The Kenyan government does provide some assistance towards primary and secondary education, however, this is not enough for most families. In order to attend school children need school uniform, bags, books, shoes, stationary and money for tuition as well as exam fees and school activities.
A number of the families living within our community are unable to raise this money themselves as many are casual labourers and often find themselves without a job and even without food. This results in children dropping out of school and taking to the streets in search of money, food and something to do.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
A sponsor/corporate donor can choose the sponsorship program most suitable for them; this largely depends on the child’s level of education. With less than 1euro per day, you can change a child’s life.
- Nursery students – 20 Euro/month
- Primary students – 20 Euro/month
- Secondary students – 30 Euro/month
How are guardianship funds spent?
- School tuition and public exam fees – The programme ensures that children are not only able to attend school but complete official exams all the way through primary and secondary school and where necessary vocational training and university.
- Overcoming barriers to learning – We do whatever we can to ensure that our children can attend and fully benefit from being at school by providing uniform, shoes, books, school bags, stationary, decent nutrition and hygiene essentials.
- Supporting care givers – We ensure that all children enrolled on the sponsorship programme live with an approved guardian. This can be the child’s birth-parent/s, grandparents, an aunt, older siblings or even a kind neighbour. Caregivers from this community often struggle to make a living and we support them with practical things like food and medical supplies where necessary as well as job seeking assistance.
Any surpluses of funds are used to help the rest of the community in which the child lives which includes a feeding and care program for street children and the elderly.
How do sponsors make their contribution?
Once you have been assigned a child, sponsors decide whether they would like to pay annually or per scholastic term (once every 4 months). These funds are transferred directly to our operations team in Ruiru who ensure that your child is being educated and cared for up to the desired standard.
How long does the sponsorship last?
Sponsorship may last until the child completes his/her education or vocational training. Our objective is that the children will be better equipped to find employment on reaching adulthood and will be able to care for themselves and eventually their families independently.
There is no obligation to sponsor the child for the entirety of his/her education, as the sponsorship scheme works on a yearly basis. Sponsorship may also terminate if the child exits the programme or relocates from Ruiru.
Communication between you and your child.
At Christmas and Easter children write letters to their sponsors informing them of their activity and achievements. If at any point volunteers are visiting Ruiru, then sponsors will be notified and will be able to send letters and packages to be passed on to the children. Useful gifts are things such as clothes, shoes, underwear, stationary and small toys which are always hugely appreciated!