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Mobilizing AIDS Widows and Orphans of Kasavai, Kenya toward Self-sufficiency through HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention, and Management, Small Business Enterprise, Education, and Nutrition... and Clean Water

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Secondary school education -
A high school education is not free in Kenya.  Tuition and fees alone for a local day school can be $400 or more annually.  Boarding schools usually charge $1000 or more annually.  Boarding schools provide meals, an environment more condusive to study (including light at night), and added safety (especially for the girls).  The faculty is also paid better.  Although the boarding schools are more expensive, they are the better choice for most students if they are accepted. National schools are very hard to get into and are the most expensive, costing thousands of dollars per year (some of which the government often subsidizes with a scholarship, i.e., "bursary").
 
Over the years CLOUT Cares has helped more than 60 students attend and graduate from high school.  All were orphan or "half-orphan" dependent children of the Watafutaji widows. They were distributed approximately equally between local day schools and boarding schools near and far away.  CLOUT Cares paid full tuition and fees no matter what school the student attended.  
 
Students are selected by high schools based on their performance on tests given at the end of Standard 8 (eighth grade). Thus, the better a student's test scores, the more likely he or she is to be selected by a better, more competitive, and more expensive high school.
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Five of the ten high school graduates of 2010
 
In 2012 CLOUT Cares began to phase out our high school tuition and fees program in favor of a robust Vocational Education program.  We found that we were fostering a growing dependence on us.  In some cases, students did not apply for or get government support for which they were otherwise entitled because government and local officials (as well as the students) viewed our support as an easy, sure thing.

 

We continue to fund those students already in the program and a few more students who have been added on a hardship basis.  This provides incentive for the students and their families to seek help locally if they need it while still allowing those with the greatest need to come to us.
 

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