Investing in Education
“Challenges makes life interesting. But overcoming them makes life more interesting. And all along, with the help of Umoja, I’ve come this far. I was doing my studies, but I was not sure where the secondary fees would come from or whether I would join the university. But here I am… I’m going to university.”
— Lorite, Umoja student
How We Invest in Students
Providing tuition assistance makes high school (secondary school) an attainable goal for students who achieve academic standards. Our tuition assistance supplements government tuition programs in Kenya.
The Umoja Project also provides tuition support for post-secondary colleges and universities. Currently, we have 60 scholars attending some form of continued education. Umoja has educated nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, electrical and civil engineers, psychologists, teachers, and other disciplines among our alumni.
Providing Basic Needs
Supplying basic needs removes distractions and creates opportunities to build children’s confidence. Our staff in Kenya delivers goods to students such as uniforms and school supplies for primary school students, sanitary towels for adolescent girls, which allows them to attend school regularly, blankets, solar lamps to study after dark, and other necessities.
Proven Impact of These Programs
- Consistently increase the number of students attending primary, secondary, and post-secondary
- Better career opportunities for those who complete education past elementary/middle (primary) school
- Increased confidence and self-esteem when basic needs are met
- Provides a path to independence and financial security for themselves and their family