June 2019, I had the privilege to make a short film at the Morneau Shepell School for Girls in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya. it was an honour to meet and interview the inspiring girls there, every one of whom want to learn as much as they can in their chosen field to give back the knowledge to the people in the camp and to have their voices heard by the world. I was moved to tears and so humbled to have been given the opportunity to make this film.
The film won the award in the Medium Corporate Company category at the International Corporate Citizen Film Festival established by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.
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Kakuma Refugee Camp, Northwestern Kenya. The camp was established in 1992. It is home to 188,000 people who were forced to flee violence, persecution and war. Among the population, 75% are under the age of 25 and more unaccompanied minors arrive every day.
Education = hope. In Kenya, less than 4% of girls attend secondary school. Girls face many systemic cultural and socio-economic barriers to education. Schools are overcrowded with an average of 110 students per classroom.
Morneau Shepell built and financially supports the Morneau Shepell Secondary School for Girls – a boarding school for girls who demonstrate academic promise and are in need of protection. The school opened in 2014 and is home to 346 young women.
This is their story.