One of the biggest barriers to ending poverty in Africa is the lack of education. Many children are unable to go to school in most parts of Africa, because of the fee structure that exists.Instead, they are forced to stay at home and tend to younger siblings or go out into the workforce. Unlike many countries in the West, a secondary school in Kenya is not free. Thus, to continue on past 8th grade, a high school student ends up paying school fees every year.
This becomes unachievable as the majority of Kenyans survive on less than 2 dollars a day, making it impossible to send their children to school. As a result, many students drop out of school and education is placed beyond their reach.
To increase access to secondary education for children in extreme poverty through merit-based scholarships, recognizing that these children will return to their respective communities as educated, inspired and innovate young people, who will improve the quality of life by breaking the cycle of poverty.
“Sometimes access to education can seem so big, you wonder where to even begin? So you begin with one student, or one school, you simply begin. And that’s when we see change.”