Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Next-Step Scholarship

Seven years ago, Abdul Kassim decided to establish the first and only free, community-run, all-girl secondary schools in Kibera.  It started with volunteer teachers and plastic chairs, donated school supplies and 13 students with big dreams.  Abdul knew that if he wanted to create a transformative learning environment that he would need to find a way to provide more services.  Over the years he was able to find sustainable funding for a lunch program, a new school building, teacher scholarships to pursue post-secondary education & teacher trainings, and an arts & athletic program that deepened the sense of community.

Now, Our model of a rigorous, free-education for girls is working. Each year, more of our graduates are qualifying for universities, pursuing vocational education, or are interested in establishing their own business.  To help address this need, the KGSA Foundation has created the "Next-Step Scholarship" to help finance that “next-step” for the students of KGSA so that they can continue beating the odds. 

However, in order for this to work we need people like yourself to support KGSA graduates and their next-step with a monthly commitment, no matter how small or large of a contribute.  We are asking supporters to commit to a monthly recurring donation (a new feature on our donate page).  100% of this donation will help fund a post-secondary opportunity for a KGSA graduate, whether that be a microfinance loan, a two-year degree program, or college tuition.

What can you give?

* $5.00 / month:  Give up one latte, and pay for her annual school supplies
* $15.00 / month:  Skip a movie for two, and she invests in a small business
* $40.00 / month:  Forego a concert or show, and she gains a degree from a vocational institution
* $80.00 / month:  Pass on dinner for two, and she goes to university for a full year
Sponsor a KGSA graduate's dream today by 
becoming a member of the Next-Step Scholarship

For more information on how you can be a part of the Next-Step Scholarship, visit our website at: www.kgsafoundation.org/scholarship