Grandma Sarah Obama
Grandma Sarah is a strong believer in education having seen the impact first hand. She raised Barack Obama Snr before he won a scholarship to study in America. As we all know, his son went on to become President of the USA and the the deep affection for his Grandma is clear in his book, “Dreams from my Father”.
Grandma Sarah lives in Kogelo near to our Education Farm and has taken a close interest in that project and our scholarships. She cares for several orphans and supports a widows & grandmothers group that does the same – finding the money to pay their school fees.
Jane Obinchu was the primary school head teacher whose story was portrayed by British actress Naomie Harris in the film “The First Grader”.
Jane was our keynote speaker our workshop in Nairobi in 2014 and told how Kimane Maruge turned up one day demanding his free place at school. Maruge was 84 years old – not the typical age for a primary school pupil!
Despite opposition from within the education system and local community, Jane gave Maruge the chance to read and write and news of his case gained worldwide attention. Maruge was invited to speak to the United Nations in New York.
Jane cares deeply that all children should receive an education, giving them the chance to escape poverty and we are honoured that she has chosen to bless the children we sponsor and provide encouragement to our projects.
It’s so good to have an encourager who walks the talk
We are delighted to be following their example and with Grandma Sarah and Jane’s encouragement we have grown our scholarship programme.
Beginning with John in January 2011, we now help 149 young Kenyans to attend school and receive an education.
Why this work is so important
A recent study showed that almost 40% of men and women aged 20 to 35 in Nyanza province are HIV positive.
The HIV/AIDS rate combined with malaria and other diseases leaves many orphans and families so poor that education becomes a luxury they simply cannot afford. We can do something about that.
This is why Grandma Sarah supports our work. Would you like to?