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In 2011 we started providing scholarships for the 9 top achievers at the only secondary school in the Ndandini area. In 2022 we have now increased that to 118 at Kyaithani and Lower Yatta Secondary Schools. There are over 400 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?
US$400 is the cost for school fees, a uniform and books for a child for a year. We provide a CAD$110 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, October 8, 2017

Extracts from Thank You Letters from scholarship recipients at Kyaithani Secondary School 2017

Here are extracts from some of the Thank You letters to our donors received from the scholarship recipients at Kyaithani Secondary School.

Your support of our scholarship program is making a huge difference in the lives of these young adults.  Many would not still be in school without their scholarship support.  Many are looking forward to in turn giving back to their community because of what you have done for them.  

Thank you donors!  Please consider supporting our scholarship fund again this year. Hopefully we can increase the number of scholarships beyond the 36 we provided to Kyaithani Secondary and the 24 provided to Lower Yatta Secondary.

Isaac W, Form 4, Kyaithani Secondary School
I thank the Almighty God for granting you with a heart of giving without expecting anything back.  I want to pass along my sincere gratitude for the scholarship you have been offering to us.  For sure, if it were not for your support I would not be where I am today.  On behalf of all the students, our sincere thanks for providing us with computers and solar lights.  They have facilitated and improved our level of learning.  I promise to continue to work hard and I know your support of us will not be in vain.  I urge you please do not lose hope in us because we are the leaders of tomorrow.

Jan receives the 36 Thank You letters from the Kyaithani scholarship students
Stephen K, Form 2, Kyaithani Secondary School
I take this Almighty given chance to thank you for your efforts of keeping me in our beloved school.  We are humbled and grateful to you for the computers and solar lights.  Let me pass on congratulations for your projects and great things you have done and even brought to our school.  Please know the important role that you have played to us.

Joyce M, Form 4, Kyaithani Secondary School
I want to thank you for the support of my education.  My background is not that pleasing and my parents earn little from their daily work.  Your kindness has reduced a burden for my parents.  I really appreciate our work and pray that you be blessed for your kindness.  Since you sponsored me, I committed myself to work hard to do the same in our society as well as in the world.  Yours Faithfully

Absalum K, Form 1, Kyaithani Secondary School
I write this letter to appreciate you for the goodness you have brought to us.  I want to appreciate you for the money you have given to help my parents pay my school fees.  I also want to appreciate you for the computers you have brought for us.  We have been learning through them and they have helped us to know many things.  I also want to thank you for the solar lights.  They are helping me improve my performance.I really appreciate all the support you have put towards our school.

Simon M, Form 3, Kyaithani Secondary School
I want to pass my gratitude for your scholarship program.  Because of it, I have managed to be in school all the time.  It has also led to an improvement in my grades.  I also want to appreciate you for the installation of the computers which has led to an expansion of our minds.

Aron S, Kyaithani Secondary School
Your scholarship support has enabled me to do well in my studies.  I have benefited much from this because I have never been sent home for school fees.  I also thank you for the computers.  they have been helping us so much.  They have enabled us to access important information in our studies.  I do request you to continue supporting us.

Peter K, Form 2, Kyaithani Secondary School
thank you for the scholarship that I have received since Form 1.  As a result of your scholarship I have managed to stay in school which has led to improved grades.  Thanks also for the computers.  They have helped us to access the internet and learn more and expand our minds.  This has improved our studies.  Thanks too for the solar lights.  Our parents are faced by low economic status and are not able to provide light on a daily basis without them.

Elvis W, Form 2, Kyaithani Secondary School
I thank you for taking part in paying my school fees.  that has always been a big challenge.  We are very happy and grateful that your have brought computers to our school.  We can now access information that we need.  I pray for the Almighty Lord to bless you.

Hellen M, Form 2, Kyaithani Secondary School
Your scholarship project has been assisting me since 2015.  Thank you.  Many students have been struggling to find their school fees.   But many now are greatly benefiting so much.  Thanks for the computers.  We operate them into the late hours in order to expand our brains.

Benson F, Form 2, Kyaithani Secondary School
Through the scholarships you have maintained us in school so we rarely have to go home for school fees.  Thank you.  Also thanks for the solar lights.  We have been reading at night and also at home.  Feel much appreciated.

Margaret K, Form 1, Kyaithani Secondary School
I am very thankful for your contribution to my school fees.  You have assisted my parents very much to let me acquire an education.  I have managed to remain in school all the time and this has led to improvement in my grades.  Thanks too for your support of the computers.  We learn through computers and we get more education.  Computers have made my learning easier and I have been improving in my academics.

Purity K, Form 1, Kyaithani Secondary School
Thank you for the scholarship.  If it were not for you, my parents could not make it.  Your contribution towards my school fees has made me improve in my studies.  I am thankful for the computers that allow me to google for information I want.  The solar lights make reading more comfortable when the supply of electric if low.  I am pulling up my socks knowing that this shall determine my future.  Thank you for your support.  May God bless you.

Lydiah M, Form 1, Kyaithani Secondary School
Thank you for supporting us as students.  Everybody can now operate the computers that you provided.  We are all very happy and proud of that.  I thank you too for the assistance with school fees.

Joseph F, Form 1, Kyaithani Secondary School
I appreciate the fee payment which has enabled my parents to keep me in school most of the time.  This has really helped me and helped my parents since they have low economic status.  After my secondary education I wish to join university.

Agnes F, Form 4, Kyaithani Secondary School
I appreciate your scholarship.  It has really helped my studies.  I also want to thank you for the solar lights.  Our parents could not afford buying fuel daily but because of the solar lights we have benefited from them.  Feel much appreciated and may the Almighty God, the giver of everything, shower his blessings on you for the work that you have done.

 Mary M, Form 4, Kyaithani Secondary School
I pass my gratitude to you for the loving and kind work you have done to my life in school through paying for my fees.  If it were not for your support I could not be where I am now.  The computer labs have helped us improve our academics.  They have enabled us to access the internet for past revision papers and find more information when we do not understand.  

Shadrack N, Form 4, Kyaithani Secondary School
Thank you for supporting my school fees payment.  This program has helped many students, including me, where my parents were not able to pay the required fee amount. I also want to mention your school development project.  The computers have improved our teaching system in our school.  The teachers and students have done many researches concerning the teaching program.

Gladys T, Form 4, Kyaithani Secondary School
I extend my gratitude for your scholarship.  It is as a result of your scholarship that I have managed to remain in school and improved my grades.  Thank you for all that you are doing to better our education.

Kiema M, Form 2, Kyaithani Secondary School
Thank you for your contribution in paying my school fees.  It is my gratitude that you have been working hard, doing all that you can to keep me at school.This has reduced my cases of always being on my way back home going for school fees.  I am doing my best in my studies.  How I pray that you continue paying so as to give me a chance to be always in school.

Mercy M, Form 3, Kyaithani Secondary School 
Thank you for your scholarship and the schools computers and the Solar lights.  Nothing we can pay you, just to put a lot of efforts into our studies and pray for the Mighty God to bless you.

Isaac S, Kyaithani Secondary School
Thank you for playing a key role in my upkeep at school.  Your support has improved my performance.  Thank you for the development program you have brought to our school.  Thank you for the solar lights and the tractor that brings clean water to our school.  Thank you for all you are doing to better our education and better our lives.

Benson M, Kyaithani Secondary School
I honour and appreciate your providence towards the success of my education.  You've kept me in school and led to improvement in my performance.  Thanks too for the solar lights that don't affect my eyes like the smokey light did before.  Thanks too for the computers that are adding value to our intellectual aspects.  May God assign angels to protect you wherever you go.

James R, Form 4, Kyaithani Secondary School
I appreciate your assistance towards my education.  The scholarship program has really assisted me as well as my parents since they are of low economic status.  i have spent most of my time at school since Form 1.  If it were not for you I would not be in school.  I also acknowledge the development that you brought to our school with the computers  which are helping all the students as we access most of the information from the computers.

Extracts from Thank You Letters from scholarship recipients at Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School 2017

These comments, taken from some of the 24 thank you letters written to our donors, clearly show the appreciation of the students for your support - and how important these sponsorships are to them. 

Thank you, donors!  Read, enjoy, and be proud to be a part of helping these students who regard their education as so important to their future,

Stellah K, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
The Scholarship that you provided has benefitted me a lot.  It has assisted me to stay in school.  I have not taken this for granted.  I am woking hard to achieve my goals.

Jalinta P, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
If it were not for your sponsorship, most of us would have missed classes because of lack of enough school fees.  Your sponsorship has helped us improve our academics.  Our school is really benefitting from you.  Before you sponsored our school we could not know how to operate computers.

Faith J, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
I also appreciate the solar lights that you provided to us.  We have been studying well even in the absence of electricity.

Beatrice M, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
My parents were very happy because of your sponsorship.  They struggle much to get my school fees.  You have helped me so much.  I assure you that I will read so much and attain my goals.

Jedidah M, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
Thank you for your love towards me and my family.  For sure you have done something important in my life because my parents are very poor.   I am really working hard to achieve my education goals.

Purity K, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
I want to thank you for your support that you gave me of school fees.  My parents are happy for your sponsorship.  They were struggling too much to keep me in school as well as my brothers and sisters.  So it was too difficult for them to find school fees.  They kept on reminding me to work hard in my studies.  When they heard that you have sponsored some students in school they appreciated you.  Also you helped students that came from different backgrounds and some orphans.  As a student I will work harder in order to achieve my goal and also to improve my academic performance.

Mary M, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
Thank you for paying my school fees.  This has also encouraged me to appreciate going to school and reading.  I am happy to work hard to attain my dreams of being a cardiologist in my future life. Our school is also improved because of the computers you have given to our school.  They have improved our skills and knowledge.  We have also learned how to exchange different information and videos with other students outside Kenya.  Because of that I am very happy.

Jane KLower Yatta Girls Secondary School
I am surely glad that you have sponsored me and devoted to pay our school fees which most of the times is a load for our parents.  If it were not of your sponsorship I would most of the times have to go to collect school fees at home but now that is not the case.  Due to your mercies I am doing well in class.  May God Almighty bless you abundantly and increase your pockets for good work which is awaiting you to the needy.

Carolyne J, Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School
The main aim of my letter is to appreciate you for the good work that you have done to most of the students in our school.  I am also one of them who are under your sponsorship.  When I heard about your sponsorship I just knelt down to the most high God to have mercy on me.  The reason of being happy is just because I want to be an important person in the world and to build my future life.  May the Almighty God bless you.

Betty MLower Yatta Girls Secondary School
I kindly appreciate your sponsorship.  I want to assure you that through your sponsorship I'm going to double my efforts in academics.  My parents back at home are very happy for your good work.  Thank you.

Pascala PLower Yatta Girls Secondary School
Thank you for your scholarship.  It is my hope that if I continue working hard I will have a good grade.  I promise you that I will press on with my studies up to Form four and then press on to the University level.  May God bless you.

The 400 girls at Lower Yatta Secondary with their new solar lights. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Scholarship program WORKS!

Jan & Terry just visited the now 8 schools in the Kyaithani Cluster of 2 Secondary and 6 primary schools in Kenya.

While there they were surprised to meet up with Patrick.  Patrick received one of the original scholarships back in 2011.  He achieved the highest grades so far recorded at Kyaithani Secondary and successfully went on to university.
Patrick with Terry, Darcy and Jan and Kimali his original principal from Kyaithani Secondary School

He is just graduating with his B. Commerce and will soon be working with one of Kenya's Banks.

Terry and Jan met up Patrick during their visit to Ndunguni Primary school.  Patrick was there trying to encourage these young students to study hard and get ahead in life because of education.
The young Ndunguni primary students so eager to learn

Thanks to all our donors who support our scholarship program.

We look forward to hearing many more good stories like this one.

The scholarship program is working!!

This year 2017 we are sponsoring 60 students in the scholarship program.
Jan receives thank you letter from the 36 scholarship students at Kyaithani Secondary School

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Exam results and Letter of Appreciation from Kyaithani

Below is a letter that I just received from the vice-principal at Kyaithani Secondary.  it is very encouraging that the donations from all our donors to the scholarship program are showng results and benefiting the the students, school and community.
Thanks everyone for your support.
Regarding KCSE  Results 2016

Greetings all Donors

We have come to the end of first week of the new school year.  We are doing well with teachers and students having been settled for the much work ahead.

Allow me please to brief you on our KCSE results for 2016 (last year).  Out of our 42 students that were in Form 4, we have five who have scored  C plus and above and so they qualify for public universities admission mid this year.

As teachers, students and the entire Kyaithani community, we are all happy and excited by the results.

The most IMPORTANT thing about these results and in particular the five students who qualify for public universities admission is that, all have been recipients and beneficiaries of your scholarships all through since form one, save for one who joined the school in form three.

As we celebrate their good performance we feel Terry , Jan and the entire donors community need to be part of this celebration. We strongly believe to a great extend, this is as a result of your help and assistance through the scholarships that enabled the said to be in school, without which, probably they would not have made to this far or more precise, they would not have performed this marvellous.

We really take pride and honour in the good work you are doing with your team. Let all the donors understand, we value and appreciate their efforts and it is not in vain but it is transforming many lives, families livelihood and by extension, the community.

Lots of love and appreciation all from Kyaithani community

Eliud, Vice Principal Kyaithani Secondary School

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pending Famine in Ndandini - Scholarship help essential - you can help

January has seen the start of a new school year and should also be seeing the implementation of the solar light rent-to-own program at Kyaithani and Lower Yatta Secondary schools.  Last year there were slightly over 200 students in each of these schools.  So by the end of January there could be over 400 solar lights in use by these students. 

Because of donations from many individuals like you, last year we were able to provide 48 scholarships for the top achievers of these 400+ students.  There are so many more students whose parents also have difficulty providing the money for the school fees.  Life is very hard in the Kyaithani area and average income is less than a dollar a day.  So you can imagine that school fees of $300-400 per year per student is a real hardship - and many families have several children to worry about.

I hope that you can help support our scholarship program this year.  Any amount helps.  You can contribute on our blogspot .

Kimali, the principal of Kyaithani Secondary, has just reported:

We thank God for the good start of the New Year, 2017.  We have resumed schooling after a long vacation. The KCSE examination results are out and the Kyaithani Cluster schools have done well. The KCPE examination results were released earlier and the performance by the cluster pupils was impressive. We expect to receive better calibre of students in Form One, next week.

Thanks a lot and may God bless you for the good work you have been doing for the good of the Kyaithani Cluster pupils, students and villagers.

However, the villagers and students are facing another tough year.  As Eliud, the vice-principal of Kyaithani secondary reports:

The year does not seem promising for the area is very dry and rains have not been adequate to produce crops.  People here relay on rains for their crops and incomes , so we are likely to face a lot of challanges in terms of school fees payments.

Our partner, Kenya Connect, who will be implementing the solar light rent-to-own program has just advised:

We have had to postpone the issuance of solar lights from next week 10th to January 17th. Unfortunately, Kyaithani Secondary School has had to send almost all their students home to bring back school fees by today.  Eliud said that the students usually take a week plus before they can come back to school with the money.

Providing scholarships for these students is a big help for those students who get them.  Here are a few appreciative comments from the 48 letters that we received from last year's scholarship students when we visited the schools in October 2016:

You have relieved my parents of a heavy burden in paying the school fees of which they could not have managed on their own.  Frida  Form 1 Kyaithani Secondary School

Many students have been suffering a lot due to lack of school fees and you have helped them to get back to school.  Elvis  Form 1 Kyaithani Secondary School

Your sponsorship has enabled me to remain in school all day through and this has improved my learning. Mary  Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School

Since you took the chance to offer me a scholarship I have never been sent home for school fees.  I promise to work extra hard to get best grade.  Monica  Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School

I am really happy because of the change in my school fees payment because I have been attending all classes and not missing one due to lack of school fees.  Joyce  Form 3 Kyaithani Secondary School

My scholarship has helped me very much because since I reported in Kyaithani I have never gone home for school fees.  Aron  Form 2 Kyaithani Secondary School

Sometimes before your scholarship sponsorship I could be sent home for money and I could take some time at home which contributed to my failure at school.  Since your scholarship I have remained in school and have also improved my grades.  Gladys  Form 3  Kyaithani Secondary SchoolPresident of the student body)

You have helped many of us throughout the year by assiting in paying our school fees.  You have also bought us computers which are known to be expensive.  Our parents back at home appreciate this so much for they don't struggle now in paying the school fee.  Jacinta  Lower Yatta Girls Secondary School

Since I joined this school I have seen any students prosper in their lives due to your scholarships. I thank our Almighty God for giving you a heart of giving.  Mary Form 3 Kyaithani Secondary School

Before I had your scholarship I had always been chased for school fees now and then.  I am really grateful for your assistance.  Miriam Form 4 Kyaithani Secondary School

Were it not for your scholarship I would have had a very tough time in school since I would not have been able to pay for all expenses for my school fees.  Cosmos  Form 4  Kyaithani Secondary School

If it were not for you I could have faced hard times in my payment of my school fees.  Videllis  Form 4 Kyaithani Secondary School

If it were not for you I would not have come this far since my parent is a farmer.  She has low income and in our family we are two children and we all need school fees.  Form 3 Kyaithani Secondary School

I have benefited much from your scholarship and if it were not for you, probably I could not have been in school to achieve my dream, which is to be a doctor, as my parents are unable to pay all my school fees.  Shadrack  Form 3 Kyaithani Secondary School

If it were not for you I would not have come this far in school because my guardian is not able to raise my school fees.  Jacklin  Form 3  Kyaithani Secondary School

 Without your sponsorship I would not have come this far as my parents have low economic status.  I have seen many students benefiting from the scholarships and have better lives.  I thank our Almighty Lord for giving you a heart of giving.  James  Form 3 Kyaithani Secondary School

I am the eldest in a family of four children and two parents.  I am aspiring to become a lawyer so tht I can talk and speak for the rights of the weak and disabled.  I thank you for your scholarship because if it were not for your sponsorship I could be at home heopless and definitely without the focus that I now have.  Benson  Form 2 Kyaithani Secondary School

Since my parents are of low economic status I could not make it if it were not for your scholarship donation.  Please feel very appreciated.  Isaac  Form 3 Kyathiani Secondary School

You have assisted me so much.  I had been struggling to get school fees for the past two terms before I received your scholarship.  Because you realized that it is important fo me to get enough education, I promise to try my best and work harder.  Hellen  Form 1  Kyaithani Secondary School