Amina Mwitu knows about barriers to education first hand. “My father managed to finish primary school, but because they were so poor, he could not go to secondary school. My mother dropped out when she was in primary six.” Despite all odds, her parents encouraged all seven of their children to complete their education. Amina became the first in her family and community to graduate university.
Having been part of the program for over 20 years, Amina has seen firsthand the way communities and lives are transformed by these interventions.
“The program is more than 30 years old now. We have had some of the preschool beneficiaries who are now gynecologists, bankers, lawyers… and whenever we talk to them, they always share that preschool experience. These [preschool graduates] now number in their hundreds of thousands, throughout East Africa. Some of them probably would have dropped out in primary school, but now they have secondary schooling, and university. That’s a powerful story, and we know that it’s going to bring about a lot of changes in their own families and communities.”