My name is Naneu Mashati. I am the youngest in the family. I have six brothers and one sister. My mother is the only wife of my father since he can only afford one. My father sees no use of educating his children that left all the work to my mother.
My name is Naneu Mashati. I am the youngest in the family. I have six brothers and one sister. My mother is the only wife of my father since he can only afford one. My father sees no use of educating his children that left all the work to my mother. She worked hard to enable all of her children to attend primary school. After my sister finished standard seven, my father married her off to get the dowry. She really did not want to marry but that was our Maasai traditions. My father is a chronic alcoholic and whatever money he will get from selling goods, like goats, he will use to purchase liquor. This behavior of my father would leave all the work to provide for our basic needs to my mother. She has a small farm given by my maternal grandfather. She also sells firewood to add to her income. She would wake up early everyday and prepare her tools to gather wood from the forest.
In 2010, I finished standard seven and stayed home for two months. My father did not want me to continue with my education because he has already received my dowry. One day, I was feeding the cows of my grandfather when my mother approached me and talked about a way for me to continue my studies to secondary school. We went to my aunt’s place to ask her advice about Emusoi Centre. She told us to write an application letter that she will bring to the Director of the centre. All that we had talked about was to be in secret since my father will not approve of it. After a few days, I was to my maternal Uncle’s place to prepare for my journey to Arusha. My mother was having hard time because we were doing all these things without the knowledge of my father. I was interviewed and was accepted to join Pre-Secondary One for the school year 2011.
For this year, 2012, I am now able to continue my secondary education in Mwedo Girls Secondary School as a Form 1 student. My father still does not support my education, which is why during school holidays I go directly to my uncle’s place and stay there. My mother usually goes there to see me. I really love my father and feel very bad that about not getting his support in fulfilling my dreams. I know that one day he will appreciate all the things that I am doing now.