The AIC school is a public primary boarding school in Kenya. Most of the students are from the Maasai community as this is their land. Of the 700 girls that attend the school, there is a special program… the “Bride Rescue Program” that currently assists about 125 students This program was created in 1986 to rescue young girls from harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (circumcision) and early marriage. The girls make their own choice of leaving their families and villages to make their way to this incredible school to get an education and respite from early forced marriage. Early forced marriages are quite common as the fathers of these girls decide they would be better off being someone’s wife in exchange for some cows and money for her dowry
The girls arrive at the school with little clothing and no possessions. The teachers take them shopping, and with the support of donations, they take care of their basic needs - food, clothing, textbooks, school and personal supplies. Over the years, Carefree women have sent many school supplies, clothing and monetary donations to help supply the basic needs of the rescued girls at the primary school. Some have sponsored individual students so that they may attend secondary school. Currently, there are 19 girls we are sponsoring.
Seven students are enrolled in the boarding programs at AIC primary and nearby Grace Nanana School, a new school started by Priscilla Nangurai, original founder of the Bride Rescue Program. Thirteen girls are attending various secondary schools throughout Kenya thanks to their sponsors.
Lucy Eunice Ayako is one of the youngest girls sponsored. She was found begging for food with her baby sister on her back. She is now completing her last term of first grade.