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October 2015

Sponsor a student for $500 a year - Double your dollars and your impact.

This October a generous donor is matching 10 four-year sponsorships. Join us in sponsoring a student and giving the gift of education to a high school or university student in Kenya.

To have your scholarship dollars matched and sponsor a student for $500/year, email us at info@educationforallchildren.org or go to our Donate Page and under "Donation Dedication" tell us that you would like to participate in the matching funds campaign and what gender you would like to support - or if you would like to support a specific student, this is a good place to let us know. 

For more detailed information, contact us at info@educationforallchildren.org or give us a call at 315-262-6201. 

Bernard is a Form I student at Makueni Boys School. He dreams of becoming an electrical engineer and bringing electricity to communities across Kenya.

Bernard is a Form I student at Makueni Boys School. He dreams of becoming an electrical engineer and bringing electricity to communities across Kenya.

In sub-Saharan Africa 10 million children drop out of school every year.

EFAC is working to challenge this statistic through access to education and comprehensive education-to-employment programs in Kenya for vulnerable boys and girls.

This year EFAC has 6 bright students who need funding to complete their high school education. To see their profiles, or to select a student, you can visit EFAC’s secondary sponsorship page by clicking here

Irene is a first year student at Moi University Pursuing a Bachelors' Degree in Education. Irene hopes to work with students with special needs in her future.

Irene is a first year student at Moi University Pursuing a Bachelors' Degree in Education. Irene hopes to work with students with special needs in her future.

Did you know that every additional year of school that a woman attends school increases her wages by an average of 12%.

Our university and diploma students receive mentoring and hands-on employment training to enhance their degree programs. EFAC scholars select academic fields that will allow them to serve their communities and country and our EFAC scholars, both male and female are actively involved in giving back to their communities. 

There are currently nine unfunded university students who are in need of funds to continue their education. To see EFAC's current list of unfunded university students, please visit EFAC's post secondary sponsorship page by clicking here. 

To sponsor a student for $500/year, go to our Donate page and under "Donation Dedication" tell us that would like to participate in the matching funds campaign and what gender you would like to support -- or if you would like to support a specific student, this is a good place to let us know as well. For more detailed information, contact us at info@educationforallchildren.org or give us a call us at 315-262-6201. 

Thank you for giving the gift of education.


Education For All Children (EFAC) has been selected to join The Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings Initiative and the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education as a member of the Girls CHARGE Collaborative. The collaborative of more than 50 partner organizations aims to reach more than15 million girls worldwide by 2019. New partnerships were announced by former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard during an event hosted at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative on September 29, 2015.

As an official Girls CHARGE partner EFAC will support and enhance two major priority areas: access to education programs for girls and transitioning programs for girls to ensure successful transitions to higher education, leadership and employment.

EFAC co-founder Rod Van Sciver shared his thoughts on this new and important partnership, "EFAC is thrilled to be a CHARGE partner. It is only though true collaboration with like-minded organizations that we can all reach our shared goal of seeing the women of this world reach their innate potential." 

ABOUT GIRLS CHARGE
Launched as a 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action and championed by Former Prime Minister of Australia Ms. Julia Gillard, the Clinton Foundation, and the Brookings Institution, Girls CHARGE brings together over 50 public, private, and civil society organizations and has committed more than $800 million to reach more than 15 million girls in 40 countries by 2019. Addressing issues of school access, school safety, quality learning, life transitions beyond secondary schooling, and local leadership for girls’ education, Girls CHARGE continues to grow and serves a community to share best practices, research, learnings, and monitoring and evaluation models.

September 2015

From Humble Beginnings: A Student Perspective

A blog post by Ishmael Ngei, EFAC Scholar

Ishmael joined the EFAC family in 2011 and was selected as an EFAC scholar for his ambition, hard working nature, and strong academic performance. Born in Kitui district in Eastern Kenya and the fifth born of eight children, Ismael's parents struggled to provide basic needs to their large family. When his primary school teacher brought him the EFAC application, a world of possibility opened for this young man who had not previously considered continuing in school.

Innovative, entrepreneurial and still deeply engaged with his home community, Ishmael is a student at Taita Taveta Univeristy College where he studying for a Bachelor of Business and Information Technology. In the post below, Ishmael shares his perspective on his EFAC experience in high school and the leadership skills he has developed as an EFAC scholar.

My name is Ishmael Ngei from Katulani village, Kitui County. I schooled at Rongai Agricultural & Technical Secondary School through EFAC sponsorship. I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Business and Information Technology at Taita Taveta University. I am delighted to share my high school and community service experience as an EFAC scholar. 

I strived to balance my academics, leadership and participation in co–curricular activities. I joined the school teams and played midfield in basketball and table tennis. I joined the wildlife club and we planted and took care of many trees in the school compound. We enjoyed privileges including visiting National parks and game reserves including Lake Nakuru National park. As a student leader, I acted as a student government advisor and Christian union Prayer coordinator and later on I was elected as the school president. I coordinated the student government to deal with discipline issues and as a result there were few disciplinary cases. Academically, I was on the list of top 20 best performing students in the class and I was also able to serve in a variety of leadership positions, which helped me to learn and practice virtues of honesty, hardwork, service to others, management and record keeping. Outside of school, I attended Kenya Student Christian Fellowship annual camps and EFAC workshops throughout my four years in high school. These opportunities allowed me to acquire self-confidence and gain a sense of empowerment.

During my final year of secondary school, I was awarded Kshs 4,000 from the school administration. With this money, I went home after doing my KCSE and bought a goat; reared it and later sold it in order to pay school fees for my sister, Janet. Kitui County is quite dry and people in the region experiences water challenges. The pupils fetch clean water from a water vendor and I had countless thoughts on how the water challenge could be settled in my neighborhood community.  With this in mind, I composed a poem entitled "Water the Confusion” and I taught it to the students at the local school who later recited it in front of the Governor of Kitui County during his visit to Katulani. He was moved and he promised that the county government will dig a bore hole which will serve as a source of water to the school and the community. Once this project is completed, it will be a lifelong legacy. 

I remain grateful to my sponsor through EFAC and mentors. My experience in community service was quite challenging but educative.  At home, I assisted in carrying out duties like fetching water, cultivating in the garden and grazing.  I also did a voluntary work as a teacher and patron in Nzukini Primary school from January to September, 2015. I taught English and Mathematics to primary school students. This gave me an opportunity to influence the pupils to speak national languages at the school.  As a result, the pupils improved significantly English and Mathematics during end of term examinations.

August 2015

EFAC SCHOLARS ADMITTED TO JOIN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

Blog post by Peter King'ori, a member of EFAC's Kenya Team

EFAC's class or 2015 is headed to University in September

EFAC's class or 2015 is headed to University in September

Students who performed very well on the 2014 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) national examination have been admitted to join public universities and colleges and will start their studies this month.

According to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) board, only 80,000 students (out of 480,000 test takers) were given one of these coveted spots.

The board set the cut-off point for placement to degree programs at B, a score of 60 points for male candidates, and B-, a score of 58 points for female candidates. Medicine is the most competitive program across all universities, and other highly competitive courses include dental science, engineering (civil and electrical), architecture, pharmacy, and actuarial science.

Out of 49 EFAC scholars who sat for the national examinations, 47 have successfully been admitted to join public learning institutions. Some of the top EFAC scholars include Drusillah Mogire who has been placed to study Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Maseno University;  Shadrack Kiprotich has been placed to study Bachelor of Actuarial science at Karatina University; and, David Nyangaresi has been placed to study Diploma in Civil Engineering at Kabete Technical Training Institute.

Scholars expressed their gratitude to EFAC as they received the news of their admission. Carolyne Musyoka who will be studying a Bachelor of Law at the University of Nairobi said, “I am so happy and look forward to studying law. I have practiced the art of public speaking and I am convinced that verbal battles in the courtroom aren’t a worry at all.” Sharon Muhando who has been admitted to study Bachelor of Medical Microbiology said, “I love medical microbiology because I am interested in research which will give me an opportunity to help the society find solutions to their health problems.”

June 2015

Bridge to Employment: Reflections on Employability, Growth and Relationships in Kenya

Founders Rod and Nancy Van Sciver and Board Chair, Corporate partnerships Jay Dinkel attend first Bridge To Employment Workshop.

Nancy, Rod and Jay joined 120 secondary graduates and 11 major corporations at the first university workshop. It was a fantastic success for our university students as they underwent mock interviews and prepared elevator speeches and resumes. Some of the students actually landed internships during their mock interviews.

Speed networking with corporate guest

Speed networking with corporate guest

EFAC developed its new workshop curriculum in conjunction with its Kenyan Corporate Advisory Board with representatives from Unilever, Nestles, SC Johnson, IBM and Litemore LLC. EFAC students learn employability skills and prepare for the future. With the help of international and national companies we believe EFAC students will continue to beat the odds.

Surprise - EFAC celebrates Nancy's birthday

Surprise - EFAC celebrates Nancy's birthday

As board member Jay Dinkel noted,"the social aspects of EFAC were as stunning and impressive as the skills EFAC students demonstrate." The students share an incredible bond, and for many, EFAC has become like a family. Nowhere was this more noticeable than at the Saturday night dinner dance at the conclusion of the workshop.  The hall was decorated with balloons and bright crepe paper, and the night felt like a cross between a 1950's prom and reunion of old friends. Everyone enjoyed karaoke, poetry, dancing, hugs and thousands of smartphone photos, all followed by a surprise celebration of Nancy's birthday.  For me, this was one of the trip's highlights, as I witnessed how special this group has become."

Jay catching up with Joshua at the Employment Workshop in May

Jay catching up with Joshua at the Employment Workshop in May

EFAC is building a strong alumni base that someday will be our best support. One of EFAC's first scholars, Shirlene said it best when she said, "EFAC is family, just being together makes me feel like we are headed somewhere."

EFAC's model of partnership and developmental workshops have gained some attention in the press both here in New Hampshire and in Kenya. See what the Kenyan media is saying about our work in the People Daily and Standard Digital and learn more about EFAC's unique
partnership and the women who make that partnership possible at NH Magazine

May 2015

LAUNCH OF THE ‘CAREER READINESS AND EMPOWERMENT TRAINING’

Blog post by Peter King'ori, a member of EFAC's Kenyan Team

Prof Leah Marangu welcomes Nancy and Rod Van Sciver to the CRET Launch

Prof Leah Marangu welcomes Nancy and Rod Van Sciver to the CRET Launch

On May 1, 2015 the collaboration between Africa Nazarene University (ANU) and Education for All Children (EFAC) advanced to a new level as Prof. Leah Marangu, Vice –Chancellor, ANU and Nancy Van Sciver, together with her husband Rod, founders of EFAC joined hands to launch Career Readiness and Empowerment Training (CRET) under the theme “nurturing character and career development.”  The launch was received with cheers of jubilations by over 130 scholars who are currently beneficiaries of EFAC scholarship and mentorship in post-secondary education. The CRET curriculum is a four year program that seeks to equip the scholars with skills and an education that leverages them to be competitive and assertive in modern day professions.

Speaking during the launch, Prof. Leah Marangu asserted that “this dream was not in vain. You are the candle that is going to ignite others wherever you go.” She challenged the scholars to “inculcate discipline, determination, hard work and a trust in God” in their journey of academic excellence as well as when preparing for work related responsibilities. Nancy Van Sciver recalled the genesis of EFAC asserting that the launch of CRET was one of the program’s milestones that will play a leading role in transforming lives as well as prepare the scholars to acquire the soft skills which are required in the modern job market.  “Since the conception of EFAC we have heard stories of difficulty being transformed to stories of great hope.” she said as she acknowledged her dream to change the lives of the less privileged in Kenyan society who will ultimately change the African continent.

The Guest Speaker, Arch. Lee Karuri, Director of Dimensions group and Chairman of Ethics and Practice, Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya shared his journey of success from his humble childhood to self-independence. He pointed out that “EFAC is just a bridge to your future of self- independence. It will spark your potential and give you a path to success.” He urged the scholars to “depend on God, invest in your education, career and character.”

Guest Speaker, Arch Lee Karuri sharing his keynote speech on Building Independence

Guest Speaker, Arch Lee Karuri sharing his keynote speech on Building Independence

The 21st Century employers desires to employ competent employees who can propel the vision and   mission of the organization or company to greater heights. This requires the caliber of an employer’s prospective employees to be competent academically, professionally and socially. Furthermore, they should possess a wide range of soft skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication skills, interpersonal skills, positive attitude, problem solving and a strong work ethic. The CRET program aims to enhance scholars skills and further develop relevant competencies including, self-awareness, financial literacy, reproductive health, career knowledge and preparation, employability skills, leadership, and survival skills which will enable them to be productive in the modern job market. The program also allows the scholars to participate in community transformation at a personal level and develop their servant leadership skills through philanthropic and community driven initiatives.

Prior to the launch, the workshop commenced on April 19, 2015 with a group of 48 scholars who completed their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in year 2014 and they are currently looking forward to joining universities/colleges in September. They were joined by a group of 86 Scholars on April 30, 2015 who are currently pursuing their Degree/Diploma courses in institutions of higher learning from across the country for a two days comprehensive CRET workshop. The scholars had an opportunity to listen, interact, and share their views/ideas with different professionals/career experts who works in both public and private sector.

Guest Speaker, Arch Lee Karuri sharing  his keynote speech on Building Independence

Guest Speaker, Arch Lee Karuri sharing
his keynote speech on Building Independence

The workshop was of great importance to the scholars as they testified about its impact in their personal and professional development. “The interaction with different individuals from various firms is so helpful in my professional development. I now know how to behave during an interview,” said Pauline Sinyok, a student at Kenyatta University. William Muchui, a student at Thika School of Medical Sciences testified that “I have learned how to negotiate for a job and what to cover when preparing a Curriculum Vitae.” Mercy Obiewa, a student at Rongo University said “it was a wonderful chance and I have learned how to market myself in order to be the most outstanding among the millions of job applicants.”  Joan Naeni, a student at Technical University of Kenya pointed out that the “elevator speech and speed mentoring session has made me really evaluate myself and learn how to brand myself.” EFAC’s Kenya team would like to thank all the EFAC sponsors, stakeholders and facilitators who dedicated their time and resources to ensure the success of this workshop.

March 2015

EFAC SCHOLARS PERFORM VERY WELL IN 2014 KCSE EXAMINATIONS

Blog post by Peter King'ori, a member of EFAC's Kenyan Team

Congratulations to the EFAC Class of 2015

Congratulations to the EFAC Class of 2015

On March, 3 2015 cheers were heard across the country as the Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi released the results of 2014 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. Out of 483,630 candidates who sat for the examinations, 3,073 candidates scored an overall mean grade of A. “Overall mean grade of A by gender shows that 2,133 (69.4%) male candidates and 940 (30.6%) female candidates attained this highest grade,” said Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi.  He also pointed out that 149,717 candidates scored the minimum university entry qualification of C+. 

Among the candidates who received their KCSE results were 49 EFAC scholars. The graduating class has done exemplary well as 2 students managed to score a mean grade of A; 13 students scored a mean grade of A minus; 11 students scored a mean grade of B plus and 15 students scored a mean grade of B. And, we are so pleased to announce that all 49 scholars managed to score a mean grade of C plus and above, the minimum university entry qualification.

Drusilla Mogire emerged as the top EFAC scholar. She scored an A plain of 82 points. She attributed her sterling performance to “being focused, hard work, determination and mentorship.”  Her future career is to study medicine at the university as she stated, “I have a passion for medicine and I had to work extremely hard in all subjects and especially in English.” She is currently doing her community service in a local health Centre.

“I would like to study civil engineering at the university,” said Rose Winnie Nekesa. She scored an A minus of 77 points. As an aspiring engineer, she advises the high school students to “not take their education for granted but to work hard and plan their time well.” She is currently doing her community service at Mater Hospital.  

“I would like to study computer science at the University,” said Peter Mwikya. He scored an A minus of 79 points. He attributes his stellar performance to “hard work, determination and a trust in God.”

“I thank God that EFAC stood with me and paid my school fees. I would like to study actuarial science at the university,” said Antony Mulwa. He scored an A minus of 76 points. He is currently teaching biology and mathematics at a local secondary school. 

Jackline Cherotich attributes her exemplary performance to “being confident, courageous and a trust in God.” She scored an A minus of 79 points. She would like to study actuarial science at the University. She advises high school students to “have confidence in whatever they do and cooperate with teachers.”  

Other scholars who have done well include Mercy Lukaya who scored an A minus, Caroline Musyoka who scored an A plain and Richard Amkonyole who scored a B plus. Mercy had to battle stiff competition in her school and plan her time well as she spent one month at home after going through an eye surgery. 

Richard was the most improved student among all EFAC Scholars. "My highlight and jubilation was Richard, when the results came in. He was the first student I noticed, and he has made us proud," said Godfrey Sakwa, EFAC's contact teacher at St. Mary's Boys. His story is heartbreaking; he is an orphan and he spent almost all the break holidays in school since it was the only place he felt comfortable to stay. He utilized his last two terms in high schools to literally improve his performance from grade C to B+. "

Together as the EFAC fraternity, sponsors and stakeholders, we join our hands to congratulate EFAC Class of 2015.

February 2015

EFAC Awards 40 High School Scholarships in 2015

Recently 40 new students were awarded EFAC scholarships to attend high school. As part of the admissions process, ANU staff made some home visits to deliver the good news. Here is an account of their visits written by EFAC staff member, Peter Kingori. 

Eric Wainaina and his mother in Kahara Village

Eric Wainaina and his mother in Kahara Village

Chants, jubilation and tears of joy were felt among the parents, guardians, teachers and relatives of  2015 EFAC applicants as they received the good news that they had received education scholarship from the EFAC office, Africa Nazarene University.

‘I pray to God to bless you so that you can continue to empower the needy,’ said Eric Wainana.  Eric lives with his mother in a rental house at Kahara village in Kajiado Country. He used to spend three hours per day to walk to and from school. He scored 371 marks on the 8th grade exit exam (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE)). Despite his poor background, he is determined to work hard in high school and transform the misfortune of his family. He praised his science teacher for being a role model and mentor to him. He has joined form one at St. Mary’s Boys Secondary school through an EFAC scholarship.

Tabitha at her house  in Ongata Rongai

Tabitha at her house
in Ongata Rongai

“My mother struggled to pay for my fees at primary school. It was mostly paid by well-wishers,” said Tabitha Naserian.  Tabitha lives with her mother in a rental single-room, iron-sheet house in Ongata Rongai. When she was in primary school, she missed many days because of lack of fees. Despite her needy background, she scored 375 marks on the KCPE. Her dream is to become an accountant.  She has joined form one at Vanessa Grant Girls.

"It is like a miracle for me to be awarded an EFAC scholarship. I know that if I am helped, I will achieve my goals,” said Faith Ndanu.  Faith lives with her mother and sister in Katoloni village in Machakos County. Like Tabitha, Faith was sent home quite often in middle school due to lack of school fees. Despite the challenges, she scored 391 marks in KCPE. She is thankful to the teachers who kept encouraging her to have a positive attitude.  She has joined form one at Vanessa Grant Girls.

Benard Mwengi with his teachers at the EFAC office, Africa Nazarene University

Benard Mwengi with his teachers at the EFAC office, Africa Nazarene University

Each of the EFAC 2015 successful applicants has a story to tell. For instance, Benard Mwengi, an orphan was the top student in his school. He was accompanied by his teachers to pick up his letter awarding him an educational scholarship from EFAC. He scored 376 marks in KCPE.

All of the Form One scholars have faced numerous hardships including lack of basic needs such as food and clothes. Listening to their narratives on how they used to go to school without taking breakfast, skipping the lunch meal and living with only one meal per day, but they remained hopeful. 

With the promise of an education, they can wipe their tears and alter their trajectory of life.  It is through the empowerment of an education that these scholars will grow up and bring a positive change in their communities and the nation at large. We are glad that EFAC in collaboration with Africa Nazarene University has granted education scholarship to 40 bright but needy students this year of 2015. 


Transforming Lives Through Community Service

by Caroline Ng'etich
EFAC University Graduate

Before I joined the EFAC family, life was too hard, terrible and hopeless.  I grew up in Sirwa Village, Baringo County. I faced numerous challenges as a young girl but my desire to acquire education was greater than the fear of being a house wife. Prior to being admitted at Africa Nazarene University, I was herding my father’s cattle and goats. However, my desire for a brighter future was cut short after a successful completion of one academic semester at the University due to lack of tuition fee. I had to drop out and go back to my village. I stayed home for one year without any hope of resuming my studies.

Caroline Ng'etich and SMG  Leaders

Caroline Ng'etich and SMG  Leaders

I am glad that EFAC came in my life and opened the golden gates for me. With EFAC support, I was able to resume my studies and complete my Bachelor’s degree successfully. EFAC impacted my life positively not only academically but also morally and socially as I acquired essential life skills during mentor workshops – we were always challenged to give back to the community. Thus, driven by the desire to mentor and empower young people in my community, I founded Sirwa Mentoring Group (SMG).  It was not easy at the beginning but since I had a vision, I was determined to see it mature and touch one or two lives. I approached the college students from the area and they liked the idea and wanted to help out. We organized and sacrificed our resources to fund the first mentorship forum which attracted more than 250 students. This was overwhelming, and it was successful.

SMG 2014 Parent Session

SMG 2014 Parent Session

Since then, most parents and students have changed their perspective about education. I was glad to witness the highest number of students who joined high school that year with an aim of being like Carol or my fellow college students. This mentorship has now become a yearly event in our community and surprisingly parents and leaders have pledged their support. In December 2014, we held our second mentorship event at Sore Primary school and it attracted youth in primary and secondary schools, form four leavers, college & university students, parents, leaders and academicians.  I am happy that there are small changes which are taking place in my village - everyone is working hard to ensure their kids go to school. Besides that, my neighboring college students are taking up the mentorship challenge by starting small groups in their villages with the aim of transforming lives. This is a great multiple effect of SMG.

SMG 2014 Interactive Afternoon Session

SMG 2014 Interactive Afternoon Session

Learning from Mother Teresa who once said “I cannot change the world alone but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples,” SMG gives me hope that the world will gradually change into a better place. A noble change starts with an individual who makes a positive change in someone’s life and that person impacts the same to someone else gradually. My passion is to make a difference in other people’s lives. I will use my abilities to fulfill my purpose here on earth. My next step is to organize a big event with the aim of nurturing student talents and help them realize that life is not all about books but being well-rounded.

As an EFAC Alumni, I am always thankful to the entire EFAC family; my brothers and sisters in college and high school, Sponsors and all mentors who have made me to be whom I am today. I will forever be grateful and will lift the EFAC flag wherever I go. Finally, I would like to encourage my fellow EFAC scholars that they do not need to have much in order to make a difference, all they need is a willing and caring heart. 

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. — Nelson Mandela

January 2015

Education is the Hope for Generations

Blog post by Peter King'ori, a member of EFAC's Kenyan Team. 

Visiting Students at Rongai Boys School

Visiting Students at Rongai Boys School

Education and empowerment provide hope for countless generations who live in abject poverty in both arid and semi-arid areas. Transforming lives in these regions requires various stakeholders who collaboratively work together to instill hope, dreams and change to the younger generations.  Sylvester, an EFAC student attending Rongai Boys School, is an example of a student who is optimistic about the future as a result of such collaboration. Sylvester wanted an scholarship to secondary school so badly that he repeated class eight even after having sat for his Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (K.C.P.E.) and passed with high marks. He said recently, “I repeated standard eight with 353 marks since my mother had no money to take me to secondary school.”

A home constructed of local bricks and a thatched roof.

A home constructed of local bricks and a thatched roof.

Sylvester is among the 28 scholars who are benefiting from EFAC education scholarship in Kitui County. These students live with their parents, siblings and guardians in areas such as Katulani, Ikanga, Matinyani and Ikutha. A recent home visit by the EFAC team found that small scale subsistence farming is the main source of income for most peasant farmers in these regions. The climate is characterized by dry seasons with minimal short rainfall seasons. Rivers are seasonal and farmers depend on borehole water for drinking and washing. They must pay for their water and 5 liters of water costs 2 Kenyan Shillings.  Most of the houses are built with local bricks and either an iron sheet or a grass thatched roof. Illiteracy is common among older parents/guardians and they only speak the local Akamba language. Despite these levels of poverty, these parents/guardians are hopeful for the success of their children.

Ishmael together with his mother and siblings.

Ishmael together with his mother and siblings.

Education is the vehicle that drives change in this region. It is the hope for generations. Every parent/guardian the EFAC team met stressed the importance of education and its impact in ending the cycle of illiteracy and poverty. Students could not hide their joy as they narrated the events which transpired before they acquired an education scholarship. Ishmael Mother asserted that “You instilled hope and bright future to my family, it’s only God who can repay and bless you.” Antony Mulwa, an EFAC scholar who also acted as the team interpreter testified that “I had to repeat standard eight in order to get good marks which guaranteed me an education scholarship.” Through the support of sponsors, Anthony recently completed his Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) last year and is eager to learn his results and what his options are for university or diploma programs.  He is currently growing green vegetables and Moringa trees in his father’s farm. He sells the vegetables in a nearby market. He puts a smile as he says “I learnt about the benefits of Moringa trees during the EFAC mentorship workshop. I was given a reference book by the facilitator and when I came back home I planted some seeds in our farm.”

Empowering one student at a time brings joy and hope to families struggling with illiteracy and poverty. Educating younger generations translates to a great future. Students are determined to accomplish their dream and transform their entire trajectory of life in a positive way. Together, let us empower one student at a time with the knowledge that education is the hope for generations.