Scholarships

Extreme inequality and poverty are common in East Africa, especially among children. Lack of education will continue and deepen these miserable conditions. We wish to make a contribution so that these disadvantaged children have equal opportunities for a richer personal development.

In Kenya, we support therefore children, in particular girls, with scholarships of about 300 Euro per year to open up for them access to Secondary Schools and to enable them to eventually graduate from these schools. The scholarships serve to finance school fees, school uniforms, learning material and accommodation costs of boarding schools. The children are selected in cooperation with ChildFund Kenya, the local schools and communities according to the following criteria: need (e.g. orphans or vulnerable children of single mothers) and the prospective ability to finish the school with success. Currently, we yearly support about 30 children by this way in the areas Mutonga (near Mount Kenya) and Kendu Bay (in the region Nyanza, Lake Victoria). The supported children also receive regularly teaching in sexual and reproductive health, and girls are equipped with sanitary kits to ensure continuous school visit.

Since the start of the project 34 children have successfully finished secondary school; 5 of these children started their studies at the university or received a vocational diploma at a college. We intend to expand the range of this support, possibly also in form of scholarships for vocational training or university education after the children have graduated from secondary school.

In Tanzania-Zanzibar we support a community in establishing and sustaining a learning centre for children and adults (Jambiani Community Academy). Apart from adult training (in particular computing abilities) the academy’s main aim is to help disadvantaged children in their preparation for national examinations in Form 2 (lower secondary level) or Form 4 (upper secondary level) or to give them the opportunity to repeat a failed examination. A three-year pilot project (NGAO) helps 25 children who failed their national examination to lift up to a level of Form 4.