EVERY CHILD DESERVES A TOP QUALITY EDUCATION
Every child deserves a top quality education — yet in Kenya, the poorest and most vulnerable children are often denied this basic right. Primary schools often lack the equipment and infrastructure they need, pupils are placed in classes too large to learn effectively, and teachers are severely overworked. Meanwhile, children from the poorest families will often come to school too hungry to learn, or miss days altogether because they're out earning money to survive.
This means that — although primary school is fee-free — children often finish without the basic skills they need. In 2015, the average primary school pupil in Kenya achieved 180 / 500 marks in their final exams (KCPEs) — less than 40%. For children with special educational needs, the situation is even worse: an estimated 100,000 children with disabilities are out of school across Kenya.
tHE MAJORITY OF PUPILS IN KENYA FAIL PRIMARY SCHOOL
(KCPE results 2015)
43% OF PEOPLE IN KENYA LIVE IN EXTREME POVERTY
Meanwhile, when a child turns 14-years-old, they must pay to progress to secondary school — whether this is for school lunches, boarding fees, or for teacher salaries. For the poorest families, this is often unaffordable, and children will drop out.
EDUCATION IS ESSENTIAL TO END CHILD SUFFERING AND EXTREME POVERTY
Without education, a child is more vulnerable to abuse, sexual exploitation, child labour, homelessness, and drug or alcohol addiction.
100,000 CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES ARE OUT OF SCHOOL
IF EVERY GIRL FINISHED SCHOOL KENYA'S GDP WOULD GROW bY 46%
we love our kids — simple
Our kids deserve better than this.
We take a holistic approach to every child, providing support at each educational level to help the most vulnerable and impoverished kids get into school, achieve the best learning outcomes, and build their own dreams.
To do this, we work in close partnership with government nursery and primary schools to build vital facilities, provide free school lunches, and improve the standard of education — including for children with special educational needs. This helps our kids achieve the best possible exam results at age 14, qualifying for top quality secondary schools or vocational training colleges, at which point we pay the fees for those whose families would struggle to afford them. We support them through their teenage years, providing friendship, guidance and counselling to help them overcome any challenges faced.