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We empower children from underprivileged backgrounds to reach their full potential

What do we do

We develop stars across the Global South.

We provide access to quality education to children from informal settlements as a way of developing them into stars.

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What is a Star?

Well, according to Timon and Pumbaa from the iconic Lion King Film:

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Pumbaa

Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?

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Timon

They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.

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Pumbaa

Oh. What are they?

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Timon

They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.

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Pumbaa

Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.

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Timon

Pumbaa, with you, everything's gas.

So as not to have to pick between Timon and Pumbaa...this is what we describe stars as :

A STAR...

Is economically empowered

(Spirit of Abundance (what is in my hands? Nobody ever has nothing!) Giving culture, Saving culture)

Understands that he/she is created for a purpose

(Who Christ is, Who they are in Christ, Weakness and strengths, Passions, Talents)

Is environmentally cautious

(Climate change, Waste disposal, Emotional awareness, Situational awareness)

Is an asset to Society

(Values and Virtues, Conflict Resolution, Serving culture)

Has developed a growth mindset

(Creative thinking, Critical thinking, Communication (public speaking), Collaboration, Exposure)

Star Kids Pillars

Our 5 general Pillars

Life Skills Development Pillar; Scholarship Pillar; Individualized Mentorship Pillar; Infrastructure Support Pillar; Advocacy Pillar

Life Skills Development Pillar

Star Kids Initiative offers a bi-weekly life skills development program to public schools.

This pillar exists because quality education is indispensable for the achievement of sustainable development. The public education system in Kenya faces several challenges in the dispensing of quality education to all; ranging from the high rate of absenteeism to the high student to teacher ratio and the minimal access to learning resources to name but a few. The goal of this program is to focus on developing the children’s life skills in a regulated environment to ensure quality delivery.

 

Scholarship Pillar

In 2017, the Kenyan government adopted the 100% secondary school transition policy as part of the global campaign to give children access to basic education.

To reduce the financial strain on parents, the government increased its subsidy, showing commitment to the constitutionally-enshrined right to education. This pillar exists because even with a notable increase in enrollment, a percentage of parents, especially those living in urban informal settlements are still not able to afford the cost.
So far the program has impacted three kids.
The goal of this pillar is to allow for smooth transition from Primary School to Secondary School for as many kids as possible.

Individualized Mentorship Pillar

This pillar is about ensuring that the kids we have in our programs have people to walk with and receive guidance from as they go through the crucial stages of their lives.

We recognize that funding alone is not a wholesome contribution to the children’s lives and therefore offer individualized mentorship throughout their secondary education period. Currently,three (3) beneficiaries.
So far the program has impacted three kids.
We aim to have one-on-one mentorship for all the beneficiaries in our scholarship fund program.

Infrastructure Support Pillar

Our infrastructural support pillar is all about creating conducive environments for the kids attending the schools that we partner with.

This pillar exists because we understand that it is not just about reading but also about the fundamental facilities that are a necessity for the children’s well being. in order to support existing learning institutions in creating an environment that is conducive for learners to thrive. Through the refurbishment of a school library, a toilet block, the setting up of a school kitchen and most recently, a school playground over 2500 kids have benefited.
. The goal is to partner with as many schools a possible to ensure that the beneficiaries of these schools are not just taken care of in class but have a conducive environment outside of it as well.

The Problem

Kenya has adopted a new education curriculum called the “Competency Based Curriculum.”
In line with Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education.
This Curriculum strives to nurture each child’s potential through assessment of their competency levels.
It also seeks to impart national values and life skills from a very tender age.
Aside obvious factors needed to ensure the success of the curriculum’s objectives like teacher training and favorable student to teacher ratio; parental participation as 1st educators is considered a major pillar to its success.
The children from informal settlements cannot afford the luxury of parental involvement.

The children from informal settlements cannot afford the luxury of parental involvement. These are families that live below the poverty line, to whom food is a priority, education often takes a back seat.

The Solution

Provide the materials needed to execute the assignments

Provide the personnel need to guide in execution of assignments

Provide an environment that enables kids to be taught life skills that the curriculum seeks to do.

Our Model

We partner with public schools found in informal settlements and provide a bi-weekly life skills development program.

Each year, the school selects a galaxy of kids from ages 6 to 14 to go through a yearlong child- focused program through in three progressive levels namely

  • Shimmer: shine with a soft, slightly wavering light - 1st Term
  • Sparkle: shine brightly with flashes of light - 2nd Term
  • Shine: give out a bright light- 3rd Term

At the end of the year, Star Kids Initiative certifies the galaxy! Charging the kids to beam their light in society!

To ensure the program runs sustainably, we engage volunteers from Universities around Nairobi. We offer them training on implementing a life skills development curriculum. As they provide guidance, they get to learn aspects of servant leadership such as sacrifice, character development, patience etc. Star Kids offers certification to long term volunteers.

Projects

The Initiative has engaged in numerous Projects

All the Projects have the common denominator of being child-centric.

Team

The team at Star Kids Initiative is made up of ambitious, hard-working youth who envision a brighter future for children in Kenya and thus strive, empowered child by motivated child, to make this vision a reality.

Esther Kamaara

Head of Programs

Abby Mogoi

Secretary and Legal Advisor

Lornah Gacheri

Treasurer and Finance Administrator

Kanaiya Kamau

Human Resource Manager

Sharon Chepkoech

Marketing and PR Specialist

Vanessa Nzioka

Marketing and PR Specialist

Contact Information

Head Office

Bemuda Plaza Suite B2
Ngong Road. Nairobi, Kenya

Call us

+254 799 294 705

Mobile Money Donation

Paybill number:317558
Acc Name: Scholarship Fund

Bank Donations

Bank Acc No:1226835066
Acc Name: Star Kids Initiative

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