Abeingo Bursary Fund:

Overview:

Abeingo Canada launched a bursary program in 2010 that generally aims at overcoming barriers which hamper access to education by needy students including HIV/AIDS orphans. The bursary is being supported through funds raised by Abeingo Canada well-wishers.

The Challenge

Since the introduction of the “Free Primary Education” policy, in 2003, where school fees and levies were abolished at the primary school level, relieving the household burden of financing primary education, there has been an upsurge of children transitioning from primary school to secondary school. Many of the students come from poor families and many are orphans that have been affected by AIDS. Kenya has 2.0 to 2.5 million children who have been orphaned due to AIDS. HIV/AIDS is eroding the family and community capacity to meet the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), including economic and food security, education, nutrition, health, and emotional well-being. The number of OVC is expected to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

Abeingo Bursary fund provides opportunities to children who seek to overcome their difficult circumstances through education in a manner consistent with Kenyan societal values, and government policies and guidelines. In addition Abeingo members provide mentorship and counselling to students.

Since its inception in 2010, Abeingo bursary committee has awarded 140 scholarships to academically gifted needy students including HIV/Aids orphans in several high schools in Kenya.

 

  • The annual bursary is now entering year 9.
  • Scholarship provides full fees for an entire year to a student.
  • Primarily the bursaries are targeted at girls who were disadvantaged because they had lost one or both parents due to HIV epidemic though male students also considered.
  • 6 students are in Universities in Kenya. The rest joined technical colleges.
  • Funds collected usually through the fundraising as well as with donations from well wishers
  • All funds collected are managed by a bursary committee
  • Number of students chosen depend on amount of funds raised vs amount of funds needed

Among the partners that Abeingo has on the ground is The Involvement of Teachers Living Positively (TITLIP) organization based in Webuye Kenya, was identified as the beneficiary of this award. This organization has in the past helped Abeingo identify orphan and needy children.

Abeingo members celebrate the transformative role education has played in our lives. As such, we feel duty bound to reciprocate by facilitating provision of the same educational opportunities afforded to us to economically struggling yet academically competent students.

Funding for this bursary is made possible from the following sources and activities:

Report from the bursary committee 2013

Report from the bursary committee 2011-2012

Report from the bursary committee 2010-2011

Awarding of bursaries in 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bursary Announcement 2013

Bursary Announcement 2019