Phyllis Wanjiru

phylliswanjiru@africaheart.com

Kids for School (KFS) Project

The Kids for School (KFS) Project is an arm of HEART’s Women Equality Empowerment Project (WEEP), aimed at keeping the children of the WEEP mothers in school. In addition to supporting children of WEEP mothers, we also support education in a remote Maasai Village called Oldonyonyokie in Kajiado County. HEART has supported the Vickie Nosim Winkler Dormitory a girls dormitory with a bed capacity of 64. HEART also takes care of upkeep cost for the girls in the dorm who are at risk of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. This dormitory provides a safe environment for the girls to access education.

The Kids for School Project is based on 3 pillars:

School fees payment: Keeping needy children in school through the provision of school fees.

Improving the learning environment: through the provision of school supplies like school uniforms, desks, chairs, tables, water tanks, mosquito nets and exam preparation kits for the schools.

Mentorship: we provide life skills training to our beneficiaries to make them all-rounded individuals. Some of the key issues addressed during mentorship sessions include decision making, sexuality education, character & leadership career choice and academic excellence

 

Kids for School Project Success

Since inception HEART has impacted over 9,000 children across Kenya with the said services. We have a wealth of alumni, now working professionals who are breaking poverty cycles in their families. So far, we have 3 medical doctors, 1 lawyer, 1 industrial chemist, 2 nurses, 1 actuary, 1 social worker, 1 food scientist, 2 accountants and 14 teachers. We have 254 others are being supported in primary, secondary, colleges, and universities.

School fees support: 767 children from the Kids for School and WEEP projects have been supported with school fees for an average of 3.2 years each; 3,730 children supported with uniforms and scholastic materials; 1,101 children have been mentored and offered psycho-social support.

Improved learning facilities: 4 schools have benefited from significant infrastructure improvements that have created conducive learning environments for thousands of primary school students. 3,042 children in 1,014 households have benefitted with solar lamps through the Kids for School (KFS) project in 6 counties to enhance children’s learning, light and income generation for the households.

Provision of service standards: 8,841 children have been supported with OVC service standards: shelter, nutrition, health, protection, or support for psychological and social problems. This is creating an impact that reaches the next three generations.

Skill development: 10 young adult children of WEEP mothers in Manga, Kisii have been further empowered through skills development in woodturning ensuring they have opportunities for income generation.