Sponsor a Kenyan Maasai child through primary education
Comments from sponsors who support a child in Kenya: “Thanks for the letter from Gabriel. It’s all so very humbling.”
“My children (aged 16 and 13) really are learning so much about the Maasai culture through our association with the charity. It has encouraged them to seek out more information on Kenya and to really think about the issues of social inequality. In a way, you are helping to educate them and all the other families who sponsor children to attend the school, which is really quite something.”
Child sponsorship case study 1
Dadio Mpaira and his brother Titan are both orphans. After their parents died their elderly grandmother looked after them although she was unable to work and relied on the generosity of the community for food. Until the charity became involved, Dadio and Titan did not go to school as there was no money for school-fees. Now they both have sponsors and they attend school. Unfortunately, the grandmother has since died. Dadio and Titan now live with two new families next to each other. (This is the typical Kenya Maasai way. Children are looked after by family or friends if their parents die). Sponsors continue to pay for their school fees.
Case study 2
In a letter to her sponsor Hellen writes about her mother, Simaron: “She was forced into marriage aged 14. There is very little that is good (in her life) – only to be a mother. She cannot own any property, cannot get employed, is not educated. She does a lot of work e.g. fetching water, fetching firewood. She takes care of me by providing food, shelter, security and clothing” Simaron wants a different life for her four daughters but with two daughters in secondary school she was struggling to raise enough for Hellen to attend school regularly. Two and a half years ago we found a sponsor for Hellen. Here is an extract from Hellen’s letter, written whilst at primary school: “Thank you my sponsor for paying school fees for me. I am now in school all the time and the teacher does not send me home like before. I hope to work extra hard. May God bless you.” Hellen told us proudly she was top of her class after being sponsored. Recently the sponsor continued sponsoring Hellen through secondary school. Her mother tells us proudly that she is second in her school year.
In this area of Kenya, everyone is very poor, so we have to be careful that we chose the very poor over the poor. Children are selected on a needs basis. Orphans or children from a single mother are automatically considered and next, children from parents where neither have a job. Most of the sponsored children attend the Osiligi Obaya school (the school built by the Charity) but some attend other schools. Currently, 4 of our sponsors have continued to support their sponsored child at secondary schools.
Sponsorship is £16 per month, which covers school fees, books, a mid day school meal for the child and a milky tea. The child’s family pays all other expenses such as uniform, although the charity will cover these in cases of extreme hardship. We also ask the child’s family to pay £2 per month to the school as their contribution to the school’s running cost. Again, this is omitted in the case of extreme hardship.
The children make regular contact by writing or drawing pictures. In Kenya, all school teaching is in English so the letters are in English from about age 8 and they give an interesting insight into the Maasai culture and lifestyle. The younger children keep in contact through drawing and school work. The new school has email, so the older children will use this for contact. We take photos or videos each time we visit (every 3 months or so), meet the headteacher and inform sponsors on attendance and progress.
How is the sponsorship money used?
100% is used to support the children by paying their school fees. Nothing is deducted for any UK expenses (unlike most other charities) as we are a 100% charity. At school, the children receive a mid morning snack and lunch. For many of the poorer children, this is the only solid food they will receive during the day. During the school holidays and at weekends, they will only have milk from their family’s cattle. Some sponsors are eligible for gift aid and any surplus received from this is used for providing uniform for the poorest children and improving the school to provide a better education for all.
New sponsors required
Each January, 25 new children start at the school. These children would not attend school without sponsorship. If you would like to becoming a sponsor, please contact email@example.com who will provide further details. We now have enough sponsors for the 2014 intake, but we are making a list already for potential sponsors for 2015. Sponsoring a Kenyan child really does make a difference to their lives. See the facebook page for the latest pictures of the new school and comments from other sponsors.
Have a question? Perhaps our frequently asked questions page can help.
These are some of last year’s sponsor children.