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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Donors increase 2015 scholarships to 35. Great emails from Kyaithani Secondary

Because of the generosity of our donors, we have been able to increase the number of scholarships for Kyaithani Secondary School students this year (2015) to 35 from 29 last year.

Thank you, our donors, for your ongoing generosity and interest in these students from a desperately poor and famine prone area of eastern Kenya.

Below are two emails just received today (17June) from the Principal of the school and from the President of the students.  They so clearly state how much the scholarships mean to the students and how much benefit they are providing.

We encourage everyone to keep supporting this scholarship program and help spread the word to others who might be interested in also helping.  Terry & Jan

Email from the Principal, Kyaithani Secondary School

Jambo Terry.

The scholarship program is one of the major ways in which the donors have influenced the lives of students in Kyaithani High School. In addition to helping the bright needy students acquire education, the initiative has inculcated a spirit of healthy competition among the learners leading to improved academic performance and as well built a name for the school in the locality.

As we appreciate the economic fact that resources are scarce and the tedious task of mobilizing funds from donors, we pray that God works out a way to get more donor funding to even expand the program.

Regards. Kimali

Email from the Student President, Kyaithani Secondary School
Hello our kind and loving donors. I am Carol, President of the student body of Kyaithani Secondary School, writing on behalf of my fellow scholarship recipients.
Our appreciation and gratitude to you is beyond what we can explain. Most of us had almost lost access to education.
We met today and when we discussed your goodness to us we asked our teachers for your contact addresses just to extend our gratitude to you. Feel loved and appreciated by us for your kindness to us. Those of us who are in the fourth level (grade 12) promise to work hard to earn ourselves good certificates. Our dear principal and teachers have offered to us both moral and academic guidance and through them we have enjoyed peace and kept disciplined.
The bad news about the fire that burnt two boys sleeping houses at our school in May caught us at a surprise but taught us a lesson that we could be having some enemies either from within us or from around who either don't love us or envy us. We have learnt today from our teachers that our donors are working some good plans to replace the lost items and we thank you in advance.
Our trip to Nairobi that you sponsored us several years ago is very fresh in our minds and we keep on talking about it to our juniors who had not joined the school by then. There is constant supply of water from the borehole and we enjoy and make use of the installed lighting system. We have had a chance to email students in Chatelech Secondary School today and we hope this will continue.
We look foward to your next visit in our school

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