The school year in Kenya is from January until December with three breaks during the year. November is the month for final examinations and promotion to the next class.
Many parents and students are already worrying about how they will pay their school fees, buy uniforms or supplies for the 2011 school year. The education of children of marginal income single parents is often delayed until they are 9 or 10 or interrupted after they have started. Many street children are the children of single parents who work at menial day labor jobs to earn enough for one meal per day while the children roam the streets begging as they do not have funds for uniforms. Many orphans and street children hope for a chance to go to school.
Young people who are currently taking their eighth year examination hope for a way to attend high school. Even high scorers are not guaranteed entrance into high school due to the inability to purchase a uniform or pay the minimal fees for lunch or a desk.
January often brings a line at the gate of the Joseph Waweru Home School: parents asking for help, messages from the schools with the names of needy children, young people themselves bringing their school reports to show their great desire for more education. Street Children rushing up to greet me, eagerly asking for a chance to go to school.
We hope to be financially prepared to help many of the truly needy children.
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