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.

  • Faith

    40%

    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

  • Monicah

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    Monicah

    Kenya

    Monicah is the fourth born child in a family of seven children. Her mother is divorced and and the sole bread winner of the family. She earns a living doing casual labor painting and sanding wood carvings to support the large family. However, recently she has been ailing and unable to work thus making it difficult for Monicah to continue with her education. Monicah has so far gone through many struggles like being sent home regularly due to unpaid school levies and wearing old school uniforms. Despite theses odds, she worked hard in her studies and scored 349 marks in her KCPE exam in 2015. She was among the top students at her primary school. Monicah is very optimistic about life. According to her, poverty is not going to deter her determination to join secondary school and study hard to be a medical doctor. Her role model is pope Francis and she dreams of becoming a doctor and building health centers to save the lives of mothers and children in her village.

    School Year 2018

  • Syombua

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    Syombua

    Kenya

    Syombua is the last-born child in a family of eight. She completed her primary education in 2014 at Mavitini Primary School, performing exceptionally well in her final exams. Her good performance earned her a place in a good girls boarding secondary school. Her parents were so proud of her and they used all their savings to make sure that she was enrolled in the school, but luck was not on her side as their father, the only breadwinner was laid off from work. Syombua has two siblings already in day secondary schools and the challenge of paying school fees for the three children is now overwhelming to the father who has now turned to casual menial jobs to support the family. The future of Syombua seems bleak and she may not go back to school in the second term of the year. Though fate seems to rob her the opportunity to be in school, Syombua has always been determined to attain good education. For her, a good education is the only hope to secure a bright future.

    School Year 2018

  • Carolyne

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    Carolyne

    Kenya

    Carolyne is the third born child in a family of six. Two of her sisters have been sick since childhood they have never been enrolled in school due to their health conditions. Carolyne's father is a casual laborer while the mother stays at home to take care of the sick children. The medical treatment of the children has depleted all the family resources and they have to depend on the mercy of well-wishers. Carolyne has faced many challenges. Many times she slept hungry without food but was always looking forward to being in school as there was a free lunch served (thanks to the school feeding program supported by a charity organization). Carolyne was determined and worked hard and excelled. Carolyne wants to be a doctor in future to treat people whom suffering (just like her two sisters) and improve the health of the people in Kenya.

    School Year 2018

  • Mutisya

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    Mutisya

    Kenya

    Mutisya is the third born child in a family of four children. His parents are divorced. Mutisya's mother takes care of his siblings single handedly since the father remarried and stopped taking care of the family. In 2012 Mutisya was adopted by their church pastor who took care of him as he went through primary school in Mwaasua Primary School. Mutisya passed well his primary exam with 339 marks and has been admitted at Masii Boys secondary school. His mother works as a casual cleaner in Wamunyu and lives in a rented house, as they have no home of their own. The firstborn girl in the family completed form four but never got any meaningful job. She works as a house help to supplement her mother little income to support the family. The second born in the family is a girl who is a first year student at Maseno University while Kelvin their last-born is in class six at Wamunyu Primary School. With the big family burden on her shoulders, Mutisya's mother is unable to support her son to gain secondary education. Mutisya is a very bright and determined student and for him gaining a strong education is his only hope for a good future.

    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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