KE 22 – EDUCATION: BUILDING A FUTURE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
The project is carried out in Adu, a small village located not far from the coast of Kenya overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is a mission opened a few years ago, where the population is mainly Giriama who lives on subsistence agriculture, mostly corn cultivation.
In recent years in this area the rain is increasingly scarce, putting the population in difficulty because the cultivated fields cannot reach full maturity. Due to the lost harvest, families find it increasingly difficult to look after their children and parents are moving further and further away to find ways to survive.
Children and adolescents are those who suffer most in this situation, often left to themselves with problems bigger than them to solve such as finding food and looking after the little ones. In this context, young people find it difficult to imagine a possible future.
The aim of the project is to support scholarships for some teenagers who love school and have high grades but come from families that cannot support them financially. In Adu there are very few young people who have managed to get beyond the educational level of high school.
The desire is that some of these young people will be able to get a university degree and a job to allow a more sustainable lifestyle so as to encourage others to pursue studies. The project involves the payment of secondary school fees for 9 boys and the university fees at Egerton University (one of the best universities in Agriculture in Kenya) for one young boy. These young people during the year are accompanied to follow their academic progress.
- To support nine motivated young people with high grades in the secondary school with fees and a university student
- To help young people open up a more sustainable future for themselves and their families
- To motivate and give hope to other young people through the testimony of success of the seven.
Direct: 9 young people from Secondary school and one university student
Indirect: their families
Referent sister of the project: Sr. Isabel Gomes