Looking Back | 12+ 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 in higher/advanced education!
At present, we support 3 students (1 young woman and 2 young men). We have celebrated alongside these young adults as they’ve completed primary and secondary school studies. Our youngest student completed Form IV in 2021 and will begin advanced educational 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 we have supported over the last 12+ years, two of our original “Tumaini 7” graduated from their one-year certificate programs and our JOS program then opted to enter the workforce: one at a boutique hotel in Zanzibar and the other chose to explore business opportunities in Karatu. Our 2020 Jobortunity graduate entered the hospitality industry upon graduation. And, most recently in 2021, our last “Tumaini 7” student completed her three-year college program and entered the workforce.
The remainder either transitioned to be supported by AATz or, while difficult, six students have 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 (Kiswahili version here).
With our focus on our current 3 students, we remain committed to equipping these young adults with strong educational and social 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. To date this support has included courses at vocational schools and training institutes, and certificate and diploma programs. Qualifying students who wish to pursue higher education studies can request 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, we are committed to identifying mentors and organizations that can come alongside our students as they transition from their educational endeavors. In fact, upon completing their advanced studies, 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 ([email protected]).