We started supporting our first 2 students in Kenya in 2008 – since then we have supported a total of 87 students in Kenya at both secondary and further education levels. The students are training in all kinds of fields – medicine, business, civil engineering and teaching to name a few – and at some of the most recognised institutions including Jomo Kenyatta and Egerton Universities. We support students with a clear link to Taita-Taveta county – read more here.
The goal is that after achieving professional qualifications, students supported by the Rafiki Thabo will then be able to support themselves and their families. We can see that this is already happening with the 28 graduates we have supported in Kenya and the more we can support, the greater the long term impact will be. Most of them have found decent paid jobs, for example as Accountants, Teachers and roles in businesses in Sales, Marketing and HR, which they would not have got without their degree. Without support, all of our students would have had to drop out of education – a year’s fees at university costs a little over £900, a huge financial burden to a family, if indeed the student has one.
One of the students we have supported, Nicholas Ayiesa, graduated from KCA University in Kenya in 2013 – against all the odds! Nicholas was born into a poor, rural community and as a fatherless child had to battle against stigma and fight for his education. His story shows us what can be achieved with a lot of determination – and a helping hand from Rafiki Thabo!
Nicholas is now working in the Accounts department of a Children’s Centre. He has also established a Rafiki Thabo alumni association called ‘Blessed to Bless’ (B2B) and we are excited to be working with him to build up this network to be able to help even more students in Kenya.
As more of our students graduate, we are supporting an increasing number of secondary school students. Some of those students go to ACK (Anglican Church of Kenya) St. Bartholomew’s Secondary School in Voi. We are building a strong link with this school, through its former headmaster, Bishop Liverson Mng’onda, who is on our committee. We have also recently merged with the Kazi Mingi Foundation which has supported the school since its establishment.
Our work in Kenya is managed by a committee of local volunteers who are respected members of the community in Taita-Taveta. You can read more about our committee here.
You can ‘meet’ some of our students and graduates in Kenya here.
Learn more about the Education sector in Kenya.