CHALLENGES OUR STUDENTS FACE
THE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION:
THE CHALLENGES OUR STUDENTS FACE
The students we sponsor reside in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Kakuma – the Swahili word for “nowhere” – was established in 1991 and is located in Turkana County, not far from the Kenya-Sudan border. The camp was conceived to accommodate South Sudanese refugees but over the years has come to accommodate refugees from Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and various other African countries.
Our organization focuses on supporting the South Sudanese refugee children in obtaining a secondary school education. Residents in the camp face a variety of challenges in their day to day life. and the situation is particularly hard for young people trying to get an education. Ongoing problems include malnutrition, limited access to educational resources and overcrowding in the camp due to crises in neighbouring countries. Female students in particular face an uphill battle since traditional cultural practices do not favour girl’s education.
Despite these countless challenges, our determined students work hard and earn high scores in their KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exam so that they can obtain admission into top secondary schools. The students we sponsor persevere through great hardships in hopes that at the end of their difficult journeys they can empower themselves through higher education and give back to their communities. In turn we provide them with the financial support they need to make their dreams a reality.
Watch The Invisible City [Kakuma] to learn more about the conditions in the Kakuma Refugee Camp and the challenges faced by its residents.