90 students from low income families in Likoni and Mvita Sub Counties in
Mombasa have now joined secondary school after being awarded scholarship.
A non –govermental organization, Hatua Network, has awarded scholarship to 50 students in Likoni and another 40 students in Mvita after their families failed to afford their education.
Co- Founder & Director hatua network Gabrielle Fondiller said 2020 scholarship program has grown from 428 to 501 beneficiaries.
“Once students join high school we monitor their performance each term to ensure they keep up high standards of performance. Coaching and counselling of students is conducted by the lead of our mentoring department” she said.
She further said the objective of Hatua’s scholarship program was to increase educational attainment in the communities and enable economic mobility for children born into poverty within Mvita and Likoni.
Albert Odour a work at Likoni quarry is among the parents who has benefited from the scholarship program.
According to him, his first born child scored 383 marks in Kenya certificate of primary school at Royal seed academy in Mtongwe but he could not afford to pay school fee.
“Sometimes I earn Sh 300 a day and I cannot manage to provide to my family basic needs including paying rent, buy food for the family and pay school fee for the other children.
His daughter Jacinta Cathire joined secondary school in Garrisa County Wednesday.
He said he was not able to raise school fee of Sh.40, 000 but thanked Hatua which came to his aid.
Pupils were awarded a 10 year scholarship which will see them complete university education, school fee depends on individual basis but ranges between Sh.60, 000 to Sh.70, 000 said Fondiller.