"Elimu gives children hope of completing their education and shaping their future." – Kamotho Ndung’u, CEO, Elimu
Sponorship Benefits the Whole Family
Stay in School Project is Elimu’s response to keeping children in school who would otherwise be forced to drop out. By relieving the school fees burden of at least one child, parents are in a stronger position to pay rent and food and keep their other children in school. The whole family is boosted.
Facing the Challenges
In Kenya, many students are at risk of dropping out of school due to lack of funds or other problems which plague impoverished and vulnerable children. We provide what children need to stay in school including school fees, uniforms, supplies, and emergency assistance with healthcare and nutrition. We focus especially on the transition to high school. Many impoverished parents can manage the minimal expenses at primary school, however, the cost of high school can prove to be too much. Without a high school certificate in Kenya, it is nearly impossible to apply for a job even at the local department store. Keeping kids in school to high school graduation makes that much difference!
We learned very quickly that just paying school fees and providing uniforms does not guarantee success in learning. We have been developing our own Elimu brand of mentorship that includes one-on-one follow up, group meetings, school visits and thematic talks for students. After graduating from high school, our sponsored students have the opportunity to volunteer at Elimu Resource Centre for several months. They gain digital proficiency, explore their talents and acquire new skills as they work as part of the Elimu team in the Centre and in the field with our Digital Reading and eLearning for Schools programs. These activities help them build their self-awareness and guide them in their future plans for work or further study.
Parents meet monthly for a savings and loan group where we also encourage them to start home-based businesses to increase their income. The parents have a formed a Prayer Circle which helps build unity and connectedness. Some parents are themselves illiterate or semi-literate and are nervous about meeting their children’s teachers or attending school clinics. We undertake training with them to help them find ways to engage with their children’s progress and be a source of encouragement to them.
Malindi, where Elimu is based, is one of the most under-resourced regions for education in the country. Not enough textbooks in the classroom. Not enough teachers in the schools. Electricity is lacking and unstable when installed. Internet is generally not available. Many schools don’t have a library.
Rate of literacy
Primary school completion
Transition to high school
Children who are forced to drop out of school are at risk from a variety of threats in their communities. Major problems affecting children and youth include drug abuse, high unemployment amongst parents and HIV/AIDS. For many years, tourism was the primary industry in Malindi until terror attacks around Kenya eroded the once thriving economy. The tourism industry includes a sector of sex tourism, which especially targets children and youth. Supporting children to continue their education through our Stay in School Project greatly reduces their risk of engaging in these negative influences. Having their school needs met allows students to focus on their studies and achieve greater success in their academic performance. With Elimu taking care of school needs, beneficiaries’ parents can focus on providing for other basic needs such as food, clothing and house rent, as well as manage the schooling of their other children.
Stay in School Project – Testimonials
Click the links below to hear from our project graduates themselves. Jackson is working selling phone credit to small businesses. David and Hadija achieved diplomas and are both launching careers in their fields of study.