Providing all of the support necessary for the children to stay in school is a top priority. While primary school is free in Kenya, the cost of a uniform and other school supplies can be prohibitive. Secondary school students require tuition, uniforms, supplies such as scientific calculators, and exam fees.
Each of the secondary school students receiving tuition support meets regularly in a peer support group. All of these students have had difficult lives, enduring the death of one or both parents and living in homes with meager resources. Some students come from households with no adult present and must run the household as well as keeping up with their school work. In spite of these challenges, many are performing at the top of their class.
Judith Achieng Amollo is the chair of the Peer Group and writes the following: “It is because of this organization that we happen to know each other today. Umoja group has made us to come together, i.e., students from different schools, and now we call ourselves Umoja Family. As a family we have a vision of having a bright future and helping those who might be in need of our help. We aspire, as a family, to make contributions and open an account. To help the sick and needy in the society, by visiting them and giving them hope in any way possible, just like you’ve done for us.”