January 16, 2012
On Monday, three of our girls opened a new chapter in their lives by joining secondary school. Most of the students who sat their 8th Grade National Exams last November won’t join secondary school until early February, but after the results were released a couple weeks ago, Jera Secondary School in Siaya was quick to send them invitation letters and requested for them to come as soon as possible so that they could get adjusted academically before the others arrive and also to prepare for an upcoming football tournament. Because of their football talent, they were asked to pay less than half of the fees for boarding school. Through some well-wishers, the club was able to assist them financially to make their dream a reality. We have prayed and fasted so much for their futures and this was an answer to that prayer.
Jera has won the Nyanza Secondary School Provencal Tournament in 11 of the last 14 years. This past year they reached the National Semifinals before narrowly losing and missed out on qualifying for the East African games by just one goal. Eleven of those players were in their first year of secondary school and have all returned. They are hoping that through hard work and with the addition of some good players, they may be able to reach that next level.
All three of these girls joining Jera were founding members of the football club when they were tiny young girls in 5th and 6th grade. It is so rewarding to see how they have grown physically, academically, socially and spiritually. All of them are orphans that have faced so many challenges in their lives.
Posted by Joe Peterson at 10:08 AM