Children that go to school have the future! Therefore we believe it’s important that as many children in the Kibera slum as possible can go to school. We have setup several initiatives. A minimum of 1.260 children will to go school in 2017.

Children of the mothers

Stichting4Life makes sure that a minimum of two children per family of the women who participate in our employment projects can go to school. Most of the time this concerns the eldest children because in case the mother gets sick (for example because of HIV/aids), they can support the younger children. If the children want to compete a vocational training afterwards, the foundation will provide the funding. With a diploma and small start-up capital in their pocket they are ready to get a job.

40 children to school: from toddler to job

Next to these children, we also support a number of schools in the middle of the Kibera slum. These schools are often blocked from outside help and founded by volunteers from the slum (often mothers) with little to no means. Before we give support, we talk to the schools headmaster and monitor how they treat the given means. If all goes well, we start supporting the school by taking care of a new building, new furniture, paid teachers, learning materials and daily lunch.

School lunch is often the only nutritious meal of the day for these children. For some of them it’s the reason they come to school, but definitely necessary to pay attention during a school day.

All the schools have toilets and educate the children on hygiene. For lunch everybody washes his or her hands. Thanks to the support of the Rotaries Woerden the high schools are equipped with a purification system with pump. Rainwater is collected from the roofs of the schools and purified for use.

From primary school to job

Our goal is to help these children find a job. Our support starts at childcare and continues on to primary school and high school. After high school the students with the best results can go to university. For the other children there are a number of possibilities to learn a profession or start their own business. For example by participating in training at the Professional Skills Center.

Georges success story (23)

George is one of the first children who participated in our education project in 2007. He started with primary school and then went to high school. Two years later his mother died, but his education was continued with our help. After high school he learned to become a chef. George now works as a manager in a hotel.

Akili School – primary school

  • From 120 to 280 children
  • From a ruin to 10 class rooms with doors and windows
  • From sitting on the ground to tables and benches
  • Learning materials for everyone
  • From 2 volunteers to 10 paid and trained teachers
  • Lunch every day and special porridge for the little ones
  • From a hole in the ground to 10 real toilets
  • Microcredit program for parents

Aim Higher School – primary school

  • From chipboard ruin to real building with a second floor
  • From group 1 to 5 to Kindergarten to group 8
  • With paid en trained teachers
  • With a kitchen where food is prepared every day for 260 students
  • Microcredit program for parents
  • Hygiene training
  • And a super proud headmaster

Fairview School – primary school

  • From 126 to 380 children
  • From areas with bulkheads to 12 class rooms and two extra rooms
  • With contributions from the parents to keep them involved
  • Two chefs in a kitchen with a chimney
  • Lunch with vegetables and fruit every day for all the children
  • Clean drinking water and running water in the toilets
  • Microcredit program for parents
  • A headmaster who’s in control

Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) – primary school

  • Started out as a soccer club for girls and is now a school with four classes
  • Opportunity for a better future for 140 girls
  • Support with furniture, learning material, chemistry laboratory and daily lunch
  • Microcredit program for parents
  • Extracurricular activities like soccer and journalism
  • Great exam results

ALLSAFE Secondary School – high school

  • High school founded especially for boy and girls from primary schools mentioned above, so they can continue their education
  • Started with 1 class, now 4 classes with 160 students
  • Well-trained teachers
  • Daily lunch for everybody
  • Special computer room and chemistry materials

These high schools participate in programs that are not part of government school programs, however the government does support these programs. These programs are called ‘Changemakers’ and have won several prices.

Professional Skills Center – occupational training

  • Training after high school graduation
  • 12 week training in ‘bootcamp’-style
  • Grooming for business
  • Training in: Western Culture, Oral Communication skills, Business Skills, Life Skills, Project management, Written communication skills and/or Computer skills

Fabulous’ dreams (14)

Fabulous went to primary school at one of our schools. In 2015 she moved on to high school.  She wants to become a lawyer, but first she will follow the Professional Skills Training to increase her chances of getting a job. A job that allows her to save money for college and turn her dream into a reality.