An education gives me a future I would not otherwise have.
Education is a powerful tool for our children as they develop into impactful citizens and leaders, ready to change their communities. Education in Kenya is a privilege as most children in the local villages will never have the opportunity to go to school.
Just as parents push their children to take full advantage of their education, our staff push our kids to learn everything they can. Each home has a tutor, who comes alongside students to aid with their homework, help them understand a difficult topic and help prepare for exams.
Our kids begin their education in nursery school at the age of 3 or 4 and continue through primary school up to 8th grade. By the time they are in 3rd grade, most our children will be trilingual! They will know their tribal language, Swahili, and English.
Each fall, our 8th grade students take placement exams to endeavor for the opportunity to continue their education. In Kenya, you have to score at certain levels to be eligible to attend secondary school (what we would refer to as High School).
As with the US, education expenses for our children are increasing each year. The amount contributed by child sponsors provides for a child’s education through 8th grade. If a child places into secondary school, college or University, this funding comes from our education fund. Without sufficient funds, we can’t make this dream a reality for our students.
How does the educational system work in Kenya?
School begins in January, and finishes in late November. Students have breaks in April, August and December
- Includes nursery through 8th grade
- Children are not mandated to attend
- Considered to be free education in Kenya, however students are required to provide a school uniform, textbooks and supplies to attend. Average cost $100 per year
- Students test in to qualify
- 9th through 12th Grade
- Average cost: $700 per year
- Most Secondary Schools are boarding schools
- Students test in to qualify
- Average cost: $2,000 per year
- Students earn a diploma in 2 years or a degree in 4 years
- An option for students who do not quality for Secondary School or College
- Average cost: $1,000 per year
- 1-2 year certificate program in a trade skill such as mechanics, tailoring, or computers
You can give the gift of education today!
Victor: I was six years old when I found Kaptagat Children’s Home while looking for food. I was hungry and tired of being beaten by my aunt. I do not know why my dad drinks so much or why my mom disappeared one day. School was the last thing on my mind. I wondered what children did in school. They must be certain they will live tomorrow if they do not need to search for food today.
Patrick: Mukaa Children’s Home became my home when I was in Class 3. I had enjoyed school when I was able to go but since both of my parents passed away it was so hard to get there. My aunt could not afford school fees for me and all of my siblings. After finishing my basic education, I was excited to join a trade school to study welding. When I finished my certificate, my sponsor purchased a welding machine for me so that I could start my own business! I know that I will be able to support myself now and maybe one day I will be able to hire others to work for me so they can support themselves too.
Michael: Both of my parents were killed suddenly in a car accident when I was 8 years old. It shook my world. My relatives could not provide the care for me that my parents had. I miss them! I went to live at an AIC children’s home soon afterward and they helped me finish my education. I studied to be an accountant and now am employed as a Regional Accountant for Chariots for Hope!