Alex loves reading. As the first of seven brothers to go to highschool it's not a surprise his passion for books has him dreaming of being a librarian when he finishes school. "Most of the times I come [to the library I] read storybooks as well as the revision textbooks." With your help Africa SOMA will cover the costs of Alex's four years of high school, giving him the educational foundation to not only become a Librarian but change his life. $790 will cover Alex's 4 year secondary education.
Alex is already looking forward to high school "I'm looking forward to be the head of debate club so that I develop good speeches" he told us. He also hopes to help out his fellow students, telling us he'd like to "be the counsellor of my colleagues on life issues and what to do". This well rounded young man is also a talented volleyball player, something he hopes to continue playing in high school. By investing in Alex's education you are ensuring he gets a chance to reach his full potential.
In rural Kenya, where many families have low incomes, it is difficult to send children to high school, yet a high school education is necessary to access many jobs in Kenya. As a result Alex and many other children are unable to continue their education without financial support. Never able to realize their full academic potential, these youth are limited in the types of careers they can pursue, reinforcing the cycle. With your help Alex will be the first of his 7 brothers to go to high school.
The region surrounding Elangata Wuas has been suffering from increased droughts in recent years which has had a severe impact on a community economically centered around livestock. Livelihood diversity is a key in the region and earning a high school education provides greater potential to access and create jobs. For children in Elangata Wuas the chance to attend high school means a chance to broaden not only their academic horizons but also their job prospects.