|John was born in 1999. He lives in the Philippines. John is the second in a family with five children. Due to lack of money, he was unable to continue his studies after high school. Kids to School has been sponsoring him from September 2018 till June 2022. He studied English at Cebu Normal University. The study lasts four years. John finished his study in June 2022.|
|Esther was born in Kenya in 1996. Her mother died and her father has remarried and now has three children with his new wife. The father has a few years of elementary school and has an occasional job. Esther has been sponsored by Kids to school since 2011. She finished secondary school in Raruowa in 2013 and began studying Law at the School of Law, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, in September 2014. She graduated in December 2018. Esther plans to complete her studies with training as a lawyer. After an intermediate year, she started this study in January 2020. This study lasts one year. Esther graduated in March 2022. The official presentation of her diploma will follow later this year.|
|Christine was born in 1994. She lives in Nairobi. Her parents are divorced and she lives with her mother. She has one brother and two sisters. Poverty didn’t allow her to start secondary school until she was 18. In 2015 she graduated and passed her exam. Christine lives with her mother and her youngest sister in Kibera one of the largest slumbs in Africa. In September 2017, thanks to the support of Kids to School, she started studying Bachelor of Arts, Social Work and Community Development at the University of Nairobi. The study has seven semesters. She successfully completed her study in 2021 and graduated in December that year.|
Rose was born in 1998. After her mother’s death, the situation in the family deteriorated. She left home at a young age, worked as a household help and thanks to her worker she was able to finish primary school. Because of her good results, she was able to go to a good high school. Unfortunately, she had to leave the school due to lack of money. By working as a household help in Nairobi, she managed to pay for the first two years. The last two years of high school she has been sponsored by Calvary Temple. Over the past year, thanks to the help of VAP, she has achieved the certificate for interior design. Kids to School has been sponsoring her since January 2019 so that she can get her diploma in 2020. With a delay due to Corona, Rose concluded her study in 2021.
|Michelle was born in 2000. She lives in the Philippines. Michelle is the oldest child in a family with four children. Due to lack of money, she was unable to continue her studies after high school. Kids to School has been sponsoring her since September 2018. She studies Business Administration at the University of Iloilo. The study originally lasted four years but the curriculum changed and the course lasts now three years. Because of that Michelle finished her study in July 2021. The official graduation is in 2022.|
|Lilian was born in 1992. She lives in Kenya. Both her parents died. She has no brothers or sisters. Lilian has been sponsored by Kids to School since 2011. She completed her high school, St. Lucy’s Raruowa Girls High School, in 2013 and started a study in Clinical Medical Surgery and Community Health at Kenyan Methodist University in Meru in September 2014. Lilian graduated in October 2017.She then passed the national exam in December of that year. Lilian completed her clinical internship at Central Coast Hospital in Mombasa. She has been working in this hospital since January 2020.|
|Morine was born in 1996. She lives in Kenya.She has three brothers who all have only had primary school. Her mother died. Her father is married again and now has a family with four young children. He works as a security guard. Morine has been sponsored by Kids to school since 2011. She graduated from high school, St. Lucy’s Raruowa GirlsHigh School, in 2013.In September 2015, Morine started nursing training at the Cicely McDonnell School of Nursing, affiliated with Nairobi Hospital. This study lasts three years. She successfully completed her studies in November 2018. She has been working at Nairobi Hospital since January 2019.|
|Anna was born in 2004. She lives in Tanzania. She is the only child, her mother died at her delivery. There is no information about her father. Her grandmother made sure that she was admitted to a children’s home Irente Children’s Home. She was in standard 6 of the Usambara English Medium Primary School. She has no sponsors since 2016. Kids to School sponsors her fom January 2016 till November 2018. She finished primary school in November 2018. Anna visits now form 1 of the high school.|
|Irene was born in Kenya in 1994. She is the daughter of a father, without training, and his 2nd wife. Her mother died in 2003. There are eight children in this polygamous family. Irene has been sponsored by Kids to School since 2009. Irene finished her high school in 2012 and in September 2013 she began her education in Business Administration at Kenyan Methodist University. Since early 2013 Irene has participated in the program of Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF). Irene was awarded her diploma with good results in April 2015 and in September 2015 she began with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She graduated in October 2018. She expects to find a job soon.|
|Meryshel was born in 1997. She lives in the Philippines. Meryshel has a twin brother. She is a fourth year student at the Central Phillipine University. She does a bachelor study Business Administration Major Financial Management. This study is four years. She is a good student. The parents both have temporary jobs but because of money Meryshel had to stop her study. Kids to School sponsors her last year. In april she graduated cum laude. Since June 2018 she works at the Department of Labor and Employment.|
Clare was born in 1991 in Kenya. She is one of 22 children from a polygamous Maasai family. Her parents were not educated, and income from the sale of cows and goats has to provide for the whole family. Clare was about to be married when she came in contact with Sr. Jocelyn Pecto. Kids to School has supported her since 2008. Clare finished her high school in 2012 and in September 2013 she began training in “Early Childhood Development” at the Kibwezi Teacher Training College in Kajiado. She got her pre-certificate in January 2015. In 2015 she got married and she had a son. Clare will continue her studies in January 2016. Clare has been participating in the Masaai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) Program since 2013. In March 2017, Claire obtained her nursery school teacher certificate. Kids to School sponsored her until March 2017. She works as a nursery school teacher. Clare lives in Lenkisem and had her second child in 2018.
|Jenny was born in 1997. She lives in the Philippines. Jenny has two sisters. She has been sponsored by Kids to School since 2013. She does the undergraduate education Elementary Education with specialization in General Education at the West Visayas State University. She wants to be a teacher. The study takes four years. In March 2017 Jenny has finished her study cum laude. She works now as an English teacher.|
Emily was born in 1991. She lives in Kenya. Her father deserted the family when she was 12 years old. Her mother has no education and sells charcoal as the only means of providing for her family. Her income is not enough to give her children an education. Emily was a very good student and she studied “Hospitality and Tourist Management” at the Kenyatta University. Kids to School has sponsored her since 2012. Emily has got her bachelor’s degree in December 2015. The official graduation ceremony was in July 2016. Emily has been sponsored by Kids to School between 2012 and 2016. In the KtS newsletter-Feb 2017 you will find part of the story of her life. In the link you can read the full story. Emily works now at Amboselli National Park.
|Marvin was born in 1993. He lives in the Philippines. He is the eldest son in a family with three children. His father was a small farmer and the family survives on rice cultivation. In 2011 he had to stop his training as “marine engineer” at St Therese-MTC Tigbauan Site colleges, due to lack of money. He has been sponsored by Kids to School since 2011. In 2014 Marvin completed the theoretical part of his study. The past year Marvin has done his internship which he finished in the summer of 2015. He is now looking for a job.|
|Bernadette was born in 1987. Between 2008 and 2011 she was sponsored by Kids to School. She studied social work and community development and graduated in 2011. Since that time she has worked for a number of organizations such as Child Fund, AMREF and MGEF. Bernadette Masento has been for four years a member of the Local Advisory Counsel of Kids to School. Bernadette Masento has now a job as Secretary of the Kajiado county senator.|
Left the program, May 2016
Levis was born in Kenya in 1993. She is one of five children. Her father died. Her mother attended primary school for a few years, and earns her living by selling vegetables. Levis has been sponsored by Kids to School since 2011. Levis completed her high school, St. Lucy’s Raruowa Girls High School, in 2012 and in January 2014 she began her studies in accountancy at the Kenyan Accountancy College in Nairobi. Unfortunately, she failed the first year and had to stop this study. Kids to School decided to give her another chance and in September 2015 she began a study in Information Technology. Unfortunately, she has not seriously taken up the study and has not kept in touch with her contact person in Nairobi. We find it very unfortunate that we had to turn off the program the beginning of 2016.