To increase access to secondary education for children in extreme poverty through merit based scholarships, recognizing that these children will return to their respective communities as educated, inspired and innovate young people, who will improve the quality of life by breaking the cycle of poverty.
One of the biggest barriers to ending poverty in Africa is lack of education. Many children are unable to go to school in most parts of Africa, because of the fee structure that exists. Instead, they are forced to stay at home and tend to younger siblings or go out into the workforce. Unlike many countries in the West, secondary school in Kenya is not free. Thus, to continue on past 8th grade, a high school student ends up paying around $500 per year. This becomes unachievable as the majority of Kenyans survive on less than a dollar a day, making it impossible to send their children to school. As a result, many students drop out of school and education is placed beyond their reach.
How We Help
The Deborah Amoi Foundation (DAF) is a nonprofit organization that provides merit-based scholarships enabling underprivileged students in East Africa access to education. DAF is committed to make education accessible to underprivileged students all over Kenya. The situation is dire especially in rural areas; however, with donations by concerned and benevolent givers like you, together we can help break the cycle of poverty.
How We Began
DAF started in 2009 with 10 students and as of 2011, over 80 students have been sponsored from over 30 villages in Kenya. Our target group is impoverished and/or orphaned 8th graders who have been accepted to high school but lack fees. Born in Maragoli, Kenya Deborah Amoi (1936-2003) was an elementary school teacher who used her resources to help care and educate poor students from her community. It is in this spirit that her daughter Anne set up the foundation to continue her mother’s legacy.