How the Process Works
The primary reason all our students are seeking help to finish their education is to help themselves and their families escape the cycle of poverty. We hope to empower our students through education, enabling them to lead successful careers and sustain themselves and their loved ones. With a stable career and home life, our students will also be able to give back to their communities and empower others to improve their lives and their communities.
Each year we receive hundreds of applications for sponsorship, out of which we can only help so many. As part of the process we must ensure that the students applying are truly the most deserving before we award them a sponsorship. We do this through a rather rigorous application and validation process.
It all starts with the student application process:
1. Referral from contacts or independent application. We have a number of liaisons in communities throughout Kenya who are always on the lookout for students who want to go to school and need help to do so.
2. Fill out and turn in an application form. This form helps us build a profile for each student and assess their strengths and weaknesses in areas like academic performance, discipline, and leadership skills.
3. Follow-up meeting with team Kenya. We visit the applicants in their schools to interact with them on their own turf. At this time, we also speak with their classmates, teachers, principals, and other people close to the student to better understand their situation.
4. Interview with Moja Tu board members. Students who we determine to be a good fit for our program meet with our board members on their annual trip to Kenya. At this time, students can explain why they want to go to school and tell us about their visions for the future. They can also ask any questions they have about the program.
5. Team Kenya case validation visit. After interviewing with the board members, our team in Kenya will visit the student and their family at their home. This is done to evaluate the student’s level of need. Our students come from a variety of impoverished backgrounds, including children’s homes, migrant farming, isolated tribal communities, and more. Other factors indicating a child’s neediness include source of income for the family, type of home, number of meals the child gets in a day, and where the child sleeps at night.
6. Decision by Sponsorship Validation Committee. After the above steps are completed, the final notes and pictures for the student’s file are compiled and given to the Sponsorship Validation Committee. After carefully reviewing these notes, the committee makes a final decision concerning who the program will move forward with finding a sponsor for.
7. Acknowledging the sponsorship decision. Our team in Kenya informs the student about whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Accepted students will be sent to school the following term. Students who are not accepted into the program may reapply the following year.