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Young girls of the Maasai tribe in Kenya want to escape traditional child bride weddings, Female Genital Mutilation, and the singular lack of education for girls.

Barbara Perkins, director of the Kisaru Knera Initiatives (KINI) in Trans Mara, Kenya, requested specific funding in her November 2018 newsletter for these needs at the Rescue Centre for young girls. Due to a drop in the Australian dollar and the urgency of other needs, twelve children will no longer be sponsored and will need to drop out of school if new sponsors are not found for 2019.

URGENT NEEDS FUNDS NEEDED
Buildings for toilets $2,000
Daily upkeep of the home and children $200
Construction of the Rescue Centre $100,000
Three classrooms and CEO office $57,000
Twelve children in urgent need of sponsors $600 per year for 3 terms of secondary school
$400 per year for 3 terms of upper primary school
$200 per year for 3 terms of lower primary school
$300 per year for living expenses
Teachers' monthly payments $130 per teacher, 5 teachers cost $650 per month
Security staff and other workers $130 per staff member, 4 workers cost $520 per month
Teachers' Housing $29,000
Visitor's accommodation/Manager's home $50,000

The year of 2018 was the first year that the Olirerruki School taught Class 7. To provide encouragement and motivation, the 7-year students who passed their exams were promised a field trip to a safari park, something they had never done before. Four students experienced a wonderful day seeing animals they had never seen before and just enjoying the outing together with their teacher. Six more students are scheduled to go soon on a different day.

The highlight of the early morning sightings was the close up look at a rhino that walked beside the vehicle and then crossed in front of them. This isn't something you can do every day because they are very shy animals. The children were also awed by the many elephants and lions, but they especially wanted to see big crocodiles, and they "certainly weren't disappointed," writes Perkins. "Such impact on the lives of these children is so important to make them feel they can make it and someone really cares about them and their education."