Sponsorship

Sponsorship

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

Our Achievement

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

The Problem

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.

 

Our Students​

A quality basic education is something which every child should get regardless of their family background and community to which they belong.

Students who have completed college

Beth Wairimu

Beth Wairimu hails from Murang’a County, Kigumo District. She has been raised up by parents who are small scale farmers and totally depend on casual labor from the able neighbors. She sat for her K.C.P.E exam in 2009 and garnered 324 marks which secured her a place in Githunguri Girls High School, the parents could not raise the amount needed to enroll at Githunguri. She joined Ikumbi Secondary which is a day school. Her school fees from form two was taken care of by sport for change team. In 2013 she sat for her K.C.S.E and managed to get a grade C and enrolled in T.I.B.S in 2014 to pursue a Diploma in Hospitality Management for two years. Her college fees was well taken care of by Sports for Change team.
Beth graduated June 2017 and she is now working.

Carol Wathigo

Carol is from Gachocho village in Muranga county. She has 2 brothers and is a partial orphan.
Her mother is unemployed, she depends on casual labor that she does in their neighborhood. She joined Sports For Change after the sponsor who was sponsoring her education dropped her in form 2.
She stayed at home desperate to go back to school. She applied for sponsorship in our program and was accepted.
She was accepted back in Githunguri Girls where she completed her secondary school education. She sat for the 2012 Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) and enrolled at Thika Institute of Business Studies to study Food Hotel and Catering Management.
She graduated and attained a diploma. She has worked in several ,guest houses hotels and lodges including Kibo Safari Camp, a luxury lodge in Amboseli Natioonal park. She is now working in a guest house in Malindi.

Julius Muchiri

Julius come from a village called Kimotho, in Kigumo. He went to school in Kimotho primary and later joined Chania boys high school.
He lost his parents when he was very young. He lost his dad when he was in class one and his mom when he was in class eight.
He worked hard at school and passed well, but he could not join form one as he had no one to cater for his school fees. He had to do casual jobs to feed himself and his siblings. Due to the hardship, he at some point contemplated committing suicide.
A local teacher in his village connected him to Sports for Change who paid his fees from form one until he graduated with diploma in Structural and civil engineering. He is currently employed as an Engineer.

Esau Osome Amtabi

Esau Osome Amtabi,was born in 13/06/1991 in Nairobi. He come from a family of 7 children. He joined school in 1999. His school life was challenging, he almost drop out of school in 2002. By good luck free primary education was introduced. He managed to complete primary school education. But he performed poorly due to the hardship he underwent through. He ended up being employed at one of the construction in kawangware. His dream by then seemed dead. He lived in the streets for a few months, he was rescued and joined a children centre in Uthiru. He re-started school from class Seven. This time he performed well and joined secondary school with support from youth of hope organization. He is now taking art at Bobea Art Centre with support of Meera Whipple a friend of Sports for Change. He no longer requires any help or sponsorship, yet is always looking for a market for his artwork!

Anne Wambui

Anne comes from Gachocho village in Kigumo constituency. She is an only child who currently lives with her aged grandmother. Anne applied for bursary sponsorship in 2010 but didn’t qualify. Desperate, she turned to the area chief for assistance. The area chief then sort to help her and got Sports for Change contacts through a friend. Anne has now finished Form 4, and is now waiting to join college. Her favorite subject is English, and she has reached her aim to study Food Science at college. Though shy, she wants to be an air hostess. She got a C- in her final exams, and her education of a Food Science diploma will be sponsored by Craig Oulton's Barefoot Run sponsorship.

Christine Wanjiru

Christine comes from Ndiara village in Kigumo constituency. She has parents, two brothers and one sister. Her parents own a small piece of land where they live. They work as casual laborers at the nearby tea farms to feed their children. Christine is in form four at Ruchu Girls Secondary School. Her favorite subject is Geography and her dream is to be a surgeon. Her favorite meal is Chapati and stew. UPDATE: Christine finished high school in the Year 2013 with a C-.She joined college and took a Diploma in Journalism which was sponsored by Craig's marathon run.

Margaret Wangui​

Margaret is the sister of Elizabeth, however they share little in common with Elizabeth being outspoken and brave and Margaret being much more quiet. The two sisters are from a family of 14 children and they live in Kimotho village, Kigumo constituency. They were one of the victims of post election skirmishes in 2008. She sat for her KCSE in Githunguri Girls School year 2016.

Elisabeth Wairimu

Elisabeth is a Former student at Gitugi Girls’ High School. She is from a family of 14 children and they live in Kimotho village, Kigumo constituency after they were displaced during the post-election skirmishes in 2008. Elisabeth joined form one with 318 marks. This, according to year 2010 rating, was an average performance. She has improved greatly and is currently our best performing student. Elisabeth has been sponsored for the last three years by Dean and his family, who continue to support her. UPDATE 2016: Elisabeth is our promising student that we met 7 years ago. She went to Gitugi Girls High School where she sat for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and got a B. UPDATE 2018: She joined Kenya Medical Training College, Siaya September 2015. She has now completed with a diploma in medicine and surgery and we would like you to know that she has finally graduated December 2018 She completed one year mandatory intership in a public hospital and she is now a certified Clinical Officer

Students in College/Universities

John Mathinji Karatu

John was born and brought up by his parent who have physical disabilities. They live in Nyandarua County in rehabilitation centre. 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. He had a lot of responsibilities during school holidays, taking care of his parents and siblings. 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 Electrical Engineering. In 2019 we got for him a full scholarship in KIIT University in India to do the same degree. He is currently in second year. He is our first international student.

Eric Muriithi Wanja

Eric is a boy from a single parent home. His uncle who takes care of him is unemployed. Eric has 2 brothers and 3 sisters. His ailing mother is a casual laborer in a tea plantation and Eric has often had to drop out of school to help his mother in plucking tea to assist her to get food and clothing for his younger siblings. 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. He 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 Wamunyu Wanjiru did her KCPE in 2013 and scored 321 marks.She was admitted to Githunguri Girls’ High School. Unfortunately the parents could not afford the fees charged by the school.Her form one fees was paid by a well-wisher who later withdrew. This forced Margaret to drop out from the school of her dream to join a day school with scant earning resources but lower fees. 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.

Cynthia Achieng

Cynthia Achieng lives in Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum with her family. We first visited her because of her good KCPE results of 365, yes,365. But this short trip ended up being a long term engagement for us. She was very disturbed by the fact that her mum couldn't afford her secondary school education fees. Even with her good performance,she had no hope of proceeding with her education. 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

Lillian Tuken

Lillian Tuken is a Maasai girl from Suswa conservancy in a village called Kisharu in Narok County. She is the firstborn in a family of 10 kids. She went to Kisharu Primary school and managed to get 311 marks out of a possible 500marks. She joined form 1 in 2016 at Dr. Kamundia Gathuthi Girls in Nyeri. She sat for her KCPE in 2019 and passed well. She got a place in Africa Nazarene University to pursue Bachalor Of Commerce (B.COM) and is currently studying online.

Pulei Abigael Namunyak

Pulei is 15 years old, a 3rd born in her family of 12 siblings. She lives in Mt. Suswa conservancy in avillage called Kisharu. The population there is very small but very close. They support each other where they can. 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 parents could not afford her school fees. She stayed at home until a guide we use when we go there to hike highlighted her story. Our founder and one of our supporters went to rescue her, did all her shopping and took her to school. She is now in form 2.

Simon Sootian

Simon Sootian hails from Suswa Narok County. He is the firstborn in a family of five kids. He has two brothers and two sisters. 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 is from a disadvantaged family financially and he needed and deserved support. We committed to support him and he joined our list of beneficiaries He joined Kenyatta high school a national school in Mwatate in 2017. He will be sitting for his KCPE exam this year.

Faith Wanjiru

Faith is from Kigumo in a village called Kairitu. She is 3rd born in a family of 4. She sat her KCPE passed very well but her parents could not afford to take her to her dream school. Which was Kamahuha Girls. She was taken to a days school which was quite far from home. She left home at 6am every morning and walked for an hour and half , she felt heartbroken and very demoralized. Sports For Change heard her story and decided to give her an opportunity to shine. We supported her to join her dream school. Her hope was renewed and we are certain she will perform well to secure a great future. She is now in form 2.

Ann Mbuthye

Annah is from winzyei village a remote place in Mwingi. Machakos county from a very humble family. Her father deserted them when she was still very young. Through sponsorship by a catholic school, she managed to go through primary school. She got stuck after doing her KCPE and performing very well. She is from She got 354 marks in KCPE. She joined our program in 2019. She joined form one in Mulango Girls High School in Kitui County. Her dream is to become a lawyer.

Riyaq Hassan

Riyaq Hassan is from Namanga, a town that is at the border of Kenya and Tanzania. She is the first born in a family of 9. She have been raised by the mother and a step dad who is a security guard. She was among the top 5 students in her school. She went to Namanga Primary School. She got 354 marks which was a very good performance and got a place in Noonkopir Girls’ Secondary School in Kitengela.. 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 is in form 2 , her performance is great. She is so displined that the school has appointed her twice as a school captain. Her dream is to become a doctor and help her community

Brenda Wambui

Brenda hails from Gataka village. She lives with her mother and two siblings. 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.

Joseph Gakunga

Joseph’s primary life was full of challenges but he managed to score 397 marks out of possible 500 marks in last year KCPE. He was among the best in the county. 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.

Faith Talesh

One of our new Maasai girls, Talesh was rescued from early marriage two years ago. Her father had found her an old man who had already paid the dowry to take her. 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

The boy has got both parents and five siblings. 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

Jecynta Naserian Soola is from Suswa in Narok county . She comes from a Maasai family of 5 brothers and 4 sisters and 2 step mothers. She studied in Olgumi Primary School where she did her KCPE in 2016 and got 386 marks. She applied for sponsorship at Sports For Change. We did home visit and accepted her to join our program. She joined Nakuru Girls High a national School in Nakuru. She is now in form form. She is working hard in her last few months. Her dream is to become a nurse.

Patrick Parmuat

Patrick Parmuat is from Oloitok-tok in village called Entonet. He is the 3rd born of a family of 7 He went to primary school in Oldonyo Oibor. Though he has both parents, he grew up in a Teule children home who rescued him from drugs and alcohol. 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 sat for his KCSE exam in 2019 and passed well. He was admitted to join JKUAT university to pursue B.Sc (General)

RACHAEL MUTHONI WANJOHI

Rachael is currently 16 years old and a Form 3 student. She joined our family in 2018 when she was admitted in Form One. She lives in Nanyuki with her parents and two siblings; she lost another sibling to leg cancer in 2015. Her father is mostly ill and bed ridden, but when he is well he joins her mother who works as a casual laborer. 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 the community and her parents who are her biggest encouragement.

CHRISTINE RESIAN

Christine is a 15 year old girl from Suswa, Kajiado. She is from a polygamous family of 2 wives and 10 children, and is the first born. 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. She applied for sponsorship from Sports for change and after doing back ground check, she was accepted. She joined form one in Ole Tipis High School, a national school in Narok. Her 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 is very confident and focused.

Liana Waruguru

Liana comes from a very needy and poor background. She is the first born in a family of 4 children and a single mother, who works as a casual laborer. 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 and was granted admission at Njonjo Girls High School. She heard of Sports for Change after we organized a charity colour run in Nanyuki. She applied for sponsorship and was accepted. She 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. She is now in Form 3.

LUCY PARSIWUANET

Lucy is a 15 year old girl from Ololua village, Suswa , Kajiado. From a young age, she had a great thirst for education, and had to fight for her rights for the same. Her father was opposed to the idea and would instead send her out to the field to heard sheep and goats, as their culture does not favor girl child education. 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. She 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 applied for Sponsorship and was accepted. She is currently in Form One at Baraka Oontoyie Secondary School. 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

Alexina Moraa

She joined Sports for change family this year. A shy quiet 14 years girl who lives miles away from her ancestral home with her family. She is the first born of 4 siblings. Her parents moved when she was 7 years old and settled in a place called Kimotho as tea pickers. She joined the local primary school and her good performance was noticed immediately. She topped her school in her final KCPE exams and got a place in Ngandu girls. Her dream is to become a science teacher.

Daniel Kinuthia

He joined Sports for Change family this year. He is 16 years old boy. He comes from Kimotho village , He has 2 siblings. As a first born, his dream is be a good role model to his siblings. He performed well in KCPE and got a place in Njiiris high school. A very good performing school in Muranga County. His parents are both tea pickers in their small farm and also as causal laborers. His dream is to become an Engineer.

James Kisaa

James Joined Sports For Change family in July 2021. He is 13 years old and a first born of six. He performed very well in KCPE and was number 2 in his school. He was admitted in Njumbi high school. Unable to get school fees, his parents, who are casual laborers in a tea farm, got him a place in a day school. His primary school teacher discovered his desperate situation when he took his day school forms to be certified. He sent out an online message to request any well-wisher to help the boy. Sports For Change came through as a co-sponsor with the parents. He is now happily in his dream boarding school. His dream is to become an engineer. We wish her all the best in her secondary school life

Margaret Wacuka

Wacuka joined Sports For Change in July 2021. She is 13 years and first born of 4 siblings. Her dream to join her school of choice came real when SFC gave her sponsorship. Her case was desperate and her parents only alternative was to get for her a day school. SFC believes in giving needy but bright students a chance to quality education regardless of their under privileged back grounds. Her dream is to become a doctor. We wish her all the best in her secondary school life.

Mercy Kirera

Mercy joined Sports For Change in July 2021. She is 14 years and first born of 5 siblings. Her dream to join her school of choice came real when SFC gave her sponsorship. She was ready to join a day school as her parents who are casual laborers could not afford the fees required in the school she had been admitted in. SFC believes in giving needy but bright students a chance to quality education regardless of their underprivileged backgrounds. Her dream is to become an Engineer. We wish her all the best in her secondary school life.

Nelly Naisianoi

Nelly joined Sports For Change family July 2021. She is the first born of 5. We were touched by her father’s persistence and passion to educate her daughter , been a masaai this was a big deal to us. She got a place at St. Charles Lwanga Girls in Kisii. Her mum’s beading business was hugely affected by Covid 19. Her father has no job and could not afford to take Nelly to school. SFC gave her an opportunity to shape her life. Her dream is to become a nurse. We wish her all the best in her secondary school life.