Here in the US, our students are nearing the end of their school year. In Kenya, the new academic year began in January. That means that at Egu Primary School and three additional schools that now have Fueling Education programs, a whole new group of Class 8 (8th grade) students are preparing for the important KCPE (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education) exam.
They will take the exam in December. For now, they are learning the ropes of the Fueling Education program. They’re getting used to spending their weeknights at the school, studying late into the night with their peers. They’re taking advantage of the light provided by a generator at the school. More importantly, they’re gaining access to shared knowledge and the camaraderie of working with their peers toward a common goal.
You are making this possible. Your donations give these students hope that they can rise above the poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment that dog the members of these students’ villages. It is so exciting to see a new group of Class 8 students diligently preparing for a bright, hopeful future. We look forward to sharing their success stories as the year continues. Asante sana for your generous donations—for the hope you are giving to students in rural Kenya.
Sophia is young student at Mackinnon Road Secondary School in rural Kenya. Three factors made her primary education very difficult: (1) she lived a long distance from school, so she spent a great deal of her time traveling back and forth each day; (2) she bore the primary responsibility for helping with household chores, so she had very little time for completing her studies; and (3) she had no electricity in her home, so by the time she was able to study, she had no source of light. Fortunately, Sophia attended Egu Primary School where she was able to participate in the Fueling Education program. Without that program, Sophia says, qualifying for secondary school would have been out of her reach.
Raphael Mangisi teaches at Egu Primary School. He oversees the Fueling Education program and is very familiar with the circumstances of participating students. He describes the challenge for girls in Kenya: “Culturally, girls do more house chores than boys. These duties are done in the evening after they come home from school. This makes them busy and tired. If they get time to study, it is very late at night, and most of the time there is no fuel for light.”
Raphael also explains that prior to the start of the Fueling Education program, not a single girl from Egu Primary qualified for the necessary sponsorship that would allow her to continue her education at the secondary level. All that has changed in four short years with the introduction of the Fueling Education program. In 2015, there will be more girls than boys from Egu Primary School completing secondary school. That is nothing short of a miracle.
Sophia is grateful for the Fueling Education program and the opportunity she now has to pursue additional education and a brighter future. Without Fueling Education, she would have had very little chance to achieve her dreams. Your donations opened that door for her.
Take a close look at this picture. What do you see? If you’re like me, you probably notice the clutter on the floor, the bare feet, and the unusual learning conditions of the classroom. Hopefully you also see the bright smiles and eager faces throughout the room. This is a pretty typical classroom in rural Kenya.
The real story of the picture is the determination demonstrated by these students. They walk long distances (sometimes 6 or more miles) to school, and then sit for hours on end, in any condition just for the chance to learn.
In just a few months (December), 8th grade students throughout Kenya will take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). These students are busy preparing for that exam. After the hours they spend studying throughout the day, they stay in school overnight as well—to be sure they are ready to pass the exam so they can continue their education.
Your contributions to Fueling Education are currently supporting approximately 220 8th grade students in four schools. That is a dramatic increase from just four months ago when the program only supported 70 students in one school. Thank you for making that possible! Ongoing support for Fueling Education is crucial at this time. As the KCPE exam draws closer, more and more students are hoping to stay and participate in the program. Thank you for your generous support to the students in Kenya!
Khadija is a primary student in Taru, Kenya. When asked to describe the importance of education in just one word, she eagerly responded: “Education is power.” In a year or two, Khadija will take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). That test will determine whether or not she is able to continue her education beyond 8th grade.
We love her enthusiasm for education and her understanding of the power it will bring into her life: the power to change her own future, the power to escape the cycle of poverty and illiteracy, the power to create a better life for herself and her family and community, the power to change the world.
For Khadija and her peers, that power is only available through intense effort and the help of outside sponsors. That’s where Fueling Education comes in. Our team met Khadija in June while working in Kenya. We also met with students at Egu Primary School who are current participants in the Fueling Education program. When the Fueling Education program began, it was operating solely at Egu. Since then, students at two additional primary schools in the region have started spending the night at their schools to take advantage of the light and of the opportunity to study with their peers.
As of right now, those students are receiving no support from the Fueling Education program. With enough funding, we could extend the same services that are currently enjoyed at Egu for the students of these additional schools.
Having just been with the students in Kenya, we offer you both their and our sincere appreciation for your support for Fueling Education. July 16th is a bonus day on GlobalGiving. We encourage you to consider donating to Fueling Education on that day—GlobalGiving will provide a 50% match of your donation. Spread the word and help us spread the power of education to new schools in Kenya.
Hamisi is the third of 11 children born to illiterate parents in Egu, which is in the poorest district of Kenya. Hamisi is a dedicated student with a strong desire to learn and improve his life through education. But Hamisi knows better than most that desire alone is not enough. Because his parents are peasant farmers, they could never afford to pay Hamisi's secondary school fees. For this reason, Hamisi knew that he needed to qualify for a Kenya Keys' sponsorship. As he approached his 8th grade year, he joined a group of hardworking students who sleep at Egu Primary School overnight in order to use the light provided by the school. Without that light, these students would have to complete their studies at home, by the light of a small kerosene lantern.
By taking advantage of the Fueling Education program, Hamisi was able to prepare well for the national exam (the KCPE). When the results were in, it was clear that Hamisi's efforts paid off: he earned one of the highest scores in the region. He was accepted to Waa Boys Secondary School, which is one of the best schools in the region. He also qualified for a sponsorship through Kenya Keys. He has great ambitions for his education and career. None of this would have been possible without Fueling Education.
Your donations to Fueling Education have made it possible for 130 students at Egu Primary School to receive the assistance they need to optimize their study and preparations for the KCPE. Even small donations make a huge difference for these students. We sincerely thank you, on their behalf, for helping them unlock their potential by funding the Fueling Education program.
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