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Programme 4: Youth Development

“My family are all looking forward to seeing me making it in life and I always tell them ‘YES I WILL’. I dream to change my family and community towards making Kenya a better place to live than how I found it. The change starts with me”.
Purity - University graduate of Education supported by Kesho Kenya

Why we do it

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Kesho Kenya students are smart and with high aspirations and a true desire to give back to their communities.

Leaving school is an exciting time but also one of uncertainty and change.

Kesho is one of the few organisations which supports children before, during and beyond secondary school. Currently 158 students have left school since our first students in 2006. We have no doubts as to the importance of this; children knowing that we are supporting them from start to finish on their educational journey gives them the confidence and security they need.

With us, Kesho students are empowered to take up opportunities and become independent young adults with choice. 75% transition to higher education after primary school (2014-16), whereas only only 13% of their peers in Coast Region do the same.

Qualifications, life skills, job and scholarship application support and work experience all help to give Kesho students the edge they will need to enter a competitive job market; unemployment is high in Kenya but not among Kesho students where 85% have found work in the 2 years since graduating.

How we do it

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“Paying it Forward” - Sometimes the greatest outcomes and deepest impacts come not as a direct result of our actions but from the actions of those we have inspired.

“Paying it Forward” awakens a realization among our Alumni of their skills, talents and knowledge and inspires them to take action in their own communities, to share their gifts and become agents of change.

Kesho Kenya prepares children for their future - students make their own choices in taking up opportunities and deciding their future paths as they become independent young adults. We provide encouragement while they remain firmly in the driving seat.

1. Financial Support at College and University and provision of lap tops to keep our students on a par with their peers.
  • 68% of students supported through Tertiary Education (Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees) since 2006.

2. Membership to the Kesho Kenya Alumni is automatic for all school leavers.
  • 158 students have left secondary school since we began in 2004.

3. Training courses and workshops in:
  • IT & Entrepreneurship offered to all school leavers in their first year (22 children in 2015)
  • Life skills, HIV and Reproductive and Sexual Health (109 children in 2015)

4. Work Experience and lots of volunteer opportunities in the Kesho Office and resource centre.
  • 37% of Kesho Kenya students (60 in total) have volunteered for Kesho to date
  • 60% volunteered in 2015.
  • 12% of students (n=19) have been employed for one year by Kesho as Peer Educators and Administrators.

5. All round support for job, scholarship and internship applications.
  • 20% have been awarded competitive scholarships and internships to date.

Our Impacts

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The human impact is told through the students’ stories

68% do a Diploma or Degree.
Compare this with the County average of only 13%. We must be doing something right!
37% Volunteer with Kesho Kenya and Give Back
85% Employed within 2 years of leaving secondary or tertiary education (n=34: we have lost contact with 18 (11%) of students since 2006)

Look what our students write about Kesho Kenya

“Kesho is a chapter of my life I wouldn’t dare close. It has been the window through which I can see the whole world”
George - University student of Communications supported by Kesho Kenya

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