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

Friday, January 2, 2015

Big Boost for Scholarships and our FIRST post-secondary vocational training assistance

In early 2014 while in Europe, Jan & Terry met and became friends with a couple.  They have since learned a lot about our passion for the Ndandini area of Kenya and the various projects that we have done there with the financial support of many private individuals and Rotary Clubs around the world.  They were especially pleased to learn that every cent of donation goes to the projects and scholarships that we provide without any deduction for administration or marketing.
Thank You letters from the 29 current scholarship recipients

We are really pleased to announce that they have provided us with a major donation to support our Kyaithani scholarship program and to allow us to initiate a new vocational training assistance program for graduates of Kyaithani Secondary School and Lower Yatta Girls Secondary Boarding School.

The new vocational training assistance will provide tuition assistance for 3 graduating students.  The selected student vocational training must only include for ‘hands on’ blue collar construction trades such as carpenters, welders, masons, plumbers, HVAC, mechanics, tillers, roofers, electricians ,drywallers, painters, cement finishers, steel fabricators, heavy equipment operators, etc.

We will be working with the principals of the two secondary schools to identify appropriate vocational schools and courses, and for the identification of potential candidates for this vocational training assistance.

A very BIG thank you for your donation!  Its because of our very generous donors that we are able to help the very poor students in the Ndandini area of eastern Kenya.

Terry & Jan


  1. Great work you are doing Terry and Jan! May God bless the work of your hands. Let me know how I can be of use to you with my IT skills.

    1. Hi Steve. We have just returned from visiting the two new computer Learning Resource Centres at Kyaithani and Lower Yatta Secondary Schools. Each school now has 21 networked computers, all with satellite access to the internet. It would be great if you, or anyone else in Kenya can help the teahers at these schools to improve their IT skills and help the students get the most benefit from this wonderful new information and teaching tool. Terry

  2. Hi Steve. Sorry. I just saw your comment now after too long a time. email me at so we can talk further about possible ways you can help. We will be installing a computer lab at Kyaithani Secondary in 2016. So exciting!! Terry