Affecto supports gifted students – the so called Affecto Stars – from families who cannot afford the costs of learning. Access to quality education requires at least school fees, a uniform and transport costs, whereas the students’ families are struggling to make a living and sometimes can hardly afford a day’s meal.
Gladys Atieno is one of the students supported by Affecto. She dropped out of school in class 5, soon after the death of her father, who was the breadwinner of the family. Gladys mother was unable to sustain her two children and opted to have Gladys employed as a househelp. After working for three years, Affecto sponsored her high school education. She is now in her 3rd year of secondary school and topping in her class. She is keen on becoming a doctor, a dream she could not attain in her vulnerable state.
To ensure quality education AND cut costs by half, Affecto is planning to establish the Affecto Leadership and Innovation Centre, that will give Space to Stars.
Space for Stars will eventually support 400 secondary school students per year. Education is a life-time gift. Global research shows that with every extra year in school, someone’s income and health increases. Affecto already sees their students changing, for example, one of their students shared the little food for the day with a cousin she noticed was hungry. “She proceeds our vision of giving.”
The ripple effect of educating and empowering students every year cannot be underestimated. Students will make the change for their families and communities, once graduated. The beneficiaries are also expected to be the lead agents in transforming communities and areas they come from.
Also, the community living around the school will also benefit immensely because employees will be sourced locally.
The Space for Stars is about establishing the Affecto Leadership and Innovation Centre. It will double our impact, because it cut costs by half! In comparison, current costs are 165,000 Ksh (or €1,269) per student per year.
The first step for space for stars is securing land to be able to build the centre. All donations made will go towards securing land for the project. Soon after we shall have fencing done all around. Then the project begins.
To be able to buy the land we’ll need a total of Ksh7,000,000 (or €53,833).
Affecto has supported 86 gifted students from rural areas across the country to be able to go back to school in the past three years. This year they will see their first finalists graduate. Affecto started conversations with the Kenyan Ministry of Education to have Affecto’s Centre recognized as a school and for their mentoring programme.
How it improves their lives? Global research shows that with every extra year in school, someone’s income and health increases. The ripple effect of educating and empowering students every year cannot be underestimated. Students will make the change for their families and communities, once graduated.
Cost effectiveness: €1,270 per student per year (when they will provide education themselves, costs will cut by half).
The Affecto Board is diverse. We have an engineer, a doctor, a banker, an educationist and a philanthropist. We have however incorporated a team of volunteers from diverse backgrounds.
In the implementation of the Affecto Leadership and Innovation Centre Project, we have enlisted services of a consortium of specialists. The lead party is an experienced architect.
When I Met Affecto Foundation team, it was such an eye opener to interact with such an incredible team that fundraises on social media to create a big impact on the lives of bright children from less privileged families. Fast forward, I have witnessed the foundation support more academically able students thus, creating a lasting and sustainable impact.