Why Girls?

The Girl Effect is a movement. It’s about leveraging the unique potential of girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries, and the world. 

The Numbers Speak for Themselves
130 Million

Girls between the ages of 6 and 17 are out of school, according to UNESCO.​​

9 of the top 10

Most difficult nations for girls to be educated are in Sub-Saharan Africa.​

15 Million

Primary school-aged girls will likely never enter a classroom in their lifetime​.

Behind these hard numbers are very real girls each with individual passions, talents, and goals that are seeking the support necessary to reach their full potential. KGSA is privileged to get to know these girls on a personal level to invest in their success. Current students like Hilda and alumni Melgriffin and Nancy are a sample of the amazing young women at KGSA. 


“I joined KGSA in January of 2020 after finishing my primary school in the upcountry. My parents did not have the money to pay for high school. I was scared that I would not be able to continue my studies. But then my aunt in Kibera told me about KGSA and I enrolled. Now I live with her and her family and attend high school at KGSA. I am so happy at KGSA. I am learning things like computers that we don’t have in the upcountry. Biology is my favorite subject. It increases my knowledge in identifying the characteristics of living and non-living things. I want to become a doctor when I grow up and give back to the people living in Kibera. When I am not at school, I spend my time playing netball with friends, riding bicycles, or sometimes visiting the elderly. My role model is my grandmother because she is strong and hardworking.  The pandemic has been tough on me and my family. My aunt is a domestic worker outside of Kibera, but it isn’t steady work. I would like to tell the people who support the school that I am so grateful for their help.”


I joined KGSA in 2016 after finishing primary school. I loved KGSA so much. The teachers were my role models. They raised me to be who I am today. I was so shy I couldn’t even participate in anything. But through their help, I found myself joining the journalism club where I was the scriptwriter and the editor. Slowly, I started airing news at the school assembly and this really built my courage. KGSA was my everything. I really wish it could be my institution after high school. Through the help of my teachers, I performed well in school and I scored a mean grade of C+ on my final exam. This gave me direct entry into a public university. I’m at Kenyatta University in Nairobi pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, gender and sociology in the school of humanities and social science.

Melgriffin square

I was born and raised in Kibera. I’m the 5th of seven children. After finishing primary school, my family couldn’t afford to take me to high school, but I was determined to continue my education. I heard about KGSA and enrolled. KGSA helped me a lot. I received an education, mentorship, and food. I’ll be attending Kenya Institute of Criminology. After University, I want to start an NGO to help young mothers back in Kibera, so that they can go back to school, pursue their dreams, and take good care of their children. ”

Alumni Honor Roll

The KGSA Foundation is proud to share a few of the many stories from our graduates and their accomplishments.

After graduating from KGSA, Istabua enrolled in a Media Training Course. She works as an editor and on the camera crew for Africa 24 Media.

As a KGSA student, she won The Best CEO in Nairobi Award from Junior Achievement.
Class of 2013
Asha received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Moi University and currently works as a freelance journalist, producer, and social activist. She has been featured in NYT and National Geographic and has worked for Clear Water Productions and the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa. Her awards include the Haller Prize for Development Journalism and the Africans Rising Activist of the Year.
Class of 2011
After graduating from KGSA, Dalifa earned her Bachelor’s in Education from Maseno University. She hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Planning from the University of Nairobi in the future. Currently, she teaches math and chemistry at KGSA.
Class of 2012
Radhiya is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nairobi. After graduating from KGSA, she received college scholarships from both Girl's Voices and the Global Gives Back Circle to study medicine. She hopes to become a doctor for the World Health Organization.

As a KGSA student, she won the courage category of the Girl's Voices challenge, an international video competition for girls around the world.
Class of 2019
Lynn went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Jomo Kenya University of Agriculture and Technology. In addition, she completed programs in Graphic and Web Design at Nairobits and in Business and Information and Communications Technology at IAT. She and her husband Edgar work as house parents for Visible Grace, a non-profit that cares for orphans in rural Kenya.
Class of 2011