Education in the desert.
Global Tribe Volunteer Esta Croft learns sign language during a mentorship sessions with the School For The Deaf in East Pokot, Kenya.
Relin Education Centre
Relin means 'something new' in East Pokot, Kenya. Resources are scarce. At our education centre we have books, life skills guides, mentors and study materials. The centre was opened in 2017 and continues to expand.
The Youth Education Support Program is a two-part program designed to help high school graduates become agents of change within their community while also offering assistance to vulnerable primary schools (elementary schools) in the region. Volunteers are mentored and then placed at local primary schools where they teach classes, facilitate workshops, offer tutoring, and help address absenteeism and student drop outs. Many elementary schools in East Pokot are severely under resourced and under staffed. The students who attend these schools face a multitude of challenges as they try to stay in school, pass their exams, and eventually make it to high school. The dropout rates in the area are very high due to poverty related issues, family migration, early marriage, and child labor. Our hope is that the YES Program participants will be great role models for these younger students and be able to offer a crucial support role in their lives. This program requires funding as the participants are paid a small stipend to assist with their living cost.
Unfortunately, many students who complete high school in East Pokot do not have the financial means to continue their education. As we believe in assisting individuals to reach their full potential we have started a University Scholarship Program. We are providing partial university scholarships for 2 high school graduates who successfully completed last years YES Program. One of the students is pursuing a degree in community development and the other in teaching. We know these two students well and are very proud of their hard work. These students are reinvesting in their community by volunteering with us on university breaks.
Holiday Support Program
This program offers support and mentorship to our scholarship students, and other vulnerable students in the area, during the school break. The school break presents many challenges to the students including hunger, lack of materials and resources for studying, forced marriage and forced labor. The holiday program offers a safe space for the students to study and provides food, tutoring, and empowerment workshops to help them address the challenges they face.