A proportion of places at Kisima School are made available to students from counties outside Northern Kenya. This is of particular importance in promoting integration between the communities of Northern Kenya and wider Kenyan society.
It also means that the project is relevant to the communities in the neighbourhood of the school and that we are able to assist needy children from other counties.
Many of those who come to Kisima School are from families who rely on subsistence farming, but where inadequate land, erratic weather and the pressure of a large number of children mean that they struggle to provide for their basic needs and cannot afford to pay school fees. Others have no land and depend on unreliable and poorly paid casual labour, again putting secondary education out of their reach. These challenges are exacerbated for those who are orphans or from single parent families.