Kipawa sponsors 20 young people to attend secondary school. Moses was one of the first we sponsored and is now in his 3rd year of 4. It's good to hear he is sticking in at school and getting on well. Read more in the report below from our partners in Kenya. Click on the post to read more.
So far, most of Kipawa's efforts have focussed on Mukuya School in Ruiru. However, once children have left primary school, it often becomes impossible for their families to afford the cost of sending them to secondary school. This can mean the children have to try to find jobs or can have problems associated with crime, drugs or early pregnancy.
Kipawa has identified six young people who left Mukuya school last year with good grades in their national tests and has sponsored them to attend secondary school by providing their school fees. None was in a position to afford to attend school before this help.
Juliah lives with her mother, who is a single parent, and her two younger siblings. Her mother makes a small living from washing clothes and picking coffee but is pregnant and so cannot take on as much work as before.
Similarly, Pauline lives with her widowed mother and two of her four siblings. Her mother struggles to make enough money from washing clothes to meet the family's basic needs.
Neither family could afford to send their daughters to secondary school.
Moses' parents are dead and he lives with his grandmother. He was so determined to attend school that he found a benefactor to provide some of his fees and enrolled in school. However, when that money ran out, he was asked to leave school until he could find the outstanding fees.
The young people supported are required to have good attendance and to take personal responsibility for their learning. They are also encouraged and supported to build their self-esteem, for example through participation in school activities. The success of this sponsorship will be evaluated through regular meetings with the young people, their school and their parents or guardians.