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 alumnae Melgriffin and Zahara are a sample of the amazing young women at KGSA. 

Hilda, Current Student

“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.”


Melgriffin, Class of 2019

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 on my exams and qualified for 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.

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Zahara, Class of 2020

“The pandemic occurred during my senior year at KGSA. It was difficult, but my classmates and I preservered. I graduated first in my class and won a full scholarship from Global Give Back Circle to pursue a Bachelor of Education from Maseno University. 

My favorite thing about KGSA is that it feels like home. We are one big family that supports each other. I enjoy coming back to KGSA to mentor the younger girls. My dream is to teach at KGSA one day like my role model Madame Dalifa who graduated from KGSA and now teaches math and science at the school.

Alumnae 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 is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Planning from the University of Nairobi in the future. Dalifa is beloved by her students teaching math and chemistry at KGSA.
Class of 2012
Radhiya is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Tourism from the University of Nairobi. After graduating from KGSA, she received college scholarships from both Girl's Voices and the Global Gives Back Circle.

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
After graduating from KGSA, Beatrice graduated from the University of Nairobi with honors. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Marketing. Beatrice is currently working in marketing supporting herself, her sister and her nephew. The #girleffect full circle!
Class of 2012