At the secondary school level, Kenyan students and their families pay school fees to cover tuition, boarding activities, meals, activities, books, school uniforms, exams and medical. This comes to around 60,000 Kes, about $600, annually. At primary school level, the government pay for tuition and parents cater for uniform, books, exams that total to about $20 usd annually. We are currently supporting 60 students in primary, secondary and universities.
By supporting youth in their secondary education, sponsors give young Kenyans a fighting chance to pull themselves out of poverty and create a viable living for their families. The project aims at giving children from the disadvantaged background a right to education, giving them an opportunity to reach their full potential.
10 years ago, we started Sports for Change, a charity that combines the passion for sports and desire to increase access to quality education for underprivileged youth. In the years that followed, more and more people who had a passion for change joined our cause helping us raise
We have helped more than 5,000 students indirectly by supporting their schools and 60 students directly by paying their secondary school fees.
Five of our students are pursuing their career dreams in different colleges and universities.
5 have graduated and are now working. Our desire is to assist more students to access quality education and we need you to join hands with us and be part of this great cause
Whilst primary school in Kenya is free, secondary school is not, and so even the most promising & bright kids from poor background can miss out on secondary school. Our aim is to provide sustainable support to these kids to take them through to the end of secondary school and beyond. We are currently raising money for next year’s fees, ensuring that we grow in a way that does not let any of our kids down in the future.
Students who have completed college
Beth graduated June 2017 and she is now working.
Esau Osome Amtabi
Students in College/Universities
John Mathinji Karatu
He sat for his K.C.P.E and managed to get 309 marks and got a place in Kangui Boys School. He could have done much better than this were it not for the challenges of his parents, who despite their disability, were able to struggle to give him the best they could.
He successfully managed to complete his O level and scored a mean grade of B plain year 2017.
John joined Technical University of Kenya August 2018 and he is taking a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering which is going to take him 5 years
Eric Muriithi Wanja
He was rescued by his teachers who continued to support him until Sports for Change took over. Amid all this, he sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2010 and attained an impressive 314 marks out of 500.e is fully supported by the Sports for Change Fund.
Eric sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and got a B-. He joined Masinde Muliro University in Kakamega September 2016. He is now in third year taking a degree in Fisheries.
Margaret Wamuyu Wanjiru
Margaret mother got married when she had 4 kids.She is the first born.The foster father is quite interested with their mother but has no interest in educating the children.The mother is a peasant farmer living from hand to mouth.
Margaret applied sponsorship with Sports for Change in December and is now gladly back to a good boarding school.She sat for her KCSE 2017 and got a mean grade of C+.Margaret joined University of Embu last year(2018) and she is taking Bachelor of Education in Science.
Her mum, who is only 32 years, got five children, she is jobless and her husband abandoned them many years ago.
Cynthia went to Dr. Kamundia Girls’ High School year 2015. She sat for her final exam last year (2018) and performed very well. She was able to get a mean grade of B- and we are looking forward to her next level of education.
UPDATE 2019: Cynthia is now settled at Rongo University. She is pursuing a degree in Health Record Information Systems."
Students in High School
She is the firstborn in a family of 10 kids. She is in form four and wants to become a pilot.
Pulei Abigael Namunyak
They all lead Maasai traditional life and live in manyattas (Maasai traditional houses). She passed KCPE very well and was admitted in OleTipis Girls' High Schoool, a national school in Narok. Her dream is to become a doctor.
We met him during our trip to Maasai land where we had gone to learn Maasai culture and experience camping in the wild.He had done his final exam K.C.P.E at Kisharu primary school and passed with flying colours.
He attained 357 marks out of 500marks which was amazing and this drew our attention to him. He got a place in Kenyatta high school Mwatate(2017) and since the enrollment Sports for Change has been paying for his school fees. Simon is in form three now.
She joined a day school heartbroken and very demoralized. Sports For Change heard her story and decided to give her an opportunity to shine.
She has now joined Kamahuha Girls and she is very excited. Her other dream is to become a Math teacher.
She got 354 marks in KCPE. She joined form one in Mulango Girls High School in Kitui County. Her dream is to become a lawyer.
She got 354 marks which was a very good performance and got a place in Noonkopir Girls’ Secondary School in Kitengela.
She is the first born in a family of 9.They have been raised by the mother and a step dad who is a security man. The dad to Riyaq abandoned her mother before she was born, but the mother has been there for her and the step dad helps where he can. She wants to work hard and become a doctor and help her community.
Her father abandoned them 6 years ago, and her mother works as a casual laborer to fed for them. They live in a house donated by a well wisher.
Brenda had to drop out of school during her first term (semester) in high school due to lack of school fees. Sports for Change got to hear of her story through a sister organization.
We connected her with a lovely lady by the name of Asenati who together with her friends helped raise funds to take her back to school. She is now back at her old high school, Magomano Girls in Nyandarua, where she is already catching up with her studies.
He was admitted in Njiiris Boys High school,one of the top secondary schools in a Muranga County. He was late to report due to lack of school fees and shopping but a Good Samaritan helped and managed to pay for his term 1 and 2. Joseph’s dream is to become a neurosurgeon and give back to the community with his services.
His mother is a single parent and depends on casual jobs for a living. She is originally from Nyeri but she has lived in Ndakaini for 8 years in different homes. She looks for employment, gets a small house within the land and stays with her 3 kids aged 17,14 and 9 years. Her casual job gives her an approximate monthly payment of 50 USD. Joseph is in form three now.
Her mother was devastated and she helped her escape, she now lives with her sister miles away from her family. She joined us to visit her family after 2 years of been away.
One of SFC requirements before admission is to visit the family to confirm the details written on the application letter. Talesh passed very well, she had 357 marks out of possible 500 marks. We got her a place in Dr. Kamundia Girls.
Talesh is in form three and wants to become a lawyer in the future to fight for girls' rights.
Kirarian Lalii Sarioyo
He is the firstborn of the family. Both parents are illiterate thus making it hard for them to embrace education. They are unemployed and their main means of earning a living is through casual works and charcoal burning.In this family, the mother is very much hardworking in order to sustain the family since the man has been carried by alcoholism thus forgetting his responsibilities as the head of the family.
The family resides at Doldol, Laikipia North; one of the remote areas in Kenya with a long history of poverty, drought and other natural calamities. In this area, people mostly depend on Government aids in order to survive.
Lalii is a form two student at G.G Rumuruti Boys High School.
Jecyntah Naserian Soola
She has 8 real brothers and sisters of which some dropped out of school due to luck of fees.Others are still in high school while one is in college but all struggling.
Jecynta studied in Olgumi Primary School where she did her KCPE in 2016 and got 386 marks and joined Nakuru Girls High School. She is now in form three.
Thanks to Sports for change for enrolling her to your program.
He joined Sports for change in 2016 when he was joining form one after we met him in 2015 during a visit to the childrens home.
He is a form four student at Kangema Boys School and a top performer in his class and form. He wants to be an Electrical engineer after school.
Joy Waithira Wambui.
The mother is a casual laborer, hence could not afford her high school fees.
She was delighted to join form one at the school she was called to; Kiriaini Girls High School in Kigumo
Her father is a low scale farmer and her mother a housewife. Paying school fees was always a challenge for her in primary school, yet she managed to score 375 out of the total 500, a good performance.
Her uncle connected her to Shiku, our founder. She is excited to be continuing with her education and is joining Form One at Ole Tipis High School. Christine’s dream career is to be a lecturer as she has always been passionate about teaching others, often taking up the teacher’s role in class when they were absent back in primary school. Her hobbies include reading novels, singing and dancing.
She lives in and has been brought up at Likii village, a slum at Nanyuki ward in Laikipia East constituency. She attended Thingithi primary school, where she managed to perform remarkably well despite living in a house with no electricity; and was granted admission at Njonjo Girls High School.
Liana hopes to become a lawyer one day, as she dreams of being an ambassador for the helpless in the community who are denied justice. She also feels that studying law will help her educate others in the community about their rights.
Lucy comes from a polygamous family of 8 children, and her 3 older sisters have already been married off. Determined not to meet the same fate, she used her friends to communicate with the local head teacher, who together with the local chief convinced her father to send her to school.
Being naturally passionate about school, she always performed well. She however had to keep fighting for her right to education when her father devised another plan to remove her from school in plan to marry her off early.
Lucy managed to complete her primary school education at the top of her class in K.C.P.E at Kicharu primary school – Kajiado West in 2019.
Lucy was aware that her parents couldn’t afford her high school fees, hence she decided to approach her primary school chairman for assistance, who then connected her to Sports for Change. She is currently in Form One at Baraka Oontoyie Secondary School courtesy of our great supporters. She dreams of one day becoming a journalist, as she has always been fascinated by the career. Her hobbies include listening to the radio and news, cooking and reading.
RACHAEL MUTHONI WANJOHI
She attended Matanya primary school, which is commonly referred to as ‘kajinga’ (stupid) high by the locals due to repeated poor performance.
She however worked hard despite the nay Sayers and passed remarkably enough to be granted admission at Njonjo Girls High School, where she currently studies. Rachael dreams of one day becoming a doctor and helping her parents, who are her biggest encouragement, and the community.
His mother moved from Turkana to Nanyuki in search of greener pastures, where she currently works as a casual laborer. Roy joined Sports for Change in 2018 when he was first admitted to Form 1, but later joined the county’s bursary program.