Sponsorship for needy children

It costs an average of 50 US dollars every month to sponsor one child through secondary school. This amount caters for the child’s tuition fee, 3 meals a day and medical care.

Without sponsorship for the needy, thousands are bound to drop out of secondary school every year.

While the free primary education program has increased access to primary education especially among poorer households, ancillary costs such as school uniforms continue to hinder the educational attainment of many children.

As the fees required in secondary schools present a huge financial obstacle for females and vulnerable groups like orphans, primary-to-secondary school transition remains a huge problem for many.

Statistics show that Completion Rate in Primary school was 78.5 per cent in 2014. Between 2010 and 2013 an estimated 50, 266 pupils did not stay in secondary schools to completion. Lack of school fees remains the main reason for students to drop out of school.

Sponsorship for the needy provides hope for the brightest, neediest students and targets mainly AIDS orphans, street children, children who are left in the care of elderly grandparents who cannot adequately provide for them, and girls locked out of education by harmful cultural practices.

Education is one of the primary drivers of economic development for any country. It is also the most promising path for anyone to realize better, more productive life as a citizen.

The government of Kenya has invested heavily in improving both the access and quality of education, in an effort to realize the promise of education as well as to achieve development objectives.

Among the most notable government efforts include bursaries provided by the ministry of education and constituency development fund (CDF). A number of mishaps like corruption have rendered these efforts futile.

While 90% of children in Kenya enroll for primary education, only 60% stay to completion.

Crowded and dilapidated classrooms, coupled with insufficient teaching resources and instructional time show the poor standards of most rural educational institutions.

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We identify the most disadvantaged and vulnerable students and afford them access to secondary schools and tertiary institutions. We give priority to orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.

Our sponsorship program goes beyond tuition fees and includes collateral issues like healthy food and medical care that could also pose a barrier to uninterrupted school attendance.

Half of Kenyans live in absolute poverty.

Despite being one of the larger and more advanced economies in central and eastern Africa, Kenya remains a low-income country. Half of Kenyans live on $2 a day or less, and the country’s HDI rating is 147th out of 187 countries (UNDP, 2013a).

There are indications that the population seeking to attend secondary education will grow from 7 million in 2012 to 21 million by 2035 (Fengler and Crespo Cuaresma, 2012). With an estimated population growth of 1 million inhabitants per year (Fengler and Crespo Cuaresma, 2012), there will be burgeoning demand on education services.