Wema Children's Centre

Field Partner

Wema Children's Centre and Highway Academy are a private orphanage and school in Western Kenya in an area with some of the highest poverty and HIV/AIDS rates. Kenyans Teresa Wati and Stephen Juma formed Wema to give poor and orphaned children a home and a high quality education. Today at Wema, 510 children are provided with a loving home, three nutritious meals a day, and most importantly, an education at one of the highest performing primary and secondary schools in Kenya.

Location:
Bukembe Village, Bungoma, Kenya
Partner Type:
Community Based Organization, Private Primary & Secondary School
Population served:
Orphans and vulnerable children from the Village of Bukembe, a poor community of 10,0000 people in rural western Kenya. There are currently 510 students enrolled at Wema evenly split by gender.
Student selection criteria:
Wema does significant outreach into the local community to inform families that their children are eligible for full scholarships. The prospective students are required to take verbal and written tests and they and their families are interviewed at the school. At least 50% of accepted students are female.
Services provided:
Education, boarding, meals, textbooks, counseling (social, college, career), training (agricultural, computer), athletics, clubs and healthcare support.
TSF student promotion rate:
2018 - 100%
2017 - 100%
2016 - 100%
2015 - 100%
2014 - 100%

Wema Children's Centre is raising money for 68 students' school expenses. 9 have been fully funded so far.

  • Leornad

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    Leornad

    Kenya

    Leornad's father passed away and he does not know where his mother is. He stays with his unemployed grandmother. He does not have a grandfather. He has one brother and one sister.

    School Year 2021

  • Praxedes

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    Praxedes

    Kenya

    Praxedes' father is a casual laborer and her mom is a house wife. Praxedes has nine siblings. Two of them have been forced to drop out of school because they cannot afford the fees. The rest of her siblings remain in school but due to the large number and demands, her parents are not able to afford all the school fees. As a resut they are often prevent from coming to class and sometimes have had to repeat grades. Now that she has a scholarship Praxedes educational costs are paid for. By the time she leaves the school, she hopes to have achieved life skills and top grades to enable her become a doctor. "Through God's mercy, i got a chance to be admitted to Wema Children's centre. this will help me greatly in my education and also help my parents to focus on my other siblings and also home necessities." -Praxedes.

    School Year 2021

  • John

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    John

    Kenya

    John's father died in 2011. at the time of his death, his father had been diagnosed with throat cancer and also kidney failure. HIs mother is a sells vegetables and it is this small business that supports the family of 10. He has 1 brother,younger and 8 sisters, all older. The eldest sister is studying accounts at a nearby college while the second born is married and dropped out of high school. Three of his sisters are in high school where the fees are paid for by well wishers and relatives. his younger brother is still in primary school. He had problems paying small fees required in primary school for lunch and exams. Before he came to Wema, John had to walk long distances to and from school and rarely had two meals a day. He is glad to be in boarding school, he no longer has to walk to and from school and he is guaranteed of three meals a day. " i would like to thank Wema for giving me the opportunity of an education without challenges that pull me down" -John.

    School Year 2021

  • Lilian

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    Lilian

    Kenya

    Lilian's father works as a sugarcane cutter. Her older brother is in High School and his school fees are pair by her uncle. The rest of Lilian's siblings are in primary school where her parents struggle to raise the fees required at the school. In Primary school Lilian had attendance problems as she was regularly sent home because she couldn't afford the fees She also regularly ate only one or two meals per day. Now she does not need to worry about being sent home or missing meals. The only thing that is on her mind is working hard so she can achieve the grade required to study medicine and become a doctor. "Wema can uplift the lowly and give them fair education field to make them someday be able to help more of the disadvantaged." -Lilian.

    School Year 2021

  • Sheila

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    Sheila

    Kenya

    Sheila’s mother passed away when she was two years old so she stays with her unemployed father. She loves playing volleyball and wants to be a college professor someday.

    School Year 2021

  • Nelima

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    Nelima

    Kenya

    Nelma has a very large family who stay with different family members. Her mother is the primary breadwinner despite suffering from some form of untreated mental heath challange. Nelma is happy with the company she has at Wema but sometimes is sad thinking about the challanges her family faces. She wishes to study law. When she becomes a lawyer she hopes to relieve her mother of the burden she undergoes holding her family together and perhaps take her to the hospital. "I thank Wema for giving me the chance to study hard and help my family out of the financial problems we experience." -Sarah Nelima.

    School Year 2021

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