Each year we help 500 African kids from urban slums to go to primary school. The children are poor and without a helping hand they'd miss out on the promise of an education. Even the best students, however, rarely go on to high school or university, especially the girls. Our goal is to provide 30 high school scholarships to the top students from two slum schools in Nairobi, Kenya. We know these kids. They're smart and they work hard. With your support we know they'll succeed.
The children we support live in extreme poverty. Their parents earn little more than $2 a day and can barely feed their families, let alone pay school fees. They recognize, however, that education provides a pathway out of poverty. So do their children. The kids work hard, they do their homework, they come to school prepared and on-time. Without exception they want to succeed!
By any measure kids who graduate high school are more likely to raise healthy children, keep them safe and help them to become productive citizens. With a high school diploma, many of the children will be able to learn a trade or qualify for college or even university. This is especially true for girls, the majority of whom rarely have a chance to receive a secondary education. For this reason, the project will ensure that at least 50 percent of all scholarships go to female students.
Africa urgently needs trained professionals to modernize and grow their economies. Educating children, especially poor children, benefits not only the kids but also their large extended families. It also provides their communities with trained professionals who can provide leadership towards a better future and furnish essential services that are desperately needed in the areas of health, education and safety.