From a vegetable seller to a graduate!

Everlyne Aoko
Posted November 28, 2015

Hello sisters,

I am from one of the remote parts of Kenya.As a young girl, i was brough up in a family of eleven children and poverty is what we knew and still know how best to define.Due to the extreme poverty in our home,basic needs were hard to aquire and this almost compromised my education.

I dropped out from school due to lack of school fee.After being married for seven years and with four children,i was still thirsty for education and through spornsorship of a Non Govermental Organisation in our village,I went back to high school where i studied for two years and sat for national exams.I passed very well an got government sponsorship to a public university.

Throughout my life,I have been very keen on matters relating to girl child education especially girls from poor families.This is because i fully understand the context of poverty and how being poor can shutter a dream!I know how early marriage can lead to social abuse by virtue of not knowing your rights and value.I therefore have been a mentor on lifeskills to young girls with an aim of making them understand their values in the community and making informed choices.

I am looking forward to seeing a just society where the gap bertween the rich and the poor is minimal,where value for girl child and women is appreciated and human beings are equally treated irrespective of their religion,gender or colour.

Comments 6

Log in or register to post comments
Rahmana Karuna
Nov 30, 2015
Nov 30, 2015

Dear sister Everlyne,

thank you for sharing your story, i can feel your strength and self determination. I am certain you are in inspirational role model for those around you. Love the title!!

Sarah Murali
Dec 01, 2015
Dec 01, 2015

Everlyne, your determination to get an education is truly inspirational! Educating girls and women is a truly powerful force for positive change. Your vision for the future is also powerful, "a just society where the gap bertween the rich and the poor is minimal,where value for girl child and women is appreciated and human beings are equally treated irrespective of their religion,gender or colour." Well-said! I can't think of a more worthy goal.

I do not know if you are still in school, but whether in school or out of it, best wishes as you continue your education!

- Sarah

Sarah Murali
Dec 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2015

Hi Everlyne,

I'll reply here to the comment you left me!

I love how you said you hope your education will only end at the graveside. Agreed! As long as we continue breathing, we can continue learning! I spent many years working with adult learners who hadn't had the chance to go to school at all before. Many of them were grandmothers and grandfathers, but were learning to read and write for the very first time in their lives. Their courage to learn new and difficult things, at any age, was such an inspiration to me, and encouraged me to continue my own learning in any way that I could. 

You mentioned the problem of unemployment in your country. That is very challenging! I hope you will share more about that situation, and your thoughts on it, in the Economic Empowerment group.

With support!

Sarah

Dec 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2015
This comment has been removed by the commenter or a moderator.
Tamara Kubacki
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 08, 2015

Dear Everlyne,

How wonderful that you were able to return to school and follow that dream! It sounds like you are setting a good example for your children. I hope for a just society as well, and have faith that through working with each other here we can strengthen our ties and move toward equality in education and all things. Thank you for sharing your story with us. 

Sincerely,

Tamara

rhania bensafia
Dec 19, 2015
Dec 19, 2015

Dear Everlyne

You are an inspiration. Growing in the poor family getting married at the young age and still being able later on in life to follow your Dream.,your Vision, your purpose in life.I know how difficult it can be, coming from poverty  and being able to go back to school, graduate and pass the knowledge to others girls and womens so they can understand theirs own values and bring theirs dreams to life. Thank you for being a mentor and teaching others girls and womens that they are valuables they can still have a dream and they can make a change just like you have.You are giving life to theirs dreams and theirs hope for the future.

See dreams cannot be shutter with you because you are bringing theirs dreams back to life.