helping people survive and recover from forced displacement through Secondary School Scholarships

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We are working to sponsor forcibly displaced youth through secondary school in Kenya, with a priority of sponsoring refugee girls.

Need: The UN reports that only 23% of refugee adolescents go to school. This is not because they don't want to go to school. The primary barrier is cost (e.g. school fees, uniforms, books, transportation, etc.). The need is greatest among refugee girls. In Kenya, there are only 4 refugee girls enrolled in secondary school for every 10 refugee boys. [Click here for more related information]

In 2018, National Presbyterian Church (Washington, D.C.) initiated a partnership with IAFR to begin this scholarship program by commiting to sponsoring 5 forcibly displaced girls in Kakuma, Kenya. In close consultation with National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK), our primary partner in Kakuma, IAFR met with Windle International Kenya (WIK), a NGO serving refugees in Kakuma that specializes in refugee education. Together we identified three girls from the refugee camp (South Sudanese, Congolese and Burundian) and two girls from the IDP camp as the first scholarship recipients. They will begin school in late 2018!

Goal:  The cost of sponsoring 1 refugee through four years of secondary boarding school in Kenya is $5,500 (including tuition, travel, medical, books, allowance and monitoring). Thanks to National Presbyterian Church, funding is already committed to scholarship the first five girls through secondary school. We would like to see another five refugee girls sponsored by April 2019.

Strategy: We are partnering with Windle Trust, an NGO in Kakuma with lots of experience and systems in place to facilitate the refugee scholarship program. NCCK, our primary NGO partner agency in Kakuma is assisting IAFR with logistics and monitoring of the scholarship program.

Opportunity: We encourage you, your church or small group to consider changing the life of a girl in Kakuma through a secondary school scholarship of $5,500. Together we can meet our goal of sponsoring another 5 girls by April 2019! Currently donations must be sent by mail to IAFR, P.O. Box 1405, Wheaton, IL  60187. Be sure to include a note designating the gift for "Kakuma Secondary School Scholarship" An online option is forthcoming.

Project Partners: National Presbyterian Church, Windle Trust, National Council of Churches, Kenya

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