TEPESUA AND ENKITENG LEPA
Enkiteng Lepa is the first private Maasai school in Kenya. Located in Maji Moto, the primary school provides high-quality education for both boys and girls and also serves as a refuge for young girls who have run away from female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
At her home, "Tepesua", founder Nametjoi "Hellen" Nkuraiya has a tourist camp, a widow village and a feeder school for the small children who are too young to board. Tepesua is a half-hour drive away from the Enkiteng Lepa school.
Thanks to Hellen's endless efforts, the school was named the best primary school in the Narok Distric County in 2018. We at the Ostua Foundation help her to collect donations for her pupils and building projects.
Hellen Nkuraiya is a remarkable woman with a remarkable story. From a traditional Maasai family, she was married off twice by her father (in exchange for cows), the first time at age nine. She fled from this life – later receiving sponsorship for schooling.
Nkuraiya has led a life of taking a stand – against child marriage, female genital mutilation, fighting for education for girls, rights for widows and the end of life-long subservience for women. Nkuraiya founded the academically acclaimed Enkiteng Lepa School in Maji Moto as well as widow's villages in two communities where widows (who have no property, no rights, and can never remarry) can find support, safety, and community.
Hellen’s work has not gone unnoticed in Kenya and she was most fortunate to be recognized by Egerton University for a prestigious award for Gender Awareness day, acknowledging her amazing perseverance and results.
WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED?
Thanks to your funding, Epiteng Lepa now has:
WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE?
We still want to help Hellen:
Funding needed: €21,750
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