CLASS OF 2022
Wilson was born in to a poor family of rural farmers. A few year ago, he survived a famine that left many of his fellow villagers dead including his brother. Last year, Wilson scored 405 out of 500 points in the Kenya national primary (elementary/middle) school exam. He was among the top students in the nation but his mom could not afford to pay for his high school education. When Wilson reported to high school with no money to pay his school fees, he was turned away. He did not let this deter him. He and his mom kept looking for ways to raise the money. They finally came across our scholarship through the help of social media and good Samaritans. We are happy to report that at 15 years old, Wilson is now attending one of the top national high schools in Kenya as a Rehema Scholar. Wilson wants to be a surgeon.
This year, Florence could have been in her third year of high school and preparing to start her senior year, but she is not. She scored highly in her national primary school exams, and could have enrolled at any high school of her choice but her parents did not have enough money to send her to high school. Florence started her first year of high school just this January after she received a scholarship from Rehema Education Fund. She plans to be an accountant when she grows up. Rehema would love to see this dream fulfilled (read more).
At 12 years old, Alice is a freshman (Form 1) student in high school. She lost her mother while in primary school which was really heartbreaking. She lost hope, as her only support system was taken away. Alice’s aunt who is a single parent with 3 children of her own, took her in and has since been her guardian. Rehema Education Fund was a welcome sigh of relief for this young lady. When she grows up, she plans to be a doctor and help Kenyan families lacking access to health care. Her dream is to open her own hospital to make this happen. We at Rehema, are proud to be part of this dream and hope to make it come true. The sky's the limit Alice!
Redempta’s parents live below the poverty line and have struggled to pay for their family’s basic needs. Over the years, they also struggled to pay for her education but she did not see this as a drawback but as a reason to work hard. She wants to be a doctor. Redempta is also passionate about giving back to her community and one of her dreams is to establish a charitable foundation. She is currently a freshman (Form 1) student on the Rehema scholarship.
Nancy is part of our 2022 cohort. Her mother abandoned her when she was little and she never knew her father. She was raised by her aunt but unfortunately her aunt passed away a few years ago. Nancy now lives with her late aunt’s mother-in-law. She is a strong young lady and we know she will achieve whatever she sets her mind to. Nancy will be starting her second year of high school in 2019.
Born in a family of 9 kids, Faith is the second of her siblings to go to high school. At 16, she joined high school on a Rehema Education Fund scholarship. Her parents live under the poverty line in a semi-arid part of Kenya. They are farmers but struggle to provide for the family as drought is a common occurrence in her village. They have had to go to bed hungry on several occasions. Despite these obstacles, Faith has excelled in her studies. We at Rehema believe in her and we are here to support her as she works towards her goals.
CLASS of 2020
Jackson will be starting his junior year (Form 3) of high school in January, 2019.
Jackson's family is part of the internally displaced people (IDPs), who were affected by the 2007 - 2008 post-election violence in Kenya. Jackson's father works as a security guard and earns a monthly salary of $25 (Kshs. 2,500). Imagine trying to feed a family of five using $25, it is incredibly difficult. The cost of yearly high school education is about $546, there is absolutely no way that his father would be able to finance his education.
CLASS of 2019
Cherry is a junior in high school. She lost her father at a very young age. She and her brother depend on her widowed mother’s meager earnings from casual jobs, and help from well wishers. During her first and second year in high school, Cherry was sent home from school numerous times because her family could not afford to pay her tuition. Even though being sent home interrupted her school work, it did not dampen her spirits. Cherry now has Rehema! She will be a senior (Form 4) next year. She plans to sit for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam in November of 2019. Cherry wants to be a doctor.