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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

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 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 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!