For a child growing up in Pap-Onditi, education is the only path to a better future.
If you ask parents, they will tell you- it is the one thing they want most for their sons and daughters.
It is the only thing that can rescue their children from an almost certain future of subsistence farming and manual labor. For girls, it is the only thing that is proven to prevent early marriage and delay childbearing.
In short, achieving an education is what determines their fate.
And it all happens before most students turn 15.
Now imagine you are a smart and motivated student. Against all odds, you have made it through primary school, in fact you have excelled. You may even be at the top of your class.
You study long hours in the evenings, your books and papers illuminated by a single weak kerosene flame. You attend to your studies after doing household chores, rising early and walking to school each day.
Along with your classmates, you take a comprehensive national exam at the end of 8th Grade. Your scores are excellent, but you miss out on a highly competitive government scholarship that would allow you to attend high school.
Now, your only option is to turn to your family. They must pay the tuition fees. They must pay for your books, your uniform, your room and board, and even your paper and pens. They are given a few weeks to come up with the money for your first term. If they are unable, you are denied entry.
It will cost them almost $600 for the first year alone. In a family that gets by on less than $2/day, this is the equivalent of a year’s income. And there are other children to support and expenses to pay.
In the face of this insurmountable barrier, you leave school and your formal education effectively comes to an end.
We recognize the challenges faced by families that struggle to put their children through school. We work closely with the Konditi Primary School and the community to identify students with high potential for academic success, whose families are unable to pay for further education due to hardship.
With the help of generous donors, we provide full tuition scholarships for these students to attend local and regional high schools. We pay all the costs associated with their education, including room, board, uniforms and school supplies. We track their progress and make sure they continue to excel.
We are privileged to share in their hopes and dreams for the future.
For many, they need look no further for a role model and mentor than the founder of I-KODI, Daniel Ochiel. They say they want to be like Daniel. They want to study in the United States, they want to become doctors, they want to help their community. In our eyes, there is no greater achievement.
Join us in helping to sponsor a student to attend high school. Learn more about our Scholarship Program and contact us if you have further questions. It is an investment in the future that will forever change the life of a young person for the better.