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BOOKS! Campaign 

Kenya's primary schools receive 35-50¢ per child per term for textbooks
and class readers.

Total government support for schools = $1.90 per child per year
Cost of one Math book = $6.50

The problem is in the math.

BOOKS! campaign is dedicated to supplying critical learning materials for our 23 partner schools. Your contributions make a visible difference. Performance scores are rising. Enrollment has increased. Girls are staying in school. We are helping to improve the futures of an entire generation.

This year, we target core subject textbooks: MATH, SCIENCE and ENGLISH.

All donations through May 15th will be dedicated to this special BOOKS! campaign.

Our goal: 10 copies of core subject textbooks per school

Your help will make a world of difference for Kendu Bay children.



Our Sponsor-a-Student program provides high school scholarships to high-achieving orphaned and disadvantaged youth in Kendu Bay region of western Kenya. Its purpose is to give 
educational opportunity to the district's most capable destitute students so they may lead the way in their community's future development. 

Sponsors are linked to individual students, who benefit from a comprehensive scholarship/social empowerment program. Sponsors provide a network of program services including school fees, room & board. Each student receives mentoring, home & school visits, life skills education & leadership training, term break tutoring and medical & personal support integral to helping them be socially and academically successful.

Secondary schools in Kenya are private and most are boarding schools. For rural families living on less than $2/day a high school education is out of reach for even the brightest child. A sponsorship extends a lifeline to a student in Kendu Bay, where two-thirds of students eligible to join high school lack financial ability to pay the required school fees. Our scholarship program serves this population and its most capable students.

Education Transforms Lives: One Girl's Profile

BelindaBelinda Atieno Ochieng is a partial orphan and youngest of three children.  Her mother died five years ago when Belinda was age ten.  Her father, a day laborer, could not support the family, so Belinda was taken out of school and sent to live with an aunt in Kisumu.  Belinda describes this period in her life as the most difficult.  Though she yearned to continue in school, her aunt forced Belinda to sell vegetables at her market stall.  This kept Belinda out of primary school for nearly a year.  Sympathetic neighbors helped her to escape and Belinda went to Kendu Bay to live with her grandmother, where she went back to school through grade 8.  Belinda's strong performance on the KCPE exams drew her an invitation to Kaimosi Girls, a top ranking provincial high school.  Belinda has no family resources to pay her school fees.  A Texas family is sponsoring Belinda's high school education.

SPONSORSHIP: $1,500 + $50 student support, full sponsor     
                          $  750 + $25 student support, co-sponsor

More than 100 students apply for KSHP high school scholarships each year.  TEN students - the most capable and most needy - will receive scholarships and become part of our KSHP family of students. Each recipient is linked to a specific sponsor who will partner with 'their' student throughout the high school years. Sponsors enable a student to study and board at a provincial or national high school to which they have been "called." Personal letters and term grade reports are shared three times/year and periodic updates keep sponsors informed of their student's progress. Sponsors also receive family information and school visit reports.  Sponsors and students often establish lifelong bonds.

FACT: Over 90% of KSHP sponsored students graduate with honors and receive tuition-free university educations. A double return from a sponsor's early partnership and support.


"KSHP has set up a proven process for identifying talented youngsters,
giving them essential support over the years, and making appropriate demands
that kids give back to their communities.  That's why we joined in as sponsors
and why we will keep doing so."      Meg & John Menke   Barnesville, MD  

"Congratulations to Kenya Self Help Project for providing the network to link sponsors and students – a wonderful opportunity for us all."     Prudence & Simon Perrott   Mosman, Australia

"Thanks for all you do to help students stay on track, meet their struggles and push beyond them and succeed.  You can see all the difference this program has made in their lives."   Shelley Richardson   Shelburne, VT