Secondary Education Scheme
URAFIKI’s secondary education scheme was set up in August 2004 to provide sponsored school places for children who would otherwise have no access to education. In Kenya, education beyond the age of 14 has to be paid for, which puts it beyond the reach of many families.
Through our sponsorship scheme, the Yala team considers applications from students living in extreme poverty, across multiple tribes and religions. Many children in Yala have encountered huge obstacles in their lives and are desperate to learn – URAFIKI gives them that opportunity. The more disadvantaged children are given access to education, the more the community benefits. Students avoid early marriage and a life of drugs and alcohol, and instead go on after school to receive vocational training, university educations or skilled jobs.
Bixa's Success Story
Bixa Matambo was living in desperate poverty with his younger siblings when his mother died. His father had passed away when he was very young and his mother had been too weak to work in the fields or put food on the table, due to the fact that she was HIV+. The Yala team met with Bixa’s mother shortly before she passed and were blown away by her unyielding positive spirit and fervent love for her children.
Because of a single sponsorship, URAFIKI were able to find a boarding school for Bixa, where he is now fed and cared for in a positive learning environment. Through regular letters, he has formed a very close bond with his sponsor and is grateful to have someone who he can talk to about his experiences.
It costs just £240 per year to cover the cost of a year at secondary school for a child in Yala, which includes tuition and exam fees.
How You Can Help
Clifton is desperate to go to secondary school but has little hope unless he finds a sponsor. He is the 2nd born of 4 children and lives with his father. Their mother has run away. Their father works as a casual labourer on people’s farms and doesn’t earn enough to feed the family. Even eating each day is a problem. Clifton walked seven miles to the URAFIKI office seeking a chance of education. It will cost £20 a month to support Clifton in secondary school. Please can you help him?