Looking Back | 10 years behind us!
Looking Ahead | Kesho Fund & Winding Down
To date, 90% of JOS students who have advanced to Form IV have completed secondary school and
80% have enrolled (or will be by 2020) in higher education!
At present, we support 7 students (3 young women and 4 young men): 6 from Shalom Orphanage and 1 from the town of Karatu. We have celebrated alongside these young adults as they’ve completed primary and in most cases secondary school studies – our youngest student is on track to complete Form IV in 2021, and begin higher education pursuits in 2022. And by 2027, eighteen years from its inception, we anticipate that our CSP will sunset upon completion of its ambitious mission.
Of the students in our program, two of our original “Tumaini 7” graduated from their one-year certificate programs and our JOS program. Both have opted to enter the workforce: one is working at a boutique hotel in Zanzibar, whilst the other will soon begin at a lodge in Karatu! The remainder either transitioned to be supported by AATz or, while difficult, four students transitioned out of JOS due to behavioral challenges with educational institutions and/or misconduct with JOS policies. You can find more information about our policies here Kesho Fund FAQ (See Kiswahili version here)
With our focus on our current 7 students, we remain committed to equipping these young adults with strong educational tools so that they can navigate their futures. The Kesho Fund will offer these tools through providing advanced educational support of up to 5 years from the time of Form IV graduation. As detailed on our Kesho Fund FAQ , this support could include courses at vocational schools and training institutes, certificate and diploma programs or university. Qualifying students who wish to pursue higher education studies can request to receive funding for continued learning Kesho Fund – Request for Continued Learning (see Kiswahili version here) or for a one-time business funding grant Kesho Fund – Request for Business Funding (see Kiswahili version here).
A final note about our students from Shalom Orphanage Centre: as students complete their advanced educational endeavors and transition out of the CSP, they will also transition out of living at Shalom, per government law. Although JOS cannot assume guardianship for any of the supported students upon completing their advanced educational endeavors, eligible students can apply for a one-time transition gift to help them get settled into the next stage of life.
For more information about the Kesho Fund – or to support one of our students – please contact Elizabeth (JOSChildSponsorship@gmail.com).