Jitegemee

Jitegemee, Inc. exists to provide street children with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing the obstacles that prevent street children from attaining their educational or vocational goals-whether these obstacles are hunger, homelessness or lack of schooling.

Jitegemee
411A Highland Ave. #171
Somerville, MA 02144
United States
617-824-4266
http://www.jitegemee.org

Executive Director

Farah Stockman

Management Team

Mike Kimeu, Alex Mutiso, Laurah Mwelu, Elizabeth Nzivo

Board of Directors

Michelle Brooks, Shulamit Kahn, Catherine Mosca, Farah Stockman, Allyson Black-Foley, Clarence Wardell, Wairimu Mwaura, Hans Hageman, Kyalo Musau, Jessamyn Berniker

Project Leaders

Clarence Wardell

Mission

Jitegemee, Inc. exists to provide street children with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing the obstacles that prevent street children from attaining their educational or vocational goals-whether these obstacles are hunger, homelessness or lack of schooling.

Programs

Formal Schooling: At a cost of roughly $100 per child per year, Jitegemee provides books, school uniforms, shoes, food, school and exam fees, tutoring and emergency medical care for former street children in elementary school. Many are performing at the top of their class. At a cost of roughly $500 per child per year, Jitegemee provides board, school fees and tutoring for Jitegemee scholars who have earned admittance to the region's first- and second-tier secondary schools. In addition, Jitegemee supports a number of homeless elementary school-aged children in boarding schools as well as Jitegemee scholars who have earned admittance to a university. Vocational Training: When Kenya introduced free and compulsory education for children under 14 in 2003, many drop-in centers for street children closed, leaving no place for children over 14 to eat lunch and spend their days. Many of these older children, too old for primary school, were forced back into the streets to face a bleak future. Recognizing these vulnerable children were falling through the cracks, Jitegemee dramatically expanded our vocational program to support more teenage street children in becoming self-sufficient. Our vocational training program, comprised of three phases, has achieved impressive results. Phase I. Five-month pre-vocational rehabilitation program Phase II. One- to two-year apprenticeship program. Phase III. Once the apprenticeship is completed, Jitegemee provides vocational graduates with the help they need to go into business for themselves. Each graduate receives a set of start-up tools, and as they begin to earn money from their trades, Jitegemee staff members assist them with saving money to purchase their own tools.

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