Category: Education

Making Learning Fun During Summer Vacation September 10, 2015

By: Jeffrey Okoro, Education Program Officer — August marked the second official school vacation period in the Kenyan education calendar. For 4 weeks, students were happy to have a break after the last 3 months of strenuous classes. This presents …

An Occupational Therapy Student’s Encounter with Kibera August 17, 2015

[Editor’s Note: As you will read, CFK welcomed 4 Occupational Therapy students and their professor to Kibera in June to conduct a needs and environment survey for people living with disabilities in Kibera. The project was a huge success and …

“I Can Be Anything I Want in the Future”: Joshua Ong’eta’s Journey through School—and Beyond July 7, 2015

By: Scott Weathers, CFK Intern, American University — Many aspects of life in Kibera—both the awful and hopeful—are often said to be tied to good or bad luck. As described by Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, people in …

“Words Alone Cannot Express My Gratitude”: Laurine Otawa Has Completed Her Diploma Course! June 19, 2015

Earlier this year, we mentioned that Laurine Oloo Otawa, recipient of CFK’s Alan Cross Memorial Scholarship, had plans to graduate in December. Those plans, as Laurine told us recently, are officially set in stone! Laurine wrote to us earlier this …

An Athlete’s Focus: Seline’s Journey from Jump Roper to Straight-A Student June 4, 2015

By: Jeffrey Okoro, Education Program Officer — When first meeting Seline Anyango, CFK scholarship recipient, it is obvious that she is very diligent and serious about her studies. But there is certainly more to Seline, including a sharp wit, an …

After Graduation, Baraza Goes After His Dream May 4, 2015

By: Scott Weathers, CFK Intern, American University — CFK Education Program Officer, Jeffrey Okoro, and I approach the imposing structure of Equity Bank, which juts into the Kibera sky between the tin roofs of vegetable stands and metal shops. It’s …

Bright, Ambitious, and Headed to High School March 12, 2015

By: Scott Weathers, CFK Volunteer Last month, 25 Kibera students were awarded high school scholarships after an intense application process. With 110 students applying this year, CFK’s scholarship process was almost as competitive as undergraduate admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, where …

“Passion Is My Driving Force”: An Update on Laurine and John, Scholarship Recipients January 13, 2015

It’s been awhile since we last heard from the first recipients of Carolina for Kibera’s Alan Cross Memorial Scholarship, Laurine Oloo Otawa and Antony John Mwaura. The new year encouraged CFK staff to reach out to Laurine and John to …