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Assisting Students and Families as they Rise out of Poverty

OUR IMPACT

SMALL ORGANIZATION – BIG IMPACT

WE CURRENTLY SUPPORT

370 families,
including
over 1000 children and youth.

OUR STUDENTS

outperform their peers
and achieve admission to university
at nearly two times the national average.

BASIC NEEDS AT HOME

In the past three years,
we’ve provided nearly 400 solar lights
and over 200 water tanks to families.

TREES

In the past two years,
we’ve helped families plant over 10,000 trees including more than 2,000 fruit trees.

WE ARE PROVIDING

238 high school scholarships,
159 college, university
and vocational scholarships.

LIVELIHOODS

We’ve assisted
family guardians launch
over 200 small business ventures.

FAMILY FARMING

Most families we support
have doubled their farm yields
and tripled the number of crops grown.

HEALTHY HOMES

Since 2019, we’ve provided over 75 families
with the materials they needed to replace leaky roofs and build hygienic pit latrines.

FAMILY CARE SUCCESS STORIES

As we shifted full-throttle into our Family Care model in 2019, we quickly saw evidence that our new approach can really work.
By supporting entire families holistically, not just one student, we’re now able to do so much more with only a small increase of investment.

GLADYS’S FAMILY SUCCESS STORY

Gladys and her six children have one year left in our Family Care program. Two of Gladys’s older children are under scholarship through our program, in high school and vocational school, and they’ll graduate before the end of next year. Meanwhile, Gladys is able to pay for her other children’s schooling and should be able to continue doing so as they grow up. She now runs a village shop that brings in good income, and she also earns commissions as an M-Pesa agent. The future looks bright for Gladys’s family.

Gladys looking out from within her store.

KAYS’S SUCCESS STORY

Kays completed a culinary training program with support from our Education Fund and now he’s employed as a chef with a Catholic parish. When he received his first monthly salary, he immediately sent half of it home to help his younger siblings.

Kays in his uniform outside of his place of employment.

PROTUS’S FAMILY SUCCESS STORY

Elphas and Charles lost their mother three years ago, and their dad Protus moved back home from Nairobi to take care of them. Unfortunately, he had to leave his job to do so and the family soon faced challenges they had never imagined. Through Family Care support, Protus is now reaping big from his farm and he’s transformed the homestead. His children are now attending school well and eat three meals a day.

Protus and his two sons.

CONSOLATA’S SUCCESS STORY

Consolata has always worked tirelessly to achieve her dreams. She’s been under our sponsorship since primary school when our programs looked very different. We continued supporting her through university with the help of our Education Fund. Today, she is a medical graduate who will soon be practicing as a fully licensed Clinical Officer, akin to a Physician’s Assistant in the US.

One of Consolata’s photos taken on her graduation day.

ROSE’S FAMILY SUCCESS STORY

A few years ago Rose, a mother of three who also cares for two grandchildren, was hit by a motorcycle and lost the ability to walk. Our Family Care program helped her with the cost of treatment and supported her with a scholarship to attend a vocational course in tailoring. Today she can walk fairly well, and she is earning well from making dresses and other clothing for her customers.

Rose harvests a stem of bananas from her farm.

COLLINS’S FAMILY SUCCESS STORY

Collins was once sponsored individually, but through our Family Care approach we’ve now been able to assist not just him, but his entire family of seven people. The family now has several sources of income and all the children are progressing well in school while enjoying a better life at home.

The family’s mother, Flora, discussing her brick business with
Administrator Ida (left) and social worker Godfrey (center).

NAOMI’S FAMILY SUCCESS STORY

Originally we only sponsored the youngest girl from this family, a sixth grader named Sareen. But after shifting to Family Care we are now assisting the whole family as they rise out of poverty. It’s a success story because the family now has several income-generating ventures to support themselves. They have also dug a water well and they’re part-way through building a new latrine. Perhaps most importantly, they now have a strong and realistic belief that all the children will get the education they deserve and be able to create the kinds of adult lives they wish to lead.

Mother Naomi at her shop, showing off her fastest-moving goods: tomatoes and dried omena (a sardine-like fish from Lake Victoria)
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