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December 2013

Help Selestine Finish High School

Selestine recently completed her sophomore year at the Starehe Girls School in Nairobi Kenya with support from a sponsor who is no longer able to provide school fees. We need to raise $1,000 by January 31 so Selestine can continue her education. 

Selestine, 16, is from the Western Province of Kenya. She is the seventh born of eight children. Her father passed away in 2005 and her mother struggles to provide for their large family. The little amount of food they raise from their half acre piece of land is only enough for daily consumption. 

Selestine was able to complete her primary education because of the free primary education policy started in 2003 in Kenya. But her elder siblings did not get a chance to go to school. 

High school is not free in Kenya, and Selestine was only able to go to high school with the support of a sponsor who Is no longer able to support her. But, with your support, Selestine can continue her education and break the cycle of poverty for herself and her family. 

Selestine is a bright, engaged teenager and outside of the classroom, Selestine loves music and plays the euphonium and the trumpet and is a member of the Starehe Girls School Choir. 

She dreams of becoming an engineer and helping her family. "I would like to better the conditions of my home and my siblings. That is why I want to work hard and do my best."

Let's make her dreams come true.

How can you help?

  1. LEARN MORE about Selestine on our Causes page. 
  2. DONATE NOW - the minimum donation is only $10 and 100% goes toward helping Selestine complete her educational journey.
  3. SPREAD THE WORD: Tell your friends about Selestine.

Consider making a difference in her life today. Thanks!


Life -- A Poem by Getrude Anyango

Getrude Anyango finished high school at the Vanessa Grant Girls School in Kenya in December 2013. In a recent letter to her sponsors,  she composed a poem entitled "Life" that she has graciously allowed us to publish on our blog. We hope you enjoy it.

Life
Life is like an onion
We peel it a layer at a time
And sometimes we cry
It can also be like a banana
Peel it bite and taste the sweetness
And ooh! The smoothness
It can also be like a pineapple
Sometimes sweet sometimes sour
The luck lies in your hands
Oh! It can be like ice cream
Different tastes different flavors
Your choice to make
It can also be like a cup of tea
Just take a sip
And you will feel the latent warmth
Very often it’s like a buffet
With all the varieties
The choice is yours
But never make life like a typhoon
All the turmoil, all the confusion
Clogging and flogging in your mind
Walk placidly amid the haste
And remember what peace there is
In loving and sharing
For life is what you make it


AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.

Are you shopping at Amazon this holiday season?

Starting this week, any Amazon customer can select the charity of his or her choosing -- including Education For All Children -- and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5 percent of the customer’s purchases to a worthy cause. The program is called “AmazonSmile,” and is an painless way to increase your seasonal charity.

The process is easy. Visit smile.amazon.com and select the charity of your choice (e.g., enter Education For All Children in the search box and select Education For All Children, Rye, NH Founded 2008) and then proceed with your purchases.

Half a percent per item may not sound like much, but multiplied by many people across the country, it will make a difference to many charities this holiday season.

Thank you Amazon!

November 2013

Give the gift of education on #GivingTuesday

According to the UN, education is the best weapon we have to eradicate poverty and hunger and promote economic growth in developing countries. But two thirds of African children are effectively locked out of high school because they cannot afford to go. 

We can change that, one student at a time. 

That is why EFAC is pleased to participate in the #GivingTuesday campaign – a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday launch the holiday retail season, #GivingTuesday launches the "giving” season. 

Starting December 3rd we invite you to visit our webpage and give the gift of education this holiday season.

We welcome all levels of giving, whether a one-time gift or a donation in honor of someone special to you. 

  • $50 will provide uniforms and books for a student for a year
  • $100 will provide five weeks of education and mentoring
  • $250 will provide a term of education and mentoring
  • $1000 will provide a year of education and mentoring

To acknowledge your contribution in honor of a friend or colleague, we will send your recipient a personalized EFAC note card. 

And, for donations of $100 or more we will include a beautiful hand beaded Maasai bracelet or a Fair Trade Maasai scarf. For delivery of gift offer by Christmas, please send us your order by Wednesday, December 18.

Donate by mail >

Donate on the web >


Meeting Pamela Mbogo

Written by Blair Demers on a visit to Kenya with her husband and three children: 

For the past five years, our family has teamed up with several friends back home to sponsor the education of a Kenyan high school student named Pamela Mbogo through a program called Education for all Children (EFAC).  Founded in 2008 by Nancy and Rod Van Sciver in Rye, New Hampshire, EFAC is already helping over two hundred Kenyan girls and boys receive a quality high school education and a chance for a better life.  Pamela graduated at the top of her class last year, and Blair has been “mentoring” her via regular email conversations throughout the mandatory 10–month time gap between high school and university.  Together with our Portsmouth friends, we now continue to sponsor Pamela as a first-year university student.  She scored in the top 3% of all Kenyan high school graduates on her entrance exam, earning a coveted spot and government scholarship to the program of her choice (combination of engineering, computer technology, and mechanics) at a university in Nairobi. 

For years now, Pamela has been a far-away student whom we hoped we were helping, but with whom we had very little contact or personal connection.  For Pamela, our family and her additional sponsors felt just as vague and distant, if not more so.  I’m sure you can all imagine the excitement and joy we felt upon meeting one another during our time in Nairobi!  

Pamela spent an afternoon with us in between her classes and school commitments.  Over tea and cookies, we learned about her life as a college student, about her family, her aspirations, the challenges she faces at this time.  We showed her photos of our family and friends at home, and even taught her how to make guacamole from the avocados on the trees at our house (she loved it!).  The girls showed her how to color with their markers and mandala coloring book, and they swapped drawings with her before she left.  They also taught her how to play 4-square on the deck, which she picked up quickly and seemed to love. 

It was a wonderful visit that we will never forget, and we could truly see in person the difference that EFAC is making in the lives of so many bright high school students like Pamela. We continue to email with Pamela every week and look forward to following her progress as a student and watching her bright future unfold.

October 2013

A Word of Gratitude

This is a letter of gratitude from Carolyn N., our second University graduate, who graduated from Africa Nazarene University on October 25, 2013. She finished in the top five of her class with a degree in IT:

A Word of Gratitude

I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate everyone who has walked with me this far. I would like to thank EFAC founders Nancy and Rod, Sheila who has been on toes making sure all the information is collected and in order, all the board members in the US, all sponsors, Kenya board members (Prof. Leah  Marangu- Vice chancellor ANU, Beth Wokabi- country coordinator, John Opiyo- Treasurer, Mary Kiguru- Secretary and all other board  members) and  all other people who have impacted my life.

My sincere thanks to my sponsors Jon, Oneta, Doug and Jen who has seen me through the four years in college, if it were not for you I would not be smiling at the moment, I think I would be some where in the village as a house wife without hope but you instilled hope in me and I believe I am going to make a difference and make some one else smile one day.

As I will be walking down the aisle on Friday 25th October during my graduation I know I owe you all a lot and I can’t imagine have come this far, I know I cannot   be able to repay your kindness but I am sure of one thing, that I will make a difference in someone else life as you did to me.

As I was I second year I started a project to mentor other young girls and boys in my village and this has bore fruits, last year 2 boys joined university and this year 1 boy and 1 girl managed to join university and my concern now is to pull them to join hands with me and mentor and make a difference. On Saturday I will be joining them both primary and high school kids from my former primary school to give thanks and I will officially launch the mentoring program project to reach out to as many kids as possible. 

A special thank you to all sponsors- I am sure everyone would write a thousand paged novel to explain how you  have impacted their lives, you are making a difference and only God will be able to reward you  and I encourage you  that continue with the same spirit and  sooner or later you will see the fruits. You are all successful in life already because success is not measured by how much belongings you owe but by the number of lives you touch and make a difference and the evidence is here, you have made a difference in our lives. God bless you all!!!!!


“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world is and remains immortal.”  Albert Pine


2013 KCSE Exams Start Tomorrow

Good luck to all Form 4 students in Kenya who will begin the 20-day KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations tomorrow at 8am. Over 400,000 Kenyan students will take this comprehensive exam, the results of which will largely determine a student's post-secondary educational opportunities.

To support the 47 EFAC students who will be sitting for this exam, a team of mentors from ANU as well as a few recent graduates recently visited all of our partner schools to meet with the Form 4 students and sent these photos from Rongai Boys School and Vanessa Grant Girls School.

Thanks to all our mentors and sponsors for their support of these wonderful students.

September 2013

Yiamoi and the Phillips Exeter Summer School Interview

Here is a wonderful interview by Nancy Van Sciver of Yiamoi Branice Karia, EFAC class of 2013. Yiamoi was awarded a full scholarship to the Phillips Exeter Summer School and was accepted into the Charles Hamm Leadership Program this past summer.  

Philip Exeter Academy, located in Exeter, New Hampshire, opens their campus every summer to more than 780 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields. These students come from more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and 45 foreign nations.

Yiamoi has recently started a four-year medical degree at Maseno University, one of seven public universities in Kenya. 

"It was a long journey, meeting every student from all over the country, that was 48 countries and 46 states in the US of America, meeting with them, interacting with them, the diversity of culture which was blended into one family, sharing ideas and being exposed to the new world was such a wonderful experience for me. It has molded me, molded my views and I can see myself looking at things at a different point of view. And as I plan to go back to my country, not only go and sit back on what I've acquired, I'm looking forward to use my leadership skills that I've acquired, to the community and to assure that I've made something out of what I've acquired." - Yiamoi

Another Lemonade Stand for Lucy

Molly is a 10-year old girl whose family is sponsoring Lucy, an EFAC student from Bahati Girls School in Form 2.

She wrote a blog last year explaining her lemonade stand idea http://blog.educationforallchildren.org/2012_09_01_archive.html

From Molly:

a new lemonade stand fundraiser for Lucy's second year.

a new lemonade stand fundraiser for Lucy's second year.

On September 13th a few of my friends helped my brother and me run a Lemonade and Cookie stand to raise money for Lucy, the student my family helps to sponsor. It was so much fun and we raised so much money! I liked when people asked me who Lucy is and I got to tell them all about her and the EFAC program. They were so impressed that we were doing this and it made me feel really good.  I can’t believe how much money we raised for Lucy.  I also can’t believe how many of my friends wanted to come help me so we can send Lucy to school.  It feels so good to help her continue school because I am a big supporter of girl’s rights…because, of course, I am a girl and girls are awesome!

A BIG thank you to Molly and her friends for their efforts in helping Lucy continue her education and provide a brighter future for not only her, but those around her!


Student Tribute to the Mentor Workshop

By Joseph W. -- St. Mary's Boys School, Form 3

They call it luck, others call it life, but I call joining EFAC a golden opportunity. It is a rare chance -- a precious chance to join the EFAC family. To crown it all we have the annual Mentor Workshop. We get to meet once a year to interact with all the EFAC scholars. How amazing is this!

At the Mentor Workshop we cultivate our brotherhood and sisterhood which keeps us united and strong. There is an amazing bond among EFAC scholars that keeps us going. Each scholar becomes the keeper of the other no matter what our family backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds or schools.

At the Mentor Workshop we get to meet amazing people. There are teachers, professors, pastors and counselors who enrich our lives. What's more we get to learn new things each day for 'education' is a process. The workshop is a unique class to us, born out of minds of people in the EFAC boardroom.

We get to know and go places we never thought of. We get to go to different venues where each time we experience something new. This gives us exposure to the world and to people, and we thank the organizers for their brilliance and intelligence. They come up with new ideas each year and they need to be patted on the back.

In addition some of us meet our sponsors who work to support us in our studies and it is really amazing. We share our experiences and get a chance to personally thank them for their continued support. The EFAC Mentor Workshop unites and binds all scholars together and we all continue to grow. Kudos to the organizers! 

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Joseph W. is an EFAC student at St. Mary's High School. He enjoys writing and recently won a writing contest at his school. He participates in the journalism club in his school and with encouragement from his peers, he wants to continue writing and pursue journalism. 


2013 EFAC Mentor Workshop

"I hereby pass regards on behalf of all the EFAC students to all the Sponsors and Board members (both Kenya and abroad)  and each and every one who made an effort to make the 2013 workshop a success and take a minute to pass a word of gratitude because without all the efforts joined together this would not have been a success, please accept an humble acknowledgement of thanks giving." Carol Ngetich, EFAC University Graduate

Professor Marangu Gives Opening Remarks

Professor Marangu Gives Opening Remarks

The highlight of our secondary mentoring program is the annual Mentor Workshop, organized and developed by the Africa Nazarene University (ANU) staff, and it was held from August 28 through September 2 this year. 

Over 160 EFAC secondary students from 8 different schools came together to share experiences, inspire each other and meet with their university mentors at ANU. During the workshop, the students attended presentations on leadership, career exploration, reproductive
health, and sponsor letter writing. 

EFAC Graduates Help Run Student Registration

EFAC Graduates Help Run Student Registration

The workshop is also a time to reinforce the EFAC commitment to values and giving back to community. During the workshop this year, several students worked with the ANU environmental club to help plant trees around the campus, and we were so pleased that six recent EFAC graduates were able to attend the workshop this year in their new role as mentors to the secondary students.  

Thanks to Mr. Mbugua from the ANU Mass Communication Department as well as Modics Ayiero a student at ANU for the photographs. View more photos>
 

Caroline plants a tree at ANU

Caroline plants a tree at ANU

At the end of the day, there was time for fun

At the end of the day, there was time for fun

August 2013

News from EFAC Graduate Joyce W

Cleaning at Kijabe Mission Hospital

Cleaning at Kijabe Mission Hospital

I am excited to let you know that I will be joining University soon. According to the Kenyan Joint Admission Board, I have been selected to take a Bachelor of Science at a University in Nairobi.

I am finishing the 9-month Global Give Back Circle course (GGBC) at Starehe Girls School on August 29th. During the GGBC course, I have taken all the accounting exams and I have one remaining IT paper. It has been a tough journey and a long one.

The past 7 months while still with GGBC, I have been doing voluntary service. At Kijabe Mission Hospital I have done cleaning, feeding patients, dusting, arranging wards, and planting trees. And at Kiambu Primary School, I have worked in the Feeding Program. Kiambu Primary School is a public school with vulnerable Children in the society. Either they are orphans and live in streets home or they live with the grandparents who can hardly provide three meals for them. We have visited some of their homes with help of the Kenya Red Cross Kiambu.

I am so grateful for what EFAChas done to me. I have grown to be whom I am due to the devotion and kindness from all the blessed hearts of its supporters and well wishers. To all the founder members there is no precious heart of kindness than what I have found in you. If the whole world wasmade up of people like you, the world would be a best and beautiful place. We cant repay you for the much you have done for us but deep in our hearts we are truly grateful.

Preparing food at Kiambu Primary School

Preparing food at Kiambu Primary School

 

 

 

July 2013

New Video: Help Us Share Our Story

We're excited to launch EFAC's new promotional video produced by Atlantic Media Productions in Portsmouth, NH. 

The video chronicles five years of success. Highlights of the video include EFAC mentors, board members and the voices of our first graduates who express their new ability to dream big and accomplish what they never even knew existed. 

Please celebrate with us the successes made possible by the sponsors and volunteers of the EFAC community. View our video here:

Please share this video with friends and family and spread the EFAC story. Currently we support 215 students. Help increase that number by sharing our successes.

Warmest regards,

EFAC Board

June 2013

Update from A Recent EFAC Graduate

Evans at the VG School for Children with Special Needs

Evans at the VG School for Children with Special Needs

For his community service project, Evans worked at the Vanessa Grant School for Children with Special Needs and the Vanessa Grant Vocational School. When we visited the school with him, the students at the school crowded around Evans, and it was clear that they loved being with him. Naomi, the head teacher, gave us a tour of the facilities and proudly pointed out all the work that Evans had done in the gardens as well. The EFAC community service requirement was from January through March, but Evans has enjoyed his work so much he decided to extend his commitment at the Vanessa Grant School until he goes to University. Here is a recent update from him:

Evans in the VG School gardens

Evans in the VG School gardens

Jambo! That’s our Kiswahili greetings! It has been a great time for us because the rains have begun. There have been a heavy down pour and now I'm very busy. I had prepared some nursery beds for spinach at the Vanessa Grant Vocational School, and they have come out nicely. Now I have transplanted them into the greenhouse I prepared during my community service project. The plants are now 2 days old and they are growing healthy.

Thank you to Nancy, Rod and EFAC for coming up with the Community Service Programme. It has equipped me with the BEST survival that I do not think I would have gotten elsewhere in this planet earth. I have really loved this programme.


Post Secondary Mentoring Update

The mentoring program is off to a good start based on our first quarterly updates. Many of the mentors and students seem to be finding a genuine and meaningful connection.

Many of the students taught in primary and secondary school during their community service period .They talked about their self-confidence and their pride in sharing what they had learned with their community. One student said,” we were looked down on because we are so poor but now the children listen and call me teacher-teacher.” Several are considering education as a career. All took their community service obligation to heart and worked hard in hospitals, clinics, schools and various other venues during their three month break.

I have been surprised how much of their communication is via email and Facebook as opposed to text. What I learned is that their email and Facebook posts appear on their phone, like a text message. Therefore email and Facebook have replaced text as their platform of choice. The added benefit is that email communication with the states is cheaper than text.

Sending a message to you costs something. Some of our kids have no money and therefore are hesitant to write back. We hope to solve this in the future by giving those who need it a communication allowance. But they see your message for free and love that you are sending it to them.

Most of the graduates are on Facebook which is a great way to communicate. You can send private email to their page which is better than posting to their wall which everyone sees. You also get to see who their friends are and what they are talking about. You can even add a comment or two to their discussion. Try doing that with our US teenagers!

If you do communicate on Facebook, you will see most of their conversation between each other is in a language called Sheng, a combination of English and Swahili that actually started in Kenya and has spread across Africa. They will use English with you.

Thank you all for the love and caring you put into the mentoring program. These kids really appreciate their connection with you.

Rod 


Worth, Thanks and Appreciation

At the farewell dinner of the Career & Computer Course for our first class of EFAC graduates, Joshua, Gibson, Emmanuel, and Francis presented a poem of thanks to EFAC and their sponsors and mentors. Their words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to all who have made their educations possible. 

Worth, Thanks, and Appreciation
Have come a long way,
Have passed through all it means,
Had fun together in joy and pleasure,
People of different ways yet compatible.

As brothers and sisters we have trekked together,
In harmony, kindness and hospitality,
With one common goal in mind,
We were born to shine not to die insignificantly.

First of all we would avoid,
To thank Rod and Nancy,
The father-mother of EFAC.
Thanks to you. You are worth it.

Maybe our appreciation counts nothing,
What you have done we will never be able to pay.
But in us you have struck a heart,
A heart of giving, a heart of appreciation.

Our sponsors, people who have hearts of love
People who never knew us in any way.
Not by distant relationship, not by blood,
Yet they invested in us in sacrifice and toil.

Thanks to you all, accept our words,
We promise we will hold on the same,
We will fight to change as many lives,
Before we die, we will have something for joy.

Together as one we will fight not with guns,
Not with arms or crude tools,
We will fight with heart and soul,
Suffering will be no more coz we were born to prosper.

Thanks our mentors you are great,
You taught us to survive and surely we have,
Thanks all, thanks everyone,
And forever EFAC will remain our sacred home.

Presented by:
Joshua Angwenyi, Francis Mbugua, Gibson Kigen and Emmanuel Orangi

May 2013

Founders Attend First Annual Career & Computer Course for EFAC Graduates

Nancy, Rod and Sheila recently returned from a wonderful and exhausting 2-week trip to Kenya to attend a few days of the Career and Computer Course for the first class of EFAC graduates, visit the EFAC partner schools and meet all the new EFAC students. 

All 45 members of the EFAC University Class of 2013 attended the 2-week Career and Computer Course at Africa Nazarene University where they attended workshops and presentations on career planning, reproductive  health, basic computer skills, personal budgeting, and more. 

"I wish words could describe the love and sharing at the recent Career and Computer course at ANU. Forty-five graduating EFAC students coming together with a shared sense of anticipation and empowerment. With it, of course, a sense of loss knowing they will never again all be together in one room. But at the same time, a sense of excitement as they begin the process of figuring out what they will now do with the rest of their lives. The two weeks culminated in a farewell dinner of fun, dancing and sharing. I so wish you all could have been there. Thank you for making this all possible." Rod Van Sciver

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and thank you to their sponsors.

Click here to view photos from the course. 

EFAC University Class of 2013 at the First Annual Career and Computer Course

EFAC University Class of 2013 at the First Annual Career and Computer Course

April 2013

"Girl Rising" -- Join EFAC on April 23 at the Red River Theatres in Concord

We are pleased to participate in another screening of Girl Rising, this one at the Red River Theatres in Concord NH on April 23 at 6:30pm.

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change. 

There will be a Q&A after the film with:   

Nancy Van Sciver  EFAC Founder   
Shabana Basij-Rasikh Co-Founder & Managing Director, School of Leadership, Afghanistan
Augusta Thomson Team member at 10x10- a social action campaign to promote girls' education
Moderator: Marianne M. Jones, Executive Director, Women's Fund of New Hampshire

For more information, visit the Red Rivers website.

To view the trailer, click here.

We hope to see you there.

March 2013

Girl Rising: Take Action

  Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the screening of Girl Rising at The Music Hall. It was an unforgettable film about the power of education to change the world. 

As we learned, millions of girls around the world face barriers to education. But when girls are allowed to go to school, they have a significant impact on their family and community. When you educate a girl she will earn up to 25 percent more and reinvest 90 percent of her income in her family. Her children will be more likely to go to school and be immunized, leading to healthier, more productive individuals and communities. 

"When girls go to school and get an education, they stay healthy. They save money. They speak up. They build businesses. Then they pass it all on...and poverty declines," Richard Robbins, Director of Girl Rising.

So how can you help? 

Sponsor a girl in the EFAC freshman class; we currently have 11 girls who need sponsors to finish high school. 

In Kenya, where high school in not free, many families cannot afford to educate their daughters beyond eighth grade. To address this challenge, EFAC identifies impoverished girls who excel in primary school and provides mentoring and scholarships to attend top Kenyan secondary schools. These students are then paired with sponsors like you to fund their education and provide support and friendship.

Miriam, EFAC Class of 2017

Miriam, EFAC Class of 2017

To learn more about the 11 girls who need funding, visit our Class of 2017 webpage where you will meet Annah, Benta, Miriam and others. In her application for a scholarship, Miriam says, "When I grow up, I would like to be a civil engineer and help the needy." Together we can help Miriam and other girls like her realize their dreams. 

An EFAC sponsorship is $800 a year for four years or for $100 a year per person, you can join 7 of your family and friends to form a group to sponsor a child through high school. To help you form a group, you can download a sample letter from our website to send to friends to ask them to join you in sponsorship.

As an EFAC sponsor, you will have the chance to get to know your sponsored student through the regular exchange of letters. Imagine the impact you would make on the life of a girl who would otherwise be forced into early marriage or become a victim of human trafficking.

To sign up for a sponsorship, visit our Donate webpage, send an email to info@educationforallchildren.org or call 603-436-3826. 

Thank you.


Kelvin Continues To Shine

Kelvin has been busy during his Gap Period with both his community service project and his computer studies. For his community service outreach he chose to teach math and science at a nearby primary school for several hours each morning. He then attends his computer course later each day. "The teaching stuff is a whole lot more fun than I ever imagined. The pupils there are so cooperative and always ready to learn," Kelvin says. He tells EFAC he chose this government (public) school because they traditionally offer a lower quality education and so he felt he could make a difference for the students.

"Since joining the school I have acquired self-esteem and boldness to face people. Before I was very shy. The only challenge I face is waking up every day at 5 in the morning, but I am getting used to it."

Kelvin has just learned his KCSE score and we want to congratulate him on his great grade. We are very proud of you, Kelvin!


KCSE Results Are In and Our Students Did Very Well

Source: http://blog.theonlinekenyan.com/kcse-2011-results-analysis

Source: http://blog.theonlinekenyan.com/kcse-2011-results-analysis

We don't have 2012 overall results yet but in 2011, 412,000 graduating students took the KCSE exam. Only 120,000, or about 30%, scored C+ and above. This year, 96% of the EFAC students scored C+ or above. That is impressive!

In 2011, only 7% of the students scored B+ or above, qualifying them for a university scholarship. This year 42% of the EFAC students qualified.

While I know that some of our students are disappointed that they didn’t do better, I think the class of EFAC class of 2013 has distinguished itself as an outstanding group of young adults ready to move to the next level.

Congratulations to all.


“Educate Girls. Change the World.”

Please join us on March 20 for the Portsmouth, NH premiere of Girl Rising at The Music Hall.

Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from a life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.

The Music Hall's screening of Girl Rising will be followed by a panel discussing moderated by Cynthia Fenneman, President and CEO of American Public Television and will include: Tom Yellin, Executive Producer at 10x10; Karin Barndollar, EFAC Board Member; Hope Mbabazi, a student from Uganda who benefited from an education scholarship; and Bess Palmisciano, Founding Director of Rain for the Sahel & Sahara.

There will be a special pre-screening reception at The Music Hall Loft for holders of VIP tickets.

Tickets: $10.50/general admission; $75 for VIP reception at The Loft at 5 PM
Time: 7 PM- 9 PM
Location: The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
PURCHASE TICKETS: http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/girl_rising

February 2013

Lynnet Enjoys Teaching

For her community service project Lynnet N. chose to teach eight and nine year old children at the Christian Door of Home School in Narok. She volunteers there Monday through Friday and is enjoying her time with the students. While looking for a volunteer project, she learned the school did not have enough teachers and thought it would be a good experience. "I am learning that we are all different so I am obliged to be patient with slow learners, and it feels good when all the pupils do well".

Lynnet enjoys socializing with the children and playing with the kids during gym and recess. "What I found hard in teaching is that you keep repeating the same thing again and again and the kids still don't get it. One can really feel bad so I have to have a lot of patience with them." She is living with her uncle and his family near the city of Narok.


Samuel recently graduated from Rongai Boys School. He currently volunteers at his former primary school where he teaches math and helps in the office while he awaits his KCSE results. He recently marched for Peace in Kenya with 1000 other youths.

TO YOU WHO CARED: a poem to EFAC

If I were to sing,
I would sing for those who think of the needy before themselves.

If I were to recite,
I would recite for those who saw me as someone while others saw me as something.

If I were to dance,
I would dance for our Lord God who sent you to me.

And if I were to pray,
I would pray that He bless you forever and abundantly. 


Evans Volunteers at the Vanessa Grant School for Children with Special Needs

We have heard from many of our post secondary students about their community service programs and are proud of all the work they are doing in their communities.

"Being in Vanessa Grant  School is very, very enjoyable."

"Being in Vanessa Grant
School is very, very enjoyable."

Evans L. is working six hours a day assisting physically challenged children at the Vanessa Grant School for Children with Special Needs. Evans explains that he doesn't follow a syllabus but teaches the children through their daily activities including sports, singing, games like Merry-Go-Round and playing on the swings. He also enjoys the time he gets to socialize with the students and finds he gets some exercise while playing with them. Although at times challenging Evan writes, "Being in the Vanessa Grant School is very, very enjoyable. The interesting part of it is the fun that the children have."

Evans is currently living with his guardian and rides a bike to the school each morning and home in the afternoon. His guardian, Martin, tells us that the management of the school is really proud of him and the work he does. Evans says he even stays after some days to help with cleaning the compound and splitting firewood. 

Nice work, Evans... your students are lucky to have you!


EFAC Graduates Begin Community Service Projects

"It has been an exhilirating experience teaching and I hope to give my best and make a difference in the lives of these pupils." Prideluck

"It has been an exhilirating experience teaching and I hope to give my best and make a difference in the lives of these
pupils." Prideluck

As the first EFAC graduating high school class begins the next phase of their education journey we find them waiting patiently for their KCSE test score which they will learn in April. In the meantime, during the eight month "gap" period between high school graduation and the beginning of university in Kenya, our EFAC graduates are required to take this time to volunteer in their various communities as a way to "give back" to others in need. They are asked to volunteer ten hours a week for three months and are encouraged to go into their communities to find a suitable position. EFAC believes that by requiring our Post Graduate students to give back to their communities it will help them develop independence and foster a sense of giving.

The students have found a variety of meaningful volunteer opportunities ranging from teaching and gardening to an internship. We are going to feature a student's story each week this month so please check back in with us. 

Prideluck chose to do her community service project at her village primary school by helping teach math, English, Swahili, and religion. She works six days a week and walks half an hour each way to get to the school. She chose teaching because she wants to "empower the girl child as most of them drop out of school" (at a very young age). She enjoys working with the pupils and "encourages them to develop to their potential." 

Prideluck is living with her grandmother and she has to wake up very early to help with chores before she leaves for the school. "It has been an exhilarating experience (teaching) and I hope to give my best and make a difference in the lives of these pupils."