Why does education matter?
At Rehema Home, we believe the ultimate goal of education is to empower the individual and encourage self-reliance. Education, even at a young age, is pivotal because it opens opportunities for employment later in life.
The goal is for our students to graduate and score well on the standardized exam (KCSE). Doing so will give them a better chance of getting into a higher education program. If they are accepted into and graduate from a higher education program, then they will have a significantly better chance of securing a paying job in Kenya’s competitive job market.
WHERE ARE WE COMING FROM?
Rehema Home started in 1998 with 4 young children. Today, we serve 104 babies, toddlers, kids, tweens, teens, and young adults between our two locations. Of the 104 in our care, 70 are currently enrolled in either Baby Class (Preschool), Nursery (Preschool), Pre-Unit (Kindergarten), Standard 1-8 (Grade School and Middle School), or Form 1-4 (High School). There is a tremendous difference between the cost of educating 4 students 20 years ago and 70 students today.
How do we select Schools?
We rely on the expertise of our Directors, Administrators, and Social Workers to determine the best placement for each student. We try to accommodate students with special needs by connecting them with resources in our area (i.e. students who are hearing-impaired, students who have dyslexia, etc.).
When evaluating potential schools, we take into account each school’s core values, curriculum, goals, and activities. Since Rehema Home is a Christian organization, we are specifically looking for classrooms that reflect those values.
What Does it Cost?
In Kenya, education isn’t free. Even public schools require fees. We aim to provide the best education that we can reasonably afford. For that reason, our students are enrolled in both private and public schools. On average, for all 70 students to be fully prepared for school, it costs $38,514 per year.
From Rehema Home Nairobi, there are 51 students who are enrolled for school in 2019. The classes include Baby Class (Preschool) all the way through Form 1-4 (High School). On average, for all 51 students to be fully prepared for school, it costs $35,580 per year.
From Rehema Home Bukura, there are 19 students who are enrolled for school in 2019. The classes include Nursery (Preschool) all the way through Standard 1-6 (Grade School). On average, for all 19 students to be fully prepared for school, it costs $2,934 per year.
70 Students from Rehema Home
How you can help?
We are looking for individuals, businesses, and community groups who would be willing to invest in the education of our students. Whether it is covering the cost of school supplies, uniforms, or tuition—every penny counts. Please consider investing in our students’ education today, so they are more empowered and self-reliant tomorrow.
Rehema Home is a registered 501(c)(3), and all donations are tax-deductible. Donor correspondence will be sent from our US headquarters, Rehema Home US Fundraising, Inc. You will receive a financial statement at the end of each calendar year. Our constitution states that no more than 20% of our budget should go towards administrative costs and fundraising. That means that 80% or more of every dollar is spent on direct care of the children or on expansion projects.