Virginia Moraa

Bridge Academy, Nyamataro: Kisii County, Kenya

Virginia is in Class 8 at Bridge Academy, Nyamataro in Kisii County, Kenya. She is the second child of five to a casual labourer father and housewife mother; she will soon be sitting her KCPE exams. Her Academy Manager says, “she is disciplined, hardworking, creative and confident.”

Virginia is scoring high marks at school “be it in books or co-curricular, she shines brightest,” says her teacher. Last year she finished second in her year, with 341 out of 500 marks. This year, she took home the Best Narrator and Best Actress award at the Kisii County Drama Festival.

Virginia’s academic and dramatic achievements would not have been possible without the life-changing power of sponsorship – costing less than $3/week.

Virginia dreams of becoming a world-famous actress and believes that by learning English at Bridge this will help her to connect with a global audience beyond east Africa. Her role model is the Wangare Mathai, the Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel laureate, saying “I am inspired by her bravery and determination to make the world a better place,”. Virgina’s education is giving her a platform to follow in Mathai’s footsteps and realise her dreams.

Bridge schools are located in communities living in extreme poverty. They give parents a choice and children the chance to fulfil their dreams. Alongside delivering strong academic results, they take a holistic approach to education, championing the value of co-curricular activities in helping a child to become self-confident, develop teamwork and leadership skills and have fun learning.

If, like Virginia, you believe every child should be able to realise their full potential – sponsor a child today.