Kenya Connect

Field Partner

Kenya Connect's mission is to engage and empower students and teachers to succeed in the 21st century. They do this by breaking down local barriers to education by providing clean water, deworming programs and hand washing stations to schools, offering computer training to students and teachers and providing scholarships to underprivileged students.

Location:
Kenya
Partner Type:
Community Based Organization
Population served:
Kenya Connect serves 17,000 students in the rural village of Wamunyu. Over 50% of the population lives in extreme poverty but families are extremely supportive of education.
Student selection criteria:
Need and Merit
Services provided:
Computer training, community library, clean water and hand washing stations.
TSF student promotion rate:
2015 - 93%
2014 - 100%
2013 - 100%
2012 - 100%

Kenya Connect is raising money for 28 students' school expenses. 7 have have been fully funded so far.

  • Jonathan

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    Jonathan

    Kenya

    Jonathan is the fourth born child in a family of six children. He has a twin brother called Isaac Nzingi. Their parents are divorced and have deserted the children. The children live with a guardian (Florence) who takes care for them. The main challenge is that the guardian family has a big family of their own (comprised of seven children) to fend for therefore limiting their ability to support these adopted children. The first and the second born brothers of Jonathan completed form four in 2012 and 2014 through support of well-wishers. The third born is currently in form four at the Mbaikini School and is supported by the guardian family. Jonathan did his primary exam in 2014 and passed well with 323 marks and has been admitted at The Mbaikini school. Jonathan is determined to join high school despite all odds. He is aspiring to become a reputable journalist in future.

    School Year 2018

  • Virginia

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    Virginia

    Kenya

    Virginia is the first-born child in a family of four. Her father is a casual laborer while her mother is a housewife. After doing her final exam in 2015 and scoring well, Virginia could not join secondary school since her parents could not afford the fees. Her parents wanted her to get employed as house help. Her hopes of becoming a doctor and help people in need was diminishing. She decided to repeat grade eight and she emerged the best in her school. Her success was not without challenges. She lacked kerosene to study at night and could only use her daytime to study. Most of the time she was sent home due to lack of payment for school levies. Virginia is outgoing and determined to go against all odds to achieve her dreams.

    School Year 2018

  • Alexander

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    Alexander

    Kenya

    Alexander is the second born child in a family of five. His mother is ailing from a kidney disease that has taken a toll on their meager resources. His father decorates woodcarvings and earns less than a dollar per day. While in primary school, Alex had to maintain a balance between doing family chores like cooking, collecting firewood and fetching water while devoting some time for studies. He was constantly sent home from school because he had not paid the fees and often lacked many essential books. Despite these challenges, Alex was able to score very well in his primary level exam. He is a disciplined and determined boy who hopes to succeed and help the less privileged in the society.

    School Year 2018

  • Faith

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    Faith

    Kenya

    Faith is the first-born child in a family of three. She has the passion to be a lawyer and wants to help execute justice among her people and especially the poor in the community. While in school Faith underwent many challenges like being sent home due to lack of payment of school fees, lack of school uniform and lack of kerosene to study at night. However Faith remained determined to achieve good grades. She resulted to be waking up at the crack of dawn each day to go to school before any other student arrived. Once at school she would get out her desk from the classroom since it was still dark and work on her homework. She was fortunate that a few months before she sat for her final exams, a neighbor helped her with kerosene and she was able to study each night until 11.00 pm. She is grateful that some students helped her with pens and pencils and her teachers were very supportive. Despite these challenges, Faith performance in the primary school leaving exam was among the best in her school. She believes that hard work never goes unrewarded.

    School Year 2018

  • Mwau

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    Mwau

    Kenya

    Mwau is the third born child in a family of four children. His father is a woodcarver and his mother is a housewife. Both parents are unable to raise his fees for secondary school. Mwau completed his primary education in 2015 and and scored 355 in KCPE exam. He was among the top students at his primary school. Mwau is a smart boy who is determined to work hard in school and become a civil engineer. He says, "When I grow up, I want to help design good roads in my country". This is the big dream for Mwau and with his passion and determination to excel in school, it should come to pass one day.

    School Year 2018

  • Edna

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    Edna

    Kenya

    Edna is second born child in a family of three. She stays with her grandmother who has taken up the responsibility of caring for her. Her mother is single and jobless. Edna’s elder sister dropped out of school in form two due to lack of school fees. Edna’s journey to success in primary school was not without challenges. She woke up at the crack of dawn each morning and walked about 2 kilometers to school. Sometimes she went to school without any breakfast. Other times she arrived to school late and had to take a punishment but that did not make her to give up. She remained determined and worked hard to attain good grades. Edna emerged the best student by scoring 396 marks out of 500 at her school. She believes that determination knows no barrier.

    School Year 2018

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