This spring we made an appeal to our sponsors and donors for help raising funds to purchase and fill school trunks for our secondary boarding students. In Kenya, it is common for secondary students to go away to live at school. This might appear strange to those of us in the U.S. accustomed to teenagers residing at home until they complete high school. For these students and their families, it offers a significant advantage.
At school, the teachers care for and feed the students, provide them with their own beds, and enable them to focus on their studies instead of worrying about life in the slums.
Each year we equip our secondary students with trunks filled with everything they need for the term. The students receive refills of these items each term when they come home to visit their families. They stop by the office to meet with their caseworkers. The trunks are filled with a restricted list of the necessities of life such as shampoo and body wash, laundry supplies to hand wash clothing, toilet paper, feminine products, toothbrush and toothpaste, body moisturizer, pens, and other school supplies. All students are required to bring the listed supplies and nothing else. No cell phone, no extra clothing – nothing that would separate one child from another. In this way, all the children are equal as far as life at school is concerned.
Sponsorship payments only cover about half of our costs each year. The rest comes from our Annual Appeal in the fall, individual donations, grants, and fundraising efforts throughout the year. This year, we hoped that giving our donors the opportunity to help us pay for the trunks and supplies to fill them for our boarding school students would give some insight into these efforts. And it was a success! Our goal was to raise $10,000 for this expense this year. With your generosity, we were able to raise just over $11,100. (Extra donations support student expenses: Saturday Program lunch, holiday food packets, and more. Your contribution empowers education and well-being.)
Thank you for helping us make the first annual Spring Appeal a success! Your contributions greatly influence our annual fundraising, leading to a major positive effect on numerous students in our program.