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£720raised of £600 target by 25 supporters

    Weʼve raised £720 to Allow 11-year old Natii to escape child marriage

    Maasai Mara
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    Funded on Friday, 4th September 2015

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    Natii is 11 years old. Her father died when she was young and since then her eldest brother has sold all of the family’s assets. He has now withdrawn all of his siblings from school. The boys (incl. 8yr old) have been sent out to herd sheep and the girls have all been married, apart from Natii. He is now trying to arrange for Natii to marry a 55-year old man so that he can receive the bride price. Natii is desperate to go to boarding school as she does not feel safe living with her bother.

    Olare Orok and Motorogi Trust works with communities in the Maasai Mara to increase the benefits that they receive from conservation. Scholarships for needy children is one of our initiatives. As well as paying all of Natii's expenses for her to continue her education we will ensure that she receives the necessary emotional support. Natii is a very brave girl for running away from her proposed husband and asking for help.

    For those interested we can add you to the mailing list for our quarterly newsletter and we will also send bi-annual reports on how Natii is progressing. Anyone visiting the Maasai Mara would also be welcome to come and meet her in person.

    In total we need to raise $1800 to ensure that Natii can go from class three that she is in now to the end of primary school. This money includes all school fees, uniform, school essentials, transport and there is a small allocation for health care. It will cover everything that she needs for life in boarding school. We will not stop supporting her when she reaches the end of primary school. We will work with her to determine the most appropriate next step for her goals in life.



    • Crystal Courtney

      Crystal Courtney

      2 years ago

      Crystal Courtney

      On Saturday we'll buy her school supplies and then Natii starts her new boarding school on Monday. We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated. We're still £260 short of the total needed to get her to the end of primary school if anyone else is able to help.

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    • Crystal Courtney

      Crystal Courtney

      2 years ago

      Crystal Courtney

      We've told Natii the great news! She's so excited to be able to go to a good boarding school and put the last few weeks behind her. Her brother also promised today to repay the livestock to the 55-year old man who Natii was due to marry. This will annul the engagement.

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    • Crystal Courtney

      Crystal Courtney

      2 years ago

      Crystal Courtney

      Thank you so much for the continued donations. We're past the half way mark and now just need £525 to complete the £1160 ($1800) needed for Natii to complete primary school in a safe, secure, supportive boarding school environment. A chance for her to retain her childhood.

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    • Catherine


      Aug 28, 2015


    • Paddie Cassidy

      Paddie Cassidy

      Aug 25, 2015


    • Bella


      Aug 14, 2015

      Good on you Crystal, every child deserves to be safe - here's to more access to education for women all around the world


    • Liz B, Viv, Liz L, Rita and Frances.

      Liz B, Viv, Liz L, Rita and Frances.

      Aug 13, 2015

      Good Luck for the future, from Ponteland Ladies Badminton.


    • Claire


      Aug 13, 2015

      Great effort Crystal, and best of luck Natii!


    • Anonymous


      Aug 12, 2015


    • John and Lulu Clark

      John and Lulu Clark

      Aug 11, 2015

      If enough people give just a little bit each great things can happen ...


    About the fundraiser
    Crystal Courtney

    Crystal Courtney

    Maasai Mara

    I am the CEO of Olare Orok and Motorogi Trust. Last year I completed my PhD in the Mara looking at perceptions of the relationship between conservancies and development. In my new role I have the opportunity to implement all of the improvements that I found during my research.

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