Education  Kenya Project #32634

University expenses for former street children

by Child Rescue Kenya
University expenses for former street children

Project Report | Sep 21, 2020
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry

By Theresa Heasman | Development Director

Our university students are still none the wiser as to when they will return to university.  We were told this would happen in January about a month ago; then three weeks ago we were told 'September'. We are now well into September and have been told October - then back to January.  So, we really haven't a clue when studies will resume.  Some private universities have started online classes for certain courses.  Unfortunately, both Jacob and Abel are in government universities which have not started any form of online study.  If they do not go back in January and manage to catch up on the 9 months they will have missed out on tuition in 2020, their learning is going to be set back by anything from 6 months to a year or more.  Adding semesters to their courses will of course not only mean they will graduate later, but will mean additional costs for a further year or so.  

This delay is so upsetting to the boys - and to all the others in the same boat as them. Financing youths in education is a struggle for many families and this delay could mean many will not return to education but will drop out now to pursue whatever income generation they can. This also is easier said than done as so many people have lost businesses and jobs due to covid 19 and finding any kind of paid work is a struggle.  This not only affects students stuck at home trying to make ends meet but is affecting their parents and families who may not be able to pay university fees in 2021 due to financial struggles now.

Abel and Jacob have both found local part time work to help survive this trying time but we are still subsidising their rent.  Both boys are determined to study as much as they can and to return to classes as soon as possible to finish their degrees.  They have strong characters due to the tough lives they have lived and they know how important it is that they graduate to have brighter futures.  We will continue to support them and hope that they can get back to their studies as soon as possible.

Thank you for helping them!

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Child Rescue Kenya

Location: Kitale, North Rift - Kenya
Project Leader:
Su Corcoran
Kitale , North Rift Kenya

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