We try to find educational sponsors for the children after finishing class 8, to enable them to attend a secondary school (Grades 9 – 12). The preferred method is at a boarding school so that they can fully concentrate on learning. This includes a complete new environment and new experiences, beyond orphanage home life. There is a large cost to be made according to the requirements of the boarding school. Mattress, school uniforms, books, school backpack, storage boxes, mosquito netting, etc. These costs are between 250 – 300 Euro and is beyond the reach of most Kenyan families. The monthly school fee for a boarding school is about 50 Euro per pupil. Without our sponsors, our children would not have a chance to graduate from secondary school and continue their education. Many Kenyan children leave school after 8th grade, after that they are either unemployed and provided with food by a family member, or they have a temporary job as a daily labourers which provides just enough to survive. In 2018/2019, we have already been able to help 15 children to attend secondary school
In 2019, for the first time, two of our young adults were able to take up studies at the University of Mombasa. They both had very good grades and were very motivated to continue their education. The older of the two (22 and 20 years old) spent his youth in the children home himself and is now studying electrical engineering and lives in a small room on the university campus. Our principal’s son is studying marine engineering, because of his excellent grades, the government pays 1/3 of the tuition fees.
Neema wanted to leave school after class 8. In January 2018, she started an apprenticeship as a hairdresser and beautician. We chose a private college in Mombasa for her, where she now has completed two years of theoretical and practical instruction. A sponsor paid for Neema’s training which cost around 2,000 euros. She is passionate about her chosen trade and because of her educational grades, it was the best option for her to start an apprenticeship right away instead of joining secondary school.
Hamisi attended school up to the 8th grade. At the end of 8th grade, he wanted to complete a trade education to become an electrician. We were able to find a sponsor for the fee of 3,000 euros (including rent and food). Another year followed, in which school and practice had been trained. We are very happy that we are able to give Hamisi the chance of a self-determined future with a proper education. In January 2019, he received his official certificate and was be able to take up a qualified job.
Mwanaisha was already 14 years old when she came to the children home. Due to poverty, her family did not send her to school. Learning was difficult for her, she had to repeat classes several times. In January 2014, at the age of 18 and still attending fifth grade. Together with the director we discussed about her future. It was our responsibility to give her a basis for being able to life an independent life. Her greatest wish was to become a tailor one day. With the help of a donation, she was able to finance her one-year training, which she successfully completed. Mwanaisha now has a family of her own and has been working as a childcare worker at our home since 2017.