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Education Works

Sponsor a Student

Change a Life

Education. It is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace.

Sponsor a student and change a child's life. Watch that change ripple through a family, a community, a country, our world. 

100% of the sponsorship fee goes into a unique account for your sponsored student. Money is only spent on that child and their family's basic needs. 


Education Sponsorship


Education is a basic human right. The United Nations member countries have a goal to educate every child, but we are falling well short of that as the 2030 goal date approaches. The rate and magnitude of Kenyan poverty keep far too many children from attending school. The cost of school fees, uniforms and school supplies is one barrier. Gender inequality, period poverty, and early pregnancy and marriage develop during adolescence. Infrastructure barriers include a lack of school buildings, clean water supply and reliable electricity.

Our integrated pillars comprehensively address these issues. Through education sponsorship, we provide education access to children facing the harshest barriers, matching students with individual sponsors. A meaningful relationship between students and sponsors serves as cultural exchange, friendship and connectivity to our greater humanity.  

We accept sponsors throughout the year and always have students under our umbrella in need of your support.

Primary School

Primary school in Kenya includes grades 1 - 8. Our preferred primary school partner is VICODEC for students in the Ongata Rongai area. VICODEC is a safe, well-governed campus in operation for nearly two decades. Primary sponsorship includes:


  • School fees

  • Uniforms 

  • Textbooks

  • Boarding

  • Daily meals

  • Social services

  • Health care

Secondary School

Secondary school in Kenya is the equivalent of U.S. high school, grades 9 - 12. It is not free. And while the fees would be within reach for most families in the U.S., the rate and magnitude of those living in poverty in Kenya keep far too many children from completing their basic education.


Kenya Works provides student sponsorships based on the needs and challenges that the student faces as well as their commitment to their education. Our secondary student sponsorships include:

  • School fees

  • Uniforms 

  • Textbooks

  • Boarding

  • Daily meals

  • Social services


Our goal is to connect students with a single sponsor for all four years of secondary education to offer both financial support and the opportunity to meaningfully share in the child's progress. The annual fee to sponsor is $500 and can be paid annually for each of the 4 years, or monthly for 48 months. One hundred percent of your sponsorship fee goes into a unique account for your sponsored student entirely used to cover the student's expenses. 


On the ground, Kenya Works social workers meet regularly with students while at school and conduct annual home visits during breaks. Students correspond at least annually with their sponsor, and many sponsors correspond with the students regularly, fostering even stronger connections. 

A Word from our Sponsors

Scott & Beth Ehlers

I believe that quality education opens opportunities. For this reason I have sponsored two students through Kenya Works.


These are children with the desire to learn, but not the means to pay for public schooling.


I have been to Kenya and have seen the pride of Kenya Works scholars as well as the gratitude of their families. It is a powerful experience to know that I have made a difference in my students’ lives.

We began sponsoring a child because it seemed like the right thing to do.


We continue sponsoring because we believe we are making a difference not only in the lives of these children, but in the lives of their families, and their entire community.


Our contribution is small, but the impact is so great. It’s an amazing gift to be able to give.

Anne Morrissey
& Kendall McMinimy

How could we not?

A small contribution makes a powerful impact not just on our student's life, but also on our own.

Our student inspires me with all she has overcome to ensure her freedom from child marriage and right to education.


It is a reminder to me to stand for children's rights everywhere so we all have a better world. 

Jackie & Michael Sharkey

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