The Uweza Sponsorship Program links sponsors to children in Kibera in order to provide academic scholarships for bright children in need of support. Primary and high school are not free in Kenya and the costs of education are often unaffordable for families in Kibera. As a result, many bright students, who are the key to the future of Kenya, are forced to miss days or weeks of school, drop out, or never attend at all.
What sponsorships include:
All sponsored students receive payment of school fees, school field trips, school uniforms, textbooks, some school supplies, termly life skills workshops, and mentorship and guidance from the Uweza staff.
How sponsorship recipients are selected:
Recipients are chosen on the basis of need and academic performance. Sponsored students are chosen from the community and from participants in our other programs who are doing well in school. Before admission into the program, Uweza staff conduct an interview with the student and his/her guardians, conduct a home visit, and review past academic performance.
Why education is so important and how sponsorship helps:
Although both primary and secondary education have been declared free by the Kenyan government, most public government-run schools in the Nairobi area still require students to pay school fees, purchase textbooks, and purchase school uniforms. Private schools are even more expensive than public schools and many “free” schools in Kibera lack the resources to provide a proper education.
1 million children in Kenya are not attending primary school, making it the country with the ninth highest number of primary school chidren out of school in the world. Kenya is one of only 14 countries in the world with over one million children out of school. (Source: UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2013/14)
As of 2007, only 70% of children of primary school age reached grade 4 and achieved minimum learning standard in reading. 40% of children completed primary school and achieved minimum learning standard in mathematics. This number drops to just 30% among poorest households. (Source: UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report Sub-Saharan Africa Fact Sheet, 2013/14)
Only 60% of high school aged children in Kenya are enrolled in high school. While the abolition of secondary school fees reduced the costs for households, indirect costs are still twelve to twenty times as much as the monthly income of some parents, leaving secondary school out of reach for the poorest households. (Source: UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012)
“The consequences of such low levels of education are grim for the young people… Many youth will be consigned to poorly paid, insecure and often risky work, and their countries will be deprived of the kind of skills that can drive economic growth.” (Source: UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012)
Become a sponsor:
Sponsors commit to monthly support and are matched with a Kibera student. As a sponsor, you will receive quarterly updates, which will include a letter, report card, and photo.
Please select a giving option below to sign up for sponsorship or to request more information. If you are unable to commit to monthly donations, please consider making a one-time donation to the sponsorship program through the link below. All sponsorship donations will be used to fund the education of students from Kibera.