School Sponsorships From Abroad May Hurt More Than They Help

“Many children in this community go to private schools associated with one of the biggest churches around this community where they are all sponsored. Money coming from the sponsors abroad for one child is big enough to cater for many children. Where the rest goes nobody knows, the worst is that the teachers receive full assurance that their salary will come from the sponsor no matter the output and therefore are not under any pressure to push the kids to their best, they simply don’t care. These children after completing their high school cannot communicate in proper English, they cannot even write a letter. They end up at a Miraa den around here threatening the security of the residence. Parents who raise complaints are threatened with the termination of their children’s sponsorships.

I have joined this team as a Cell Leader to work with the members of the community to build Cells that will bring the members of the community together to start talking about issues like this and many more because I do not think kids need to be in a certain school to be sponsored or that it might be better if I struggle to pay my child’s school fees rather than have him sponsored and not getting proper Education.”

– John Karanja, Cell Leader in Bul Bul, Ngong Community