Kenia

What we do

Students for Children supports a group disadvantaged children from a former leper colony, located in the Sout5h East of Kenya. At the moment, these children receive education on a regular basis at the local elementary school Msingi Bora Academy.

Number of Children

Since 2010 we have enabled dozens of children to receive good education. At the moment, we still support seven children, of which two require special education due to their handicap.

Costs

The costs for this project are around 500 euro per child, meaning that we have spent 3500 last year.

Project partner

We have been cooperating with Action Ministry for years and to full satisfaction. We werken al jarenlang naar volle tevredenheid samen met Action Ministry. We remain in close contact with this organisation, which keeps us fully informed on the situation as it develops.

Students for Children started in 2009 with the sponsoring of children from a small Kenyan community: Blessed Camp as it is called by the locals. This community is located at the Msambweni in South East Kenya, and exists of 180 people. Practically all older residents of the community have suffered from leprosy. Although this disease is cured, the residents of the village still carry the stigma of leprosy. The children from the Blessed Camp do not have the opportunity to follow a decent education, which has great influences on their development and future prospects. Students for Children is committed to provide the financial support to provide education to provide education to the children of the Blessed Camp and give them better chances for the future. Additionally, these children are able to pass his or her skills and knowledge to the rest of their families and surroundings.

To be able to really make a difference here, Students for Children enables some of the children to go to the private school Msingi Bora Academy. The classes are relatively small and the educational level is high. The children at the Msingi Bora Academy learn to speak English, which offers them more opportunities in the future. In 2009, students for Children laid the foundation of a long-term and intensive project. We decided to finance the costs of education for various children, from their first school year, till they are graduated from the primary school. We started this project with the sponsoring of 5 children, but this number increased over the years.

In recent years the impact of this project on the community of the Blessed Camp has become evident. Before we started with this project, the stigma of residents of the Blessed Camp was big. Additionally, there was no attention for education and the importance of it was barely recognized by the local population. Interaction between residents and people from the area increased partly due to the fact that some of the children from the Blessed Camp were able to go to school. This, among other efforts of other organisations, has resulted in a decrease of the stigma. At the moment, there is more interest in education and recognition of its importance by an increasing number of residents.

Dozens of children have successfully graduated the primary school. Some of them have been able to go to high school thanks to the effort of our local partner. We believe it is important that we do not create a continuous dependence and we support that educational cost will become the responsibility of the local residents as soon as this is possible. Therefore, and due to the relatively high costs of this project, Students for Children does only sponsor the costs of the children going to primary school. At the moment, we support seven children of the Blessed Camp. Our local partner Action Ministry keeps us informed about the developments of the children going to high school. They are great role models for the present generation of kids we are supporting at the moment in Kenya.