Not many of our supporters know that the total cost of supporting a student is approximately double what the sponsor contributes. Sponsors’ contributions cover the education component of a student’s program expenses including tuition, school supplies, uniform, and shoes. However, students also receive two meals a day (more if the family is particularly needy),healthcare, caseworker support, access to a computer lab and library, sexual and reproductive health and life skills program, camp, and more. To enable all our supplemental programs, we must raise additional funds each year, including through appeals.
In Kenya, secondary school is commonly a boarding format even in 2020. Teenagers in the U.S. typically live at home until high school graduation; this might appear unusual to us. For these students and their families, it is a huge benefit. At boarding school, the staff cares for and feeds the students, provides them with their own beds. This enables them to focus on their studies instead of worrying about life in the slums.
In February 2020, we had an appeal to our sponsors and donors to help raise funds to purchase and fill school trunks for our secondary boarding students. Throughout the year, trunks are filled with things like shoe polish, feminine products, laundry soap, towels, and bedding. With your help, we were able to meet our goal of $10,000 to provide these items to students. Now, they will be able to focus on school knowing that their needs have been met.