We are facing a dilemma. Seeing how well our two youths have performed at university makes us wish we could send more deserving youths to pursue degrees. We currently have a youth skills programme at CRK which involves a mixture of vocational training and apprenticeship placement leading to a bespoke certificate. We have found this to be a great way to enable a large number of participants to receive skills training and to get a foot on the employment or self-employment ladder at a far lower cost than funding several years of university fees in addition to transport, housing, food allowance etc. The cost of a four year degree course for one individual could fund many more youths in a vocational training scheme.
So, we really have had no choice, despite the positive outcome we are seeing with Abel and Jacob, but to look at the majority scenario and put our efforts into shorter courses locally. However, we look at each case on merit and if we are faced with an A student who we believe has what it takes, we will be on here again asking for help in putting them through university but, sadly, they will have to be exceptional.
Thank you for your support for Abel and Jacob, both of whom are still doing us proud.
Abel who graduated last year having studied Horticulture, found a job in a rose farm in Naivasha from where roses are exported to the European market. Having gained some experience and saved a little, he has decided that his best chance to climb the ladder in a competitive environment will be through getting his Master's Degree. This will inveve a further year of studies and he has not only been accepted back to university but has just started his studies. He saved enough funds to pay his own fees - we are incredibly proud of him! However, we know he will struggle to pay for his upkeep and we would love to be able to help with this if we can. We know this young man is going places!
Jacob is working hard and, due to the delays caused by COVID, he has another semester to do and then final exams. He will graduate this year!
These young men are proof that a little help and support goes a long way!
Jacob headed back to university last week for what we hope will be his last semester. That is awaiting confirmation provided the coursework missed during the Covid 19 closure of the university can be caught up with. All being well, with no further delays or lockdowns, Jacob will complete his final exams in the near future and we expect him to do very well based on his consistent good grades.
Jacob spent his Christmas holiday with family and friends in Kitale. Having lost most of his immediate family, he is fortunate to still have relatives and community that he feels at home in and this is a testament to CRK's successful reintegration program for street children. We are glad that when he leaves university he will have a base to call home no matter where his future career prospects may take him. The support of family and community are so important to all of us.
Thank you for helping support Jacob and taking away the stress of worrying whether he could raise sufficient support to complete his degree.
Happy new year to you all from Jacob!
Abel, who graduated last year, is currently job hunting while also pursuing a driving course to get his licence which may be a necessity to pursue a career in agriculture. We wish him all the best with that! And thank you for getting him this far!
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