We work closely with local primary schools in the area to select highly motivated intelligent students who come from pastoralist backgrounds and whose families are unable to afford the school fees.
Sponsoring these young people provides them with a rare and precious opportunity that will transform their lives.
Since 2001 over 200 beneficiaries have had their lives transformed by donors who donated scholarship funds to help children living in the elephants’ range. The alumni are now becoming leaders in their communities. Each is an ambassador for conservation while also increasing local capacity in a wide range of sectors such as health, education, wildlife, tourism, and business, among others.
The Scholarship programme is one of many outreach activities run by the Save the Elephants’ education team in Northern Kenya. The team also teaches classes designed to increase students’ knowledge of elephants, organise field trips for students to see elephants firsthand, purchase educational equipment such as desks, meals for boarding students, equip dormitories, construct latrines and provide electricity for schools. Last year, the team distributed more than a thousand drought resistant seedlings to provide future shade from trees.
This program goes the extra mile to build both intellect and character, and the sponsor has a unique opportunity to be part of this journey. The students build friendships with their sponsors, and with STE and stay in close contact the whole way through termly letters and pictures.
With much needed help from individual donors and foundations, STE continues to advance young people who are working towards preserving their rich heritage, empowering the communities they come from. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please donate today!