SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2018 UPDATE
- Published: Monday, 26 February 2018 08:30
Every year we try to find sponsors for some of our brightest Grade 8 students and in partnership with parents, whose task is to find a school, enroll and pay for uniform, transport and books, we get them to school.We managed to take 14 students to school in 2018 with the help of donations form different willing Individuals. Waves Trust has been one of the faithful supporters of the scholarship programs. Every year they sponsor a student and Whitney was the lucky girl with 387 marks out of 500. Malcolm and Margaret from their circles also managed to sponsor Pius Maluki who had just lost his mother a week before his KCPE examinations but despite the pain of loosing a mother, he still managed to score 382 Marks. (Thank you Malcolm & Margaret)
Brian Brown also came to the rescue of four bright students but very needy after visiting Ruben Centre and interacting with the children through the sports program he was involved with during his visit. Brian and family (Timothy & Gabrielle) sponsored 4 students Joseph, Faith, Mary and Caleb whose dream of joining secondary schools would be shattered due to lack of school fees to support their secondary education. (Thank you Brian, Timothy and Gabrielle)
Joyce Mueni our first girl with 405 marks was taken in for a full sponsorship with Wings To Fly an Equity Bank Scholarship Initiative. Two more students Anthony and Merab (a total orphan living with her aunt) were sponsored by Magnate Ventures one of the biggest advertising companies in Kenya. (They have been giving two scholarships every year). Thank you Robert Kinyanjui for your support to needy students.
We still had more needy cases and it was easy to identify them after reporting time for form one new student’s elapsed but we still had a number still at home. ‘James’ (not his real name) 4 year old boy was brought to our clinic rescued by neighbours after drinking an insecticide used to kill bedbugs because his father could not raise his school fees for his secondary education. The father had ordered the boy to repeat grade eight against his wish. The boy was supported to join secondary school through crowd funding and Nilinde program that contributed for first term school fees for the boy but what happens for the second term?
Victor Bushuru had also been invited to join Joytown a special school for children with disability since he had scored well but poverty and financial constraints almost stole away his dreams, which pushed Br. Frank to intervene and support him to go to secondary school.
Veronica has been an active participant in our music club and being a key soloist during National music competitions, we had to reward her since her story is well known to us. Her mother has been through our women empowerment programs and had been in and out of hospital treating her newborn son who was diagnosed with a hole in the heart. It had been a tough journey for the family. Unfortunately, the boy died after a series of unsuccessful treatment.
Three weeks down the line and most students have reported back to school, we were introduced to Valentine Magoma, 14 years old girl still at home. Her mother had no plans whatsoever of taking her to secondary school. It is dangerous for a girl to stay at home after completing her primary education, as the challenges are way too many. Carly Randle visited the Ruben Centre in 2008 and was looking to sponsor a student after she read on your website about the scholarship program. Carly’s scholarship supported Valentine to join secondary school.
A willing sponsor pays $ US 450 a year and bingo, education, board, and a future are all of a sudden on the cards. Investing in human resources, I believe is true development yet it is so difficult to get people to step up and help and something totally frowned upon by donor organizations that fear a string of possible negatives is about to be unleashed on some poor unsuspecting child.
Last year we had 24 Sponsored students completed their secondary education with good grades and a hope for a future. 13 students attained a grade sufficient to go to university and although not all will have the resources to do that, but these graduates are still way ahead of the pack of their peers. A recent figure from the Kenyan Catholic Commission for justice and peace put the figure of unemployed youth at 12.5 million. A national disgrace and a hopeless social drama about to consume both the youth and the country’s future if no action is taken towards addressing this issue.
We continue to appeal to willing donors who can support the quickly dying scholarship program for the needy students who perform well in their final examination of Primary Education to pursue secondary education to write to us on:
What you receive as a sponsor:
- Quarterly reports about the academic performance of the student you sponsor
- Annual updates from the social worker on general performance both in school and in community service at Ruben Centre
- Personally written letters emailed to you from the student
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By: Margaret Kariuki
PR/Advocacy & Networking coordinator