees her a seat at one of Kenya’s prestigious universities later this year; however, the only way Josephine will be able to make it to university is with the help of a sponsor. Are you Josephine’s Just One? Sponsor her today!
Sponsoring Josephine’s university education is $2,100/year, or $175/month. Thank you for supporting Just One!