Ken is in his last year at secondary school. We have been supporting him for the last two years by paying his school fees. His family background is very poor. Unfortunately Ken suffers with Muscular Dystrophy which makes things even harder for him.
Often Ken arrives late to school and he struggles carrying his books to and from school. His family duties include walking to collect water every morning prior to his even longer slow walk to school.
When Mandy was in Kianjai she visited Ken at school. It was arranged for Ken to have some crutches and a ruck sack and the Principal Teacher agreed that Ken could have two sets of books to make his travelling to and from school less of a hardship.
Oliver & Learn agreed to continue sponsoring Ken beyond secondary education and he is delighted. His determination and renewed hope are what keeps him strong enough to continue this daily endurance.
He wrote this letter in January and handed it to Mandy on her visit…
Make a difference
Each year, Oliver & Learn sponsors students from 11 schools in the rural Kianjai area of Kenya. We help to pay for school fees, books and uniforms – all of the vital things that keep these secondary students in school. Many of these students are orphans. Without this support, they would have to drop out of school and work in subsistence jobs to survive. School fees are only £135 per year, but to many, this is simply unaffordable.
Help Winifred set up her business
We’ve helped students like Winifred set up a business on graduating, by providing them with the tools of their trade. This donation of a sewing machine or plumbing equipment can make a huge difference, whether it’s to young people just starting out in their working lives, or to their family.
Help the community improve their farming techniques
The Kianjai region is subject to regular droughts. This has a disasterous impact on the local community. To improve drought resiliency, a community teaching farm is being developed. The farm will teach techniques for selecting and planting drought resistant crops and encourage the community to develop greater yeilding crops.