Become a scholarship Supporter

In 2011 we started providing scholarships for the 9 top achievers at the only secondary school in the Ndandini area. In 2019 we have now increased that to 66. There are now 410 desperately poor students at Kyaithani and Lower Yatta Secondary Schools striving to get an education so they can better their lives. Can you help us increase the number of scholarships that we provide?
$300 is the cost for school fees, a uniform and books for a child for a year. We provide a $150 per year scholarship to the top students based on their academic achievement. We are looking for donations in any amount.
Donors to the scholarships will be able to follow our progress on this blogspot as we post information about the children being sponsored, photos and letters.
100% of the donations received go to the students and the Board of Governors accounts to us for the funds. There are no deductions for fundraising or administration.
Like the students and their parents, we know that without an education there is little hope for them to make a better life for themselves.

Unlike in Canada, families in Kenya have to pay school fees and provide uniforms and books in order for their children to attend high school. Many children are forced to drop out because, with family incomes of less than $1/day, their families cannot afford to pay the school costs.

Donations in any amount will receive a tax receipt (for Canadian income tax returns).
CLICK HERE to donate.

We have a proven track record of successful projects in the Ndandini and Kyaithani area since 2007. For more information about all our projects in Ndandini visit

Watch a YouTube summary of all our work at Ndandini since September 2007 by clicking HERE .
For more information about the scholarship program contact me at .

Terry Umbach

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Letter/commitment from Kimali, Principal of Kyaithani High School

Dear Potential Donors.

The Ndandini Water Project Dedication on Sunday September 5th, 2010 presented a rare opportunity for the Kyaithani Cluster Community (the students and parents of the high school and 5 primary schools in the immediate Ndandini area) to interact with the donors from Canada and Elsewhere.

On behalf of the community and the school children, I wish to thank you so much for sparing your time and resources to bring hope and enlightenment to such a distant village. The students are very grateful that you visited them that the interaction would provide lasting memories and an opportunity to better them selves through quality education.

I am impressed by your desire to organize a sponsorship program to help further the education of the students. I must confess that this great idea has come at the most opportune time when a large number of our students are on the verge of despair due to the break-up of the family unit and object poverty.

The selection of the students to benefit from the sponsorship program would be based on the state of need, the level of discipline and the academic ability so as to enhance social and economic viability of the program.

In the exchange for the sponsorship, the parents would commit to create and maintain an environment suitable for the full exploitation of the academic potential of the students. The parents could also shoulder part of the cost as active partners with the donors in the provision of teaching and learning materials. 

On their part, the students would give a firm commitment to behave responsibly, to manage their time properly and to spare no effort in promoting their academic progress and social acceptability.

The school would undertake to administer the sponsorship funds in the most prudent and accountable manner for the benefit of the needy students. The school would also make sufficient disclosures of all the undertaking through regular report to the sponsors. The sponsored students would be allowed and enabled to connect directly with the sponsors through letters, pictures, academic performance report forms, duplicate receipts etc.

The sponsorship program is, by all means a very important investment that requires meticulous planning and good structure to ensure its successful implementation for the benefit of the students in Kyaithani Secondary School. The School Board of Governors (B.O.G), as the managers of the school, appointed by the Minister for Education, will play a leading role in the identification of the needy students as well as ensure that the funds actually reach and benefit the deserving cases. The Principal, as the Secretary and chief advisor of the BOG, will ensure transparent and accountable operations of the sponsorship program and give actual and complete reports/updates to the sponsors on regular basis.

Ngumbi Kimali,
Principal, Kyaithani Secondary School

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