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. 30 have been fully funded so far.

  • Juliet

    75%

    Juliet

    Kenya

    She stays with her grandparents, who live in poverty.

    School Year 2021

  • Faith

    41%

    Faith

    Kenya

    Faith’s parents are unemployed and cannot support her. Therefore, she lives with her grandmother. She loves to read in her spare time and is one of few women who wants to join the police force. She has three brothers.

    School Year 2021

  • Kevin

    83%

    Kevin

    Kenya

    Kevin lives with his 5 siblings, two grandmothers, and unemployed parents. They are unable to provide for his education so he needs help pursuing his love of math and science. Someday, he hopes to become a doctor and help his family.

    School Year 2021

  • Stella

    41%

    Stella

    Kenya

    Stella’s father is deceased. She and and her three siblings currently live with their unemployed grandmother who cannot pay for their food and school fees. She loves all her classes and wants to be a judge one day.

    School Year 2021

  • Leornad

    50%

    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

  • Faith

    61%

    Faith

    Kenya

    Faith's parents are too poor to afford her education. She has three brothers and one grandmother. She loves playing football (soccer).

    School Year 2021

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