Education is a key element for empowering the children of Kenya with hope for the future. While the Kenyan government supports education, funds for adequate facilities, teachers, and infrastructure are sorely lacking. As a result, many schools have conditions that are not conducive to a heathy and productive learning. Medical clinics are often full of sick and dying students. Plus, many children are not able to attend school due a lack of financial resources for school fees, uniforms etc.
SOHI is partnering with the community to ensure that all schools have sufficient clean water, toilet facilities and sanitation & health training to improve the health of the children as well as their focus and learning capabilities. SOHI has also created the Educational Sponsorship Program. Sponsorships are child-specific with donations given monthly. Funds pay for uniforms, fees and other necessities that allow children to attend school.
The public schools in the area are sorely underfunded. This is evidenced by the fact that in many schools, walls are falling down, children are meeting under trees due to lack of classrooms, desks, text books, library books, etc. The community believes very much in education and is supportive of the schools, but the poverty is so extreme that they can only help in small ways. Funds donated to school facilities will be used on a prioritized basis to assist with needed upgrades and materials. Needs range from $50 to $7,000 for a classroom; so, any amount helps.
"I Was Thirsty" Campaign
Partnering with the Kenyan and U.S. churches, businesses, service organizations and individuals, SOHI has initiated the “I was thirsty…A life-saving gift of health for the children” campaign which is bringing these critically needed upgrades to all 41 schools. Fund-raising is ongoing with approximately 90% of the $380,000 needed. Construction is being performed by local construction companies (supporting local employment) on a prioritized school-by-school basis.
Upgrades to ten schools have been completed so far in 2019 and construction continues on more of the remaining schools. Your donation can help to make this important dream a reality.
HIV/Aids has ravished the Karachuonyo region leaving only a small percentage of living parents between the ages of 30 and 45. This has created a tragic situation where thousands of children are orphaned. The children are left as “child head of household”, homeless, or living with aged grandparents that don’t have the resources to support them. Primary education is “free” in Kenya, but student’s must pay fees for school uniforms, books, and other supplies to make it possible for them to attend.
For example, at one school visited recently the principal said that half of the children had been sent home because they hadn’t paid their fees. Add to that the need to have sufficient nutrition so that they can learn properly. Another factor keeping some from school is that they may needed to fetch water from several kilometers away and help with the farm. These dynamics add up to a situation where too large a share of the children either miss school regularly or don’t attend at all.
Funds for child sponsorship are used to pay school fees and other expenses that allow regular school attendance. School administrators praise the improvements resulting from SOHI child sponsorship’s to date. They are resulting in a much higher percentage of girls being able to attend school (and they are excelling!) as well as much higher academic tests scores.
Sponsorship of a child dramatically improves her or his prospects for the future a personal victory that also leads to sustainable improvements for the community. The cost is $35/month per child.
Education Opportunities Updates
These are the most recent updates to our mission to educate the young population of Kenya.
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