Support for High School Scholarships

Scholarships

Education is one way in which the lives of students can be greatly improved. Acquiring at least a primary education in Kenya can be challenging for many children. Even though education is considered free through 8th grade, primary school students still pay fees for uniforms and basic supplies. Secondary students pursuing education beyond the local communities must pay tuition and fees in order to attend high school. For many families, they are not able to even afford the nominal fees of a local school, thus preventing many students from attending school past the eighth grade. In addition, there are many orphaned children who do not have the family support to provide school fees.

For girls, attaining an education beyond the 8th grade is more challenging. If a family has many children, they will often choose to educate a boy first, especially if funds are scarce. The girls are then made to stay home and help with running the household. Research studies continue to show that the more education a girl has, the chances are her family life will be  improved and will also have a positive impact in the community.

Beginning in 2013, Marafiki began a program to award high school scholarships for the top performing girl and boy completing Musembe Primary School. The first two students successfully completed their high school studies and the young man qualified for college! Without the assistance from Marafiki, these students would most likely not have gone to high school at all, even a local day school. The opportunity to attend a quality boarding school has provided students from the Musembe area the type of education needed in order to help them further develop academically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. Marafiki plans to continue this program by sponsoring at least 2 students from Musembe each year, or more students as funds become available. Interested donors can choose to support a student for high school for an annual commitment of $750 for a period of 4 years, which covers the complete high school education.  This is a very small price to give many students a chance at a better life.

Scholarship Students

Scholarship student Branice

Scholarship student Mary

Scholarship student Tony