High School Sponsorships
Education or vocational training is the key for these children to becoming independent, but high school is difficult to get into and very expensive in Kenya. An 8th grader must pass a rigorous examination to be accepted into a high school. Often a student repeats 8th grade to get a score good enough for entrance.
High School in Kenya
Built on the British educational system, most high schools in Kenya are boarding schools. Schools differ in quality, but they all charge about the same amount. Consequently, students work extremely hard in elementary school to qualify for one of the better high schools. There are also day schools, which students with lower scores can enter, and there are polytechnic high schools for students who are not strong in academics but can learn the basics of a trade. The USFW Orphan Project encourages all students to work their very hardest to achieve the best they can and then places them into the post-elementary school situation they deem best for that child.
When the Kakamega Orphan Project began in 2003, there were only two young people receiving support for high school. It has grown greatly over the years, so that in 2011 there were 58 students going to high school through the Program.
Being able to go to high school fulfills a dream for each of these children and gives them great hope and motivation. Very few orphans ever get a chance for high school. For these children who started without a pair of shoes and enough to eat, having the opportunity to go to high school is a reason to believe in miracles.
Costs of High School
The cost of high school is about $1000 a year. This includes tuition, room and board, many extra fees (such as exam fees and lab fees, field trips, etc.), yearly uniform and shoes, gym uniform, books, composition books, and transportation and personal items. Students even have to provide for their own mattress, blanket,
wash basin, foot locker, etc. It is quite an ordeal to go off to high school! The costs vary from school to school, but this is the average when all costs are included.
Many sponsors wish to follow their child from elementary school into high school. Some sponsors decide to do the full $1000. Others do half or a portion of the full amount. Friends of Kakamega puts sponsors together to meet the full costs of high school. If children have partial sponsorships, Friends of Kakamega will find the rest so that the children can proceed with their education.
Explore the links below to learn more about the Orphan Project of Kakamega.