Taberius Kombo

Taberius is 15 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). He has one brother and two sisters. They stay at a two-room school house in Narok Town in a school, and the school deducts from the father’s salary for the costs of rent. Their father works as a watchman at the school while their mother does casual jobsand small-scale farming. Taberius has completed primary school and is waiting to join high school next year. However, his parents are unable to pay for his schooling. Taberius is a bright student and hopes to become an architect.

Soitanae Loisenke

Soitanae is 17 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). He is the eighth of ten children. His father is polygamous and has four wives. His father is 80 years old and therefore his mother works to provide for the family. She buys and sells charcoal for work. The family divided all their property, but left Soitanae’s mother with no portion. Soitanae grew up with a difficult life. He sometimes goes without food and has missed school for long periods of time due to costs of school fees, books, and shoes. Nasha ministries, the Hope Venture’s partners in Kenya, have given Soitanae’s mother a goat which has given birth twice. This has helped as a source of income. Still, Soitanae needs support in order to go on to high school and attend consistently.

Sharlene Kagai

Sharlene is 13 years old and in class 7 (7th grade). She has three siblings, one brother and two sisters. Sharlene is the second oldest of the children. Currently, Sharlene is in a boarding school which is quite expensive. As well, the school is far away so transportation costs are a barrier. At times, their aunt is able to help cover these costs. Both parents are struggling to support their children through school. Their father works at a stone quarry, but this work is not steady. Their mother is working as a casual nursery school teacher at a public school. The family used to be more secure financially, and during this time they were generous towards their relatives to help pay for their college fees. Now life has changed,  and the family thought it best to seek support for Sharlene’s education.

Sayialel Kuyioni

Sayialel is in class 8 (8th grade). He is the second born of eight children. His older siblings are in high school while his younger siblings are in primary school. Sayialel’s father had another wife who passed away. Three of Sayialel’s siblings are of this wife. Sayialel lives with his father and mother in North Megungi Village in Narok, Kenya. His father rears livestock while his mother does casual work at a nearby farm. It has been burdensome for the parents to earn enough to provide for all their children and get them all through school. Most of Sayialel’s siblings in high school have had to stay home due to large outstanding school fees. Sayialel recently completed his 8th grade exams but has no hope of continuing on to high school without support for school.

Sanare Robinson Ngosila

Sanare is 16 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). He is the fifth born of ten children in his family. While his father was sick with tuberculosis, Sanare’s mother sold some of their land and animals to pay for medical treatment.  However, 10 years ago, Sanare’s father passed away. Since then, it has been the children and their mother on their own. His mother also got infected with tuberculosis but has been able to treat it with medication. Sanare grew up with difficulties as most times it is hard for his mother to provide food for the family. Sanare has also been in and out of school due to lack of finances to pay school fees. These circumstances have led Sanare to seek support to enable him to continue his education.

Pilale Nakola

Pilale is the oldest of six children and is in class 8 (8th grade). She has been studying at the same primary school as her siblings. She grew up in the Mosiro rea of Narok, Kenya. Their mother tends to cattle and sell their milk for an income. However, the prolonged drought has greatly affected the health of the cattle and therefore the family’s income. Now, Pilale’s mother struggles to provide food and meet other family needs. As well, her husband left some years ago and does not help support the family. Pilale hopes to join high school if she can receive support.

Natalie Naserian

Natalie is 15 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). She is the fifth born in a family of eight. Three of her siblings are still in primary school. Their parents divorced when Natalie was young, leaving her under the care of her mother. Her father re-married and has another family. Since then, he has stopped caring for his first family. Natalie’s mother does casual jobs, such as selling vegetables on the roadside, for work. The family lives in a rental home in the Majengo area of Narok, Kenya. The money Natalie’s mother earns is not enough to pay rent and meet the rest of the family’s needs. A lack of finances for school fees, as well as headaches and fainting Natalie has recently been experiencing, has made it hard to attend school consistently and do her best work. Natalie is hopeful to start high school in 2020, and hopes to become a doctor.

Namunyak Kitare

Namunyak is 15 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). Her father has two wives, so Namunyak is the youngest in a large family of 13 kids. Six of the kids are college and two are in high school. The school fees have been overwhelming for the number of kids in the family still in school. Two years ago, Namunyak’s father retired. Because of the great challenges this posed for the family in meeting basic and education needs, he has recently been relying on livestock and farming for income. However, the varied seasons and prolonged drought has meant the harvests have been meager to none. These challenges have led Namunyak to us, seeking support for her education.

Naitwuaki Kekuta

Naitwuaki is 15 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). She is the oldest of five children in her family. She and her siblings live with their mother in Narok, Kenya in an area called Mosiro. They live in a typical manyatta mud house. Naitwuaki has been raised by her single mother since their father left their family. Her mother depends on a few livestock for an income. However, the drought has highly affected the health and number of cattle the family has. During the drought, it has been a challenge to balance tending to the animals and caring for family needs. Naitwuaki’s mother is seeking sponsorship for her as the next step is for Naitwuaki is to start high school, but without support it is unlikely she will be able to continue her education.

Mpaima Simpai

Mpaima is 13 years old and in class 7 (7th grade). He is the youngest of eight children, four boys and four girls. Both of his parents are older, so working is a challenge for them. However, his mother is still able to work casual jobs. Because this work generates little income, the family sometimes sleeps on empty stomachs. Sometimes the eldest brother tries to find work to help support the family. Mpaima has been absent from school due for several months due to lack of finances to pay the fees and buy a uniform. With sponsorship, Mpaima would be able to join a boarding school as he forsees this to help him concentrate in school.

Margret Wamboi

Margret is 16 years old and in form 3 (11th grade). She has one younger sister who is primary school, joining 6th grade in 2020. Their father is a shines shoes for work, making $4 per day on a good day. This makes it a struggle to pay rent and school fees his daughters. Margret is hopeful that her dream of continuing in school would come true.

Lee Achieng

Lee is 14 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). She is the third of four children in her family. They live with their mother in an area of Narok, Kenya called Enkare Ngiro. Their mother runs a small business at a local market selling second-hand clothing. However, this brings in little money so paying rent, shool, and other costs is a challenge. Since Lee lost her father in 2015 after a long illness, her mother has been working hard to see that all her children receive an education. A main challenge is that Lee’s older siblings are college students, so the costs associated with fees and housing are more expensive. Lee is seeking support for school fees so she can join high school in 2020.

Joyce Nchoe

Joyce is 14 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). She is the oldest of five kids in her family. Joyce’s father is a watchman at a secondary school close to their home. He has two wives and their children who depend on him to provide. It has been hard for the family to meet daily needs and raise funds for school fees. Joyce was able to reach the point in her education that she has because of help from generous others in their community who have helped buy books and uniforms for her. Without further support, Joyce is unable to continue on to high school. However, Joyce is looking towards the best and continues to hope to begin high school soon.

Janet Kairung

Janet is 16 years old and is in class 7 (7th grade). She is the sixth of eight children in her family. When Janet was young, her father got in an accident. Her mother provides for the family and used to do so by selling charcoal, but this is not illegal in Kenya so she is without work. It has been difficult for her to meet the family’s day to day needs, not to mention paying for school. One of Janet’s brothers was fortunate to receive support from the community and funding from the government, so he was able to graduate from high school. Janet is in a similar situation, in that if she cannot receive support, it is unlikely that she will be able to finish primary school and attend high school.

Florence Silato Ntayia

Florence is in class 8 (8th grade). She is the fifth of ten children in her family. After both her parents passed away, she went to live with her uncle. The money he earns from doing casual labor jobs is enough to provide food, but hardly sufficient to meet the rest of the family needs. Four of Florence’s older siblings have dropped out of school due to lack of finances to pay school fees and other family challenges. With sponsorship, she will be able to join high school and finish it to completion!

Faith Auma

Faith is in class 8 (8th grade). She is 15 years old and the oldest of three. Her parents separated when she was young, and since then her father has stopped caring for the family. Faith’s mother does casual jobs, such as washing clothes, but sometimes she can go up to two weeks of not being able to find enough work to support the family. In these times, the family begs for food. Even when there is work, the money Faith’s mom earns is not enough to meet the family’s basic needs plus pay for school. They live in a small rental home in Narok, Kenya. Yet there have been time where the family has stayed up to four months without paying rent. Faith hopes to join high school in 2020, but sees little likelihood she will be able to without sponsorship.

Faith Ataale

Faith is 14 years old and is in class 7 (7th grade). She is the fourth of five children in her family. For work, her mother sells tea in the streets of Narok, Kenya. The family sometimes lacks money however to meet the costs of rent, school fees, food, and other family needs. Two of Faith’s siblings are in secondary school and sometimes stay home for weeks at a time because lack of finances for school fees, as high school is more expensive than primary school.

Evans Leshan Kimori

Evans is 15 years old and in form 1 (9th grade) and will join the next grade in the coming year. He is the youngest of 12 children. Evans lives with his mother in Narok, Kenya. She works hard doing casual jobs both at nearby farms and cleaning clothing. However, she struggles to pay rent and the school fees of Evans and four other siblings also in high school. Most of the time, Evans and his siblings stay home from school for weeks at a time because of lack of finances to pay the school fees. Evan hopes that with sponsorship he can attend school consistently and improve his focus and performance in school.

Esther Sanau Mwanik

Esther is in form 1 (9th grade). She is the second of four children. Esther’s family has faced many challenges in supporting their needs. Her father has a visual disability and has HIV. Furthermore, he lost a finger in a power saw accident. All these put together have added up to expensive medical bills and he is unable to find work because of the pain he experiences in his injured hand. The kids in the family are all quite bright which means they are eligible for higher quality schools, but these schools are also more expensive. Esther’s older brother was only able to start at a national high school because of funds they raised through the community. Support for Esther’s education would bring not only her, but her family, renewed hope.

Esther Werimo Ngige

Esther is 15 years old and in form 2 (10th grade). She has one sister and three brothers. Back in 2008, their father passed away. Esther lives with her mother in the town of Narok, Kenya in a rental house. Her mother works as house help but earns too little to support the needs of her family plus pay for their school fees. Esther dreams of becoming a nurse and desires to use her education to bring hope to her family and community.

Emmanuel Lesiamon Mpatiany

Emmanuel is in form 2 (10th grade). He will turn 16 in December of 2019. Emmanuel’s father has two wives, and he has two younger siblings. In 2015, Emmanuel’s father died of heart failure. Emmanuel’s mother teachers at a small school near their home, yet it is still challenging to pay school fees for the children on top of meeting basic needs of the family. Emmanuel hopes to continue school in 2020, but does not think he will be able to without assistance.

Dan Kibet Rono

Dan is 16 years old and just finished class 8 (8th grade). He is a bright individual, but has sent home from school several times and been unable to take exams due to inability to pay the fees. He is the oldest of his siblings, both of which are in class 7. For an income, their mother does casual work at nearby farms and cleans clothes for friends. She has raised Dan and his siblings as a single mother. Dan hopes to join high school in 2020, but these school fees are more expensive than primary school and the family sees no hope that Dan will be able to join without assistance.

Caren Titoo Masikonte

Caren is 14 years old and just finished primary school, class 8. She is the sixth of 13 children, with seven boys and six girls in the family. It has been challenging for Caren’s parents to take care of all their kids and meet their basic needs, never mind to pay for school fees. Currently, Caren’s parents are without work. The family lived in Mau forest which was a water tower/environmental conservatory for a long time. Much to the family’s shock and grief, their home was burned down due to clashes in the area. Sometimes the children go to bed hungry. The oldest sisters have been married in order to be supported, and Caren often misses school due to family hardships. With sponsorship, Caren would be able to consistently attend school and continue on to high school in 2020.

Cavanis Sakunta Mpatiany

Cavanis is 14 years old and is in form 2 (10th grade). He has one brother, but some half-siblings though his father’s second wife. In 2005, Cavanis’ father passed away. His two wives struggled for a living. Cavanis’ mother is a teacher at a primary school close to their home. However, her income is not enough to pay school fees in addition to provide food and other needs. Due to this, Cavanis has become confused and hopeless, and his grades have since dropped. Please partner with us to restore hope to Cavanis through sponsoring him to complete high school.

Benson Kadipo Naurori

Benson is 15 years old and just finished class 8 (8th grade). He is the second born of 8 children. Their mother has supported the family since their father, who struggles with an alcohol addiction, ran away eight years ago. Benson’s mother burns charcoal and finds casual work jobs to earn a small income. She has had much difficulties in bringing up the family. Benson experiences much stress related to these difficulties. He is looking for generous others to support his dream of joining high school in 2020.

Alvin Nkoiboo Kesier

Alvin is 15 years old. He has just completed class 8 (8th grade). Alvin is the fourth born of eight kids. Alvin’s father passed away when Alvin was young. His mothers age inhibits her from working, so they went to live with the mother’s brother, Paul. Paul is a small-scale farmer, using irrigation to grow mostly beans and maize. This income goes towards supporting the family’s needs and children’s school. When the river water levels are low however, the harvest fails. This poses a challenge as Paul supports his and his sister’s family. Alvin is seeking support for school so he can begin high school, and wishes to use his education to transform his family and community.

Acquila Amon Wilfred

Acquila is 15 years old and in form 2 (10th grade). He is the oldest of three children. Their father does casual labor, moving from one place to another doing construction work and operating a motorbike business. Back in 2016, Acquila’s mother injured her knee, and since then has not been able to work. It has been challenging for Acquila’s father to take care of their mother’s medication fees as well as pay school fees, rent, food, and meet other family needs. Because both jobs are not permanent, the income is inconsistent. In addition, Acquila’s father is also caring for two children of his sister who passed away. Acquila’s sister, Esther, is also seeking support for sponsorship, as the family is under quite a burden trying to raise funds for all the family’s needs.

 

Weldon Rotiken

Weldon is 14 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). He is the second of five children. His brother, Dennis, is also seeking sponsorship. Both of their parents passed away, their mother in February 2019 due to suicide and their father in 2011 due to diabetes. Three of the children moved to live with their Uncle on their father’s side while the other two have stayed in their mother’s home and are being looked after by their grandmother. Their uncle does small farming for an income, and their Aunt teachers nursery school. Life has been difficult for this family, and it has been challenging to raise the money to pay for school fees and have food to eat. Weldon’s older sister, Brenda, is in form 1 (9th grade) at a girls high school. The family has managed to help Weldon up to 8th grade, but he is not hopeful that he will be able to continue on to high school without sponsorship. Their grandmother brought Dennis and Weldon to Nasha, the Hope Venture’s partners in Kenya, seeking help.

 

Victoria Mwende

Victoria is 14 years old in class 8 (8th grade). She is the oldest child in her family, with the second-born being in class 2 (2nd grade) and the youngest being 10 months old. The family lives in a one-room rental house in Majengo. Their father works at a petrol station and their mother stays at home taking care of the youngest. The father’s pay of 80$ a month goes towards rent, food, and other basic needs. Thus, it has been a challenge to pay school fees, and the family is worried they won’t be able to afford the higher high school fees for Victoria to start in January 2020.

Suzan Wangare

Suzan is 14 years old and in class 8 (8th grade). She has two brothers and one sister, all older than her. In her family, Suzan and one of her brothers are the only ones in school, the rest dropped out because of lack of finances for school fees. Suzan’s mother works as a green grocer at a local market for an income, as the father abandoned the family. With this minimal earning, Suzan’s mother is not able to cover school fees in addition to the basic needs of rent and food. There have even been several times that they have been locked out of their home due to lack of funds to pay rent. Despite these hardships, Suzan has done well in school. She dreams of become a neurosurgeon, and sponsorship would enable her to start high school in 2020 in pursuit of this goal.

Stephen Muriungi

Stephen is 16 years old and in form 1 (9th grade). He is the youngest of five children. Three of his sibligns are in high school and one is in primary school. His father is a casual laborer, as they do not own any land or livestock for additional sources of income. This makes it challenging to meet not only the basic needs but educational needs of the family.

Silvia Ayuma

Silvia is 12 years old and in class 6 (6th grade), joining class 7 next year. She is the oldest of three. Silvia and her family live in an iron sheet house in an area of Narok, Kenya called Lenana. It is just Silvia, her siblings, and their mother since their father left them after separating from their mother and got remarried. Silvia’s mother operates a small grocery kiosk, working tirelessly to meet the children’s basic needs. Silvia has been attending a boarding school, but these fees are quite high and often Silvia is absent from school from not paying the fees. Despite these challenges, Silvia has done well in school, but with sponsorship she would be able to attend consistently and further excel and also help her siblings.

Purity Gathoni

Purity is 16 years old. She just completed class 8 (8th grade) and wants to start high school in January 2020. She is the oldest of five. Her mother has raised them as a single mother since 2006 when she separated from her husband. It has been a big challenge for Purity’s mother to raise them on her own. Their mother does casual jobs, for example washing laundry in people’s clothes, but she is not always able to find work. With the lack of stable income, Purity’s mother cannot afford to pay the school fees.

Kituyian Sampao

Kituyian is 16 years old and in class 7 (7th grade). His father is elderly and is therefore unable to work. His mother does manual work to earn an income to provide for the family’s basic needs and pay school fees for their children in high school and college. Even with his mother’s work, Kituyian’s family has struggled to make ends meet. It’s not uncommon for Kituyian to go to bed without a meal and currently the family is seeking support from well-wishers and sponsorship to fund the children’s education.

David Saruni Tipis

David is 15 years old. He comes from a family of seven boys. His oldest two siblings didn’t attend school. The third born is in university and the others are in high school. David is currently finishing form one (9th grade) and will start form two (10th grade) in 2020. David’s parents are too old to work and support David’s education, which is why he is seeking sponsorship. David’s mum currently lives in town as it is easier find help from well-wishers here, as opposed to upcountry where David’s father lives.

William Angela Adhanja

William is 16 years old and in form 2 (10th grade). William and his three sisters live with their parents in a one room timber house in Empopong, Kenya. William’s parents do casual jobs to meet the family’s needs. William’s father painted vehicles until his work was taken over by a business which uses professional machines. The family is hardworking but their jobs are not stable enough to send all the kids to school. William is seeking scholarship because his parents do not have the funds to send him to secondary school. Please help William continue on to high school by sponsoring his education!

Wilfred Saidimu

Wilfred is 15 years old and is in class 8 (8th grade). He is the fifth of six children. His older brother and sisters currently are not in school due to school fees, as high school is more expensive than primary school. Only Wilfred and his younger sibling is still in school. Wilfred’s parents earn a small income from casual jobs. These jobs make enough money for the family to live in a rental house in a lower income area in Narok, Kenya called Olpopong. However, this income is not enough to sustain Wilfred’s education. Wilfred is bright and determined student. With sponsorship, Wilfred will be able to continue in high school.

Italo Lemara

Italo is in form 1 (9th grade). She is the second born child and has one other sibling, an older brother who will be in form 4 (12th grade) starting in 2019. Her parents divorced seven years ago. Her mother sells water and her guardian father is a pastor and a part-time lecturer at Bisset Bible College but does not contribute anything to the family. He has a new wife who is a peasant farmer and has four other kids to care for. He sells parts of his property to help pay for the children’s school fees because he wants them to get an education. Currently, the pastor at Italo’s church is paying half of her school fees and the other half gets paid by her mother. Please help support Italo to start class 8 (8th grade)!

Esther Kwamboka

Esther is in form 1 (9th grade). She has two brothers and three sisters, and is the third born in the family. The eldest son finished high school in 2013. The eldest daughter is able to attend high school because she is able to get the finances for school fees from family friends and sometimes her brother. Esther currently lives with her Uncle in Narok, who also has five other kids to care for. Esther’s parents live in a rural area. The family depends on food from their small piece of land and from the small earnings the mother makes from plucking tea leaves on tea farms. Esther’s father’s ability to work is limited because of his epilepsy.

Dorcas Mwikali

Dorcas is 16 years old and in form 1 (9th grade). Dorcas is the third of six children in her family. The eldest never went on to secondary school because their parents could not pay the fees. The rest of Dorcas’ siblings are in primary school. Dorcas lives with both of her parents. Her mother does casual work and her father is a watchman. She comes from a humble background and thus is seeking sponsorship. Dorcas would love to start form 1 (9th grade) if she receives sponsorship.