This year (2015-16), the Kenyan Schoolhouse Education Programme at ANPPCAN, with the financial support of Kenya School House Program is supporting a total of 22 students (9 females and 13 males) in education institutions in Kenya. The students are in different schools across the country. Most of these children are orphans, while others were rescued from child labour. This quarter the program was scheduled to ensure all students report back to school through school fees payment, follow up on students to join university, preparing our candidates for KCSE exams, identify 3 new students for sponsorship according to the program criteria and preparing a financial report in informing the donors on the program financial status. The following includes the activities carried out:
This year, two of our students joined Universities. One at Maseno University to pursue Bachelor of Science, while the other one to pursue Nursing in Moi University. Early this year we followed up with our students and helped them apply for university courses. The students were guided through in career choices depending with their interests and the grades they scored in form four. Most of these children are orphans and under custody of their grandmothers who are aging. This made it very difficult for them to raise their university fees. However this did not deter them from joining the university. Most of them enrolled for short term teaching in their local schools to help them save some money for school fees. A few organized for small fundraising to enable them raise school fees for first term. They were guided in government loan application (HELB) to help them pay school fees for subsequent years. Thanks to Kenyan Schoolhouse Program that saved them either from child labour, early marriages or child trafficking, they are now able to pursue a career of their dream.
School fees disbursement
This term marks end of second term. All students were paid school fee in time allowing them to settle and study without disruptions. Most of these children are in boarding schools, allowing them to have at least three meals a day. We prefer them attending a boarding school, since most of their homes are very poor and sometimes they can go a whole day without food. At least at school, they can get something for eating and have enough time for studies.
Term two was the longest term of the three terms. Students left the schools in the second week of August. However, the term was not smooth as it was affected by many schools unrest. Many reports informed of either dormitories burned, libraries caught fire and even class rooms. Most students lost their properties and schools recorded massive school damage. A committee was formed by the government to investigate the cause of these fires and it has yet to release the report. Most of our schools were affected by this, and many students lost their items including books and mattresses. Luckily no injuries or deaths of students were reported, as most of these heinous acts happened while students were in classes for studies. Students are currently at home for a short holiday and scheduled to report back from 26th August for third term studies. While at home, these students are helping their guardians with house chores and sometimes shamba jobs like planting and harvesting farm produce. This gives them a sense of responsibility both to them and their families.
We thank Kenyan Schoolhouse sponsors, including Len Morris for the good work they do in fundraising enabling our Kenya children to access education and avoid being victims of child abuse, including child labour. Many children are now enrolled in secondary schools, universities and some have completed and now in employment.
They are now able to fend for themselves and younger siblings. Most of them have requested you visit them either at school or their home so they can personally thank you and express their gratitude.
Sophie Omutanyi, Program Officer, ANPPCAN