The goal of the student program is to provide educational opportunities for needy children within the Massai community which enables them to function in society independently.
Children that do not have the chance to attend school will end up in illiteracy. To break the circle of illiteracy and poverty we think it is important that children get at least basic education at the schools existing in the area. If a child turns out to be intelligent and willing, Naretoi eV will follow its whole education process all the way up to KCSE. From there on we also try to help the student to find a job, by supporting the necessary: college course, driving licence,..., or we subsidize university.
As our money is limited but we try to help as many children (families) as possible we follow the following criteria for picking children to attend the student program
- child (child’s family / parent) is very needy (from Massai community viewpoint)
- only one child per family can join the program
- no difference between boys or girls
To make sure only needy children are considered, we established a committee of parents and teachers located in the different areas Naretoi is working, that are helping to identify the needy children, on January 2012.
Naretoi is not giving the money cash to the families for them to send their child to school.
The Naretoi Team in Kenya is paying the school-fees directly to the schools, is buying the school uniforms and school supplies together with the child and its family and also is following the child’s health and performance during school terms. It does not mean that Naretoi is taking care of everything around the child. The parents remain with the responsibility for their child and have to take care of small personal needs and that the child attends school regularly. The Naretoi Team Kenya will assist them in any case if they need support.
It is important to us, that Naretoi, the teachers and the parents form a team and help each other with information about the child to make sure the child is healthy (which we consider to be the basis for education) and gets education due to its abilities. Even slow learners have the right to get at least basis education and if we can support by tuition or maybe by taking the child to a boarding school we will do so. We will always encourage the children, not let them down.
To finance the student program Naretoi e.V. tries to find sponsorships for the children and does several fundraising projects mainly in Germany.