| Double Return from a Sponsor's Support: Tuition-free University Education
We never imagined in 2005, how many of our sponsored students would leverage their high school educations into government university scholarships.
More than 80% of KSHP sponsored students graduate with honors and receive tuition-free university educations. A double return from a sponsor's early partnership and caring. This year, we will have thirty-one former sponsored students in university degrees programs.
With scholarships in hand, this year's graduates plan careers in medicine, law, education, business, economics, wildlife life & tourism, commerce, pharmacy, electronics and telecommunication engineering -- professions that will strengthen their communities and contribute to Kenya's future.
No longer disadvantaged by poverty and hardship, these accomplished young adults have empowered themselves through a sponsor's partnership in high school.
Join us in 2014. For these students, it was the most important decision their sponsor ever made. Learn more about being a sponsor.
|2012 graduates: Christine, Alexandra, Graca, Turphosa, Quinter, Violet, Joyce, Frederick, Jared, Titus, Peter and Lennox|
Sponsored students give back more than five thousand hours of community service each year to local hospitals and schools, social agencies and women's health clinics.
University students lead the way, each contributing 160 hours of community service every year. During semester breaks, they return to the dirt-floored primary schools they once attended to teach English, math or science.
They volunteer at understaffed high schools to instruct chemistry and Kisawhili. They stock medical supplies in local clinics and work at regional agencies to help women open bank accounts and learn their legal rights.
High school students provide services to elder citizens, plant trees or clean the central marketplace, learning how to improve the quality of life for their neighbors and communities.
Community service is a core component of our sponsorship program. Volunteer service intertwines our goals of community-building and character-building. Without exception, students discover new competencies, new interests and new friends - and they are proud to give back to the communities in which they live.
Millicent Onyango (left), is in her last year of business and accounting studies at Kenyatta University. In addition to giving a month's service at the Kendu Sud Community Health Clinic in June, she helped distribute Dignity Kits at local primary schools - showing the way for the girls who surround her.
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DIGNITY KITS for Primary School Girls
The magic number is 1088 for June - because 1088 adolescent girls at fifteen partner primary schools received another half-year of 'security' in their new Dignity Kit package.
Dignity Kits keep adolescent girls in school by supplying underwear and sanitary supplies. Distribution events also serve as community education forums for Girl Child awareness.
Five recent graduates - all boys - helped with distributions last month, passing kits to each girl and sharing words of wisdom.
The boys grew up in these communities and overcame disadvantaged backgrounds like those of the children. Our graduates are indispensable as role models and peer mentors for younger students.
On break from JKUAT university, Wycliffe Ochieng tells the girls: "Stay in school, work hard, don't give up." Like his audience, he was destined to drop out of school after grade 8. But his excellent performance in primary school brought him a high school sponsor and, subsequently, a university scholarship. Wycliffe has built a secure future for himself and his family from a sponsor's early support.
More than 300 adolescent girls in our service zone await the freedom of their first Dignity Kit. These girls attend primary schools not yet reached through our partnership program.
Help us expand our Girls Club education and Dignity Kit support to girls in three new primary schools. Donate a Dignity Kit to help keep adolescent girls safe and in school.
LATRINES for Schools
June was a big month for latrine building too. Three new latrine blocks were completed and dedicated at Lieta, Omuga and Rongo Nyagowa Primary Schools. Each school celebrated the unveiling of its new 4-door girls' facility with official inspections, speeches, song and dance.
Omuga Primary latrine under construction in May.
A self-appointed 'inspection team' - all males - gives close scrutiny to the school's new girls' facility prior to its dedication.
A hand-lettered dedication banner adorns the new girls' latrine at Lieta Primary.
NICED-Kenya is our on-the-ground partner project that oversees and implements KSHP program initiatives.
Recent graduate, Titus Omondi, joins in the entertainment at Lieta Primary, to the delight of students. Once a student at the school, Titus was sponsored in high school and graduated with honors and free tuition to university. The primary students call him 'Titus the Great.' Currently doing his community service at Otok Secondary teaching chemistry and physics, Titus will begin studies in electronics this fall.
| Jump Start for Resource Library
Pre-med student, Lilian Adoyo, is the first to benefit from our new project Resource Library. Sponsored through KSHP in high school, Lilian finished in the top .05% of Kenya's graduates last year to earn herself a pre-medicine scholarship at Moi University.
Her greatest challenge? Textbooks. Few students can afford their own books and university libraries cannot match the demand. Thus, students share or go without the resources needed for class assignments and research.
Sponsored high schools students receive needed textbooks through the project's lending library. But until now, a comparable resource was unavailable for students continuing into university.
To help Lilian and students like her, a Kenya-loving family from New Market, MD donated first year medical texts to the program's new Resource Library. The family wants to expand this medical/science library each year as Lilian progresses through medical school, providing an enduring resource for program-supported students in the years ahead.
All donations to Good of the Cause
through July 31 will benefit our Resource Library.