Sponsor a child

Sponsor a child in Kenya

Sponsor a  child in Kenya, Africa through primary education. We only support those children who would not go to school without your help.

Comments from sponsors who support a child in Kenya:

“Thanks for the letter from Gabriel. It’s all so very humbling.”

“My children (aged 16 and 13) really are learning so much about the Maasai culture through our association with the charity. It has encouraged them to seek out more information on Kenya and to really think about the issues of social inequality. In a way, you are helping to educate them and all the other families who sponsor children to attend the school, which is really quite something.”

Selecting children?
In this Maasai area of Kenya, everyone is poor, so we have to be careful that we chose the very poor over the poor. Children are selected on a needs basis. Orphans or children from a single mother are automatically considered and next, children from parents where neither have a job. These children would not go to school without this sponsorship. Most of the sponsored children attend the Osiligi Obaya school (the school built by the Charity) but some attend other schools. Currently, 3 of our sponsors have continued to support their sponsored child at secondary schools.

Cost?
Sponsorship is £17 per month, which covers:

  • school fees
  • books, computers, teaching materials
  • a  morning milky tea or porridge and a mid day school lunch.
  • Free primary health care at the school clinic.

The child’s family pays all other expenses such as uniform, although the charity will cover these in cases of extreme hardship. We also ask the child’s family to pay £2 per month to the school and 60p per month to the clinic as their contribution to the school’s running cost. Again, this is omitted in the case of extreme hardship.

Receiving a sponsor's letter.
Receiving a sponsor’s letter.

Contact
The children make regular contact by writing or drawing pictures. In Kenya, all school teaching is in English so the letters are in English from about age 8 and they give an interesting insight into the Maasai culture and lifestyle. The younger children keep in contact through drawing and school work. The new school has email, so the older children will use this for contact.  We take photos or videos each time we visit (every 3 months or so), meet the headteacher and inform sponsors on attendance and progress.

How is the sponsorship money used?
100% is used to support the children by paying their school fees. As the charity only has volunteers, nothing is deducted for any UK expenses as we are a 100% charity. At school, the children receive a mid morning snack and lunch. For many of the poorer children, this is the only solid food they will receive during the day. During the school holidays and at weekends, many will only have milk from their family’s cattle. Some sponsors are eligible for gift aid and any surplus received from this is used for providing uniform for the poorest children and improving the school to provide a better education for all.

Writing a letter to their sponsor
Writing a letter to their sponsor

New sponsors required
Each January, 25 new children start at the school. These children would not attend school without sponsorship. If you would like to becoming a sponsor, please contact helen.pannell@osiligi.org who will provide further details. We urgently need an additional sponsors for the 25 four year olds starting in January 2017. Sponsoring a Kenyan child really does make a difference to their lives. See the facebook page for the latest pictures of the new school and comments from other sponsors.

Many of our new sponsors are friends and relatives of existing sponsors, so I guess we are doing something right!

Have a question? Perhaps our frequently asked questions page about sponsorship can help.

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