EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Please take the time to read about the educational opportunities our children receive while living at Shangilia. If you would like to partner in donating $20/month to help sponsor school fees, uniforms, supplies, etc. please click "Donate" below.

Shangilia Children's Home

In 2013 a kindergarten was established at Shangilia to prepare the children that came to them without any formal education to join the community public school.  Although only intended for the 5-6 Shangilia kids who needed this help, parents from the neighboring community wanted to send their children as well and the kindergarten rapidly grew to around 40 students per term.  The Shangilia kindergarten has been a tremendous success with their students scoring at the top of the Grade 1 entrance exam at the local public school. 

The kindergarten is currently housed in the boys dorm at Shangilia where they move out the boys’ beds each day to make room for their classes. In addition to the ongoing costs of teachers and supplies, they are in need of a separate facility so they don't have to continue to move beds and re-setup each day.

Community Public Schools

 

Post High School Education

The Kenyan government provides teachers for the public schools but children are charged monthly fees to cover all of the other costs of their education.  Each public school also has its own uniform that the students are required to wear.  For grades 1-8 students attend their local public school.  When students reach grades 9-12, many attend boarding school as most Kenyans view this as the best form of high school education despite its higher cost.   With the continually increasing number of children at Shangilia it is an ongoing struggle to pay the school fees and purchase the uniforms and supplies required by each child.

Shangilia children graduating from high school face special challenges because they don’t have family to live with or to help pay fees while they attend university or train for a career. There are also certain gaps in their life skills from growing up in a children’s home rather than a family setting.  While all of the Shangilia children are considered to be family and can stay on and help the staff after completing grade 12, the best scenario is for them to start down the path to independence. Currently Kefa & Francis try to find donors to pay for the university or career education of their high school graduates on a case-by-case basis.  However, Shangilia’s leaders are working to develop a program that will help all their graduates pursue education for a career while learning the skills needed to live independently and manage their own finances.