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Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya

Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Educate 135 orphaned secondary students in Kenya
Lorite Class 6
Lorite Class 6

In August I went to Kenya and participated in the girl's empowerment retreat. I got to sit down with a group of post-secondary (university) students. Lorite presented me with a three page letter of thanks. Lorite, who often goes by her middle name Lorine, has been an Umoja student since class 6 (2009). Currently she is studying Maritime Business Managment at Moi University. Lorite has been a recipient of all the services that we offer through the project. Here is what she says about secondary school:

In 2011 after getting my KCPE results having attained 290 marks, I got priviledged to be absorbed by Umoja Project as one of the student whose high school fees would be paid by the project. I joined Ojalla Girls in 2012 and transferred to Mawgo Girls in 2014. I express sincere gratitute to the entire group that works selflessly to ensure that hopeless children and the vulnerable in Kenya are hopeful once more. During my Secondary school education, the leadership of the project in Indiana and in Kenya ensured that I remain committed and focused on success by setting a standard grade that I was not to perform below, paying frequent visits to the school, having quality time together discussing on the issues affecting me and other Umoja students, as well afterwich we would share a meal together, the spirit of a true and caring family.

All that seemed dark is now light altogether. Moral standards have also not been left behind as far as Umoja Project is concernerned. I am therefore confident to declare that Umoja Project is a foundation that moulds whole rounded citizens with a difference and whose impact on the society cannot be ignored.

I sincerly pray to God to keep uniting us and letting this family grow as much as possible. May He bless everyone who participates in this to ensure that everything keeps moving. In Kenya, we are humbled for such an honor. Surely you did not care about your ownselves but decided to awaken a dream and nurture it. 

In 2019 we are supporting 135 students in secondary school (high school). We are proud of these young people and all they are accomplishing despite being orphaned. In Kenya, students have started their third and final term of the year and will be taking those KCSE exams that help to determine whether they can continue their studies at university or community schools. Please keep these children in your prayers as they finish out their year. We report back in December to let you know how the results came out!

Also don't forget to click on the link below to see a video thanks from Lorite Lorine.



Each year the Umoja Project sponsors students to attend secondary school. This year we have 19 girls enrolled at Sinyolo Girls School, one of the ten secondary schools our students attend. Pictured is Editor, a form 2 (10th grade) student and a partial orphan, who is leading her class in performance with an A-.

Because of the cultural challenges girls face, the Umoja Project prefers to support girls in schools that offer a better chance of success and boarding, if possible. All-girl schools allow our students to concentrate on their schooling and not be distracted by chores at home, concerns of safety walking to school, or challenges related to the opposite sex. 

Attached is a letter of thanks from the Sinyolo girls attending this year. In the letter they promise "to work smart," encourage their younger siblings in the project, be good examples, and "to improve their society for a better tomorrow."

The overall theme of the work the Umoja Partnership does in Chulaimbo, Kenya is that opportunity for education provides HOPE for children who otherwise would not have the chance to further their schooling.

Many thanks to you for supporting these children for a better tomorrow.

Secondary Day School Umoja Scholars
Secondary Day School Umoja Scholars

January is a very busy time in Kenya as children are enrolled in their new school year. Students start their year in January, have three terms, and finish with end of year exams in November. 

This year our Umoja students, who are progressing on to secondary school, have much to celebrate. The government is providing some funding for all children to attend secondary school, which helps to encourage children to continue their education. However, for our orphaned and vulnerable children the amount of fees remaining may still be too much for them to cover.

The great news is that since the government is chipping in some funding, the Umoja Partnership can utilize our funds to reach more children. Our ultimate goal is for 100% of our children to go to secondary school. This year we had 72 children who scored well enough on the KCPE (end of year testing) to qualify for Umoja Project scholarships for high school. Of those children, 21 received outside scholarships, which provide increased funding for uniforms and books. We were able to fund 45 Form 1 (first year) students. This brings our total to 135 Umoja students currently supported in secondary school for 2019. 

Reflecting on our goal to send all students to school, most of the six remaining students are enrolled and attending. Only one child had not yet enrolled at the time of my visit in January.

Umoja had a large event on January 20th with the guardians and secondary students. One of the county government politicians came to speak about his own struggle as an orphan. Attached are a few pictures from our event. Jeconia also spoke and did a skit for the crowd. Jeconia is a special student, as he has lost the vision in one eye. He also has complete hearing loss in one ear and partial hearing loss in his other ear. The project helped him get a hearing aid, which has really opened up his world.

I send greetings from Kenya and many thanks for your support. It is with your support that these children are given hope for a brighter future. Asante sana!

Jeconia, Form 2 at St. George
Jeconia, Form 2 at St. George's Sianda an his mom.

In 2018 the Global Interfaith Partnership's Umoja Project committed to increasing the number of children we support in secondary school. We increased our Form 1 students from 25 to 35. This year we will continue that class size, meaning we will be hitting our mark of 125 students in Secondary School.

We look forward to seeing how our Class 8 students do on their KCPE exams to know how many children will qualify for support. Please keep them in your prayers as they spend several days in intensive testing.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to send every child who qualifies to school?

The photo above shows Naftali, one of our students from Chulaimbo Boys school, who served as the master of ceremony for The Day of the African Child celebration on June 16. He provides an excellent example for younger students. The picture below is Umoja students from St. Mark's Obambo with two staff and board visitors in early 2018.

We are honored to walk alongside these motivated students as they move ahead in their education. Your financial support makes their path to success possible. Thank you!

St. Mark
St. Mark's Obambo Umoja secondary scholars

If you come to Kenya and visit the Umoja Project, you will often hear our scholars talk about the Umoja family. Umoja is my mother and my father. I have so many brothers and sisters because of the Umoja Project. The Umoja family supports these children through the challenges of living without one or both parents.

In some cases an entire family of children have benefited from our project. The older children show the younger children the way to success. They instill the importance of a strong work ethic and the value of education.

Lenox (above) is a second year student at Musindo Muliro University in Kakemega. He is studying to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce. He has been an Umoja student since class 6. He graduated from Chulaimbo Secondary School in 2015. His father passed away in 2004, and he is supported only by his mother. Lenox says, "Without the Umoja Project, there would have been no money for school fees."

Lenox's younger brother Lee Enock is a form one (9th grade) student at Chulaimbo Secondary School. He is shown below taking exams in June, just before half term break. He hopes to follow in his brother's footsteps to attend university and to make a better life for his family.

Global Interfaith Partnership is working to build the number of secondary scholarships we provide to students like Lenox and Lee Enock. We plan to increase our number over the next five years so that we can send all students who do well on the KCPE exams to high school. Our Kenyan community has raised seven scholarship for 2018 and have committed to 14 in 2019. We want to match their donations in the U.S.

With your help we can meet our five-year goal of sending all our qualifying students to secondary school.

Lee Enock
Lee Enock

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