- The best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education. – Barack Obama
- Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
- A child without education is like a bird without wings. – Tibetan proverb
We invite you to join our scholarship program to help overcome poverty in Kenya.
- require financial support to attend high school because …
- their families have very limited income
- Kenyan high schools are not publicly funded
- live in one of two areas in Kenya
- Cherangany – a rural area in western Kenya
- Ngong – a suburb of Nairobi
- Provide $650 of support which:
- pays high school tuition fees for 1 year (January to December)
- provides basic school supplies and a school uniform (mandatory)
- to select students based on financial need
- to monitor student progress during the school year
- Tarah and Wesley Korir, who live in Kenya, are directly involved
- to keep our overhead low
- our foundation has no paid staff in Canada (we rely on volunteers)
How you can help:
- support one student for one year
- form a group to raise funds to support a student
- work, church, extended family, team, …
Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.
The Kenyan school year begins in January, so we would appreciate your donations by Dec. 15.
To sponsor a student please select the amount you wish to donate and then click “Add to Cart”. To donate by mail click here.
Wesley’s Story – How a scholarship changed his life
Wesley Korir was born in the Cherangany Region of western Kenya. He was one of nine children and grew up in a mud hut with a thatched roof. As a subsistence farmer, his father struggled to pay school fees for his children. Wesley was a gifted student and had natural athletic talent, however he was only able to finish high school due to the generous financial help of one of his teachers, Father Willie Walshe. Wesley then earned a track scholarship to the University of Louisville. While in University, Wesley began working part-time and offered to repay the priest who had paid his high school fees. The priest refused to accept Wesley’s money. Instead, he asked Wesley to use the money to help others. As a result, Wesley and Tarah paid the school fees for a few impoverished high school students who lived in Wesley’s village. When they were married in 2010, Wesley and Tarah asked their wedding guests to celebrate their marriage by donating money to support more students in Kenya. A short time later, Wesley and Tarah started Kenyan Kids Foundation (USA) which enabled them to raise funds and support more students. In 2013, Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada was formed with a mission of “Investing in Kenyan cooperative development for education, health and economic vitality”.