WHAT WE DO
Our Sponsor-a-Student program provides high school scholarships to high-achieving orphaned and disadvantaged youth in Rachuonyo district of Kendu Bay. Its purpose is to give the region's most capable destitute students access to educational opportunity 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. A sponsorship provides a network of services for school fees, room & board, books & school supplies. Each student receives mentoring, home & school visits, life skills education & leadership training, term break tutoring and medical & personal support integral to helping each sponsored student 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
Belinda 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.
GOAL: $1,500 full sponsor
$ 750 co-sponsor
HOW KSHP SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM WORKS
More than 100 students from Rachuonyo district apply for KSHP high school scholarships each year. Only TWELVE 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 caring.
"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 readily see all the difference it has made in their lives." Shelley Richardson Shelburne, VT