About the Ajiri Foundation

Creating employment for the people of western Kenya and educating the local orphans.

The Ajiri Foundation works with the Ajiri Tea Company to create a sustainable trade cycle that will help to create employment and educate orphans in western Kenya. Using 100% of the net profits it receives from sales of tea, the Ajiri Foundation pays education-related costs for orphans in western Kenya. We base our mission and vision on the needs, opinions, and skills of the Kenyans we are working with.

While Kenya is a beautiful country with incredibly friendly people, it has a very poor population and has been especially hard-hit by HIV/AIDS. In 2005, 45.9% of Kenya’s population lived by the poverty line. The 2008 post-election violence in Kenya, coupled with the current worldwide economic recession, has likely increased this percentage. The poor in Kenya live largely in rural areas, especially in households that are headed by widows or by people with a low-level of education.

In Kenya today, there are an estimated 2.4 million orphans, half of whom were orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. Research shows that young children in households affected by HIV/AIDS are more likely to drop out of school because of an inability to pay education-related fees and because of an increased workload at home than children from households unaffected by HIV/AIDS. Orphans in Kenya are usually cared for by their extended family members. Because of HIV/AIDS, the number of orphans has grown significantly in recent years, thereby increasing the burden on the remaining family members. Families are often unable to afford school fees, books, and uniforms. Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. The Ajiri Foundation pays the school fees, and purchases the books and uniforms necessary for these children to attend school.

Sources:

1. Wambugu, A. and Munga, B. “Growth, Poverty, and Income Inequality in Kenya: Suggested Policy Options.” May, 2009. Page 1.

2. Wambugu, Anthony and Mungu, Boaz. Page vi.

3. United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV and AIDS. Country Report- Kenya, 2008. Page 21.

What we do

The Ajiri Foundation pays education-related costs for orphans in western Kenya. In January 2003, the Kenyan government introduced free primary education. This opened the doors for many more children to attend school, but the program does not cover the costs of uniforms, transportation, or classroom materials. School fees for secondary school are cost-prohibitive for many families caring for orphans, and despite doing well in primary school, these children may be unable to continue their education after standard 8 (8th grade). We support primary school students by paying for school uniforms and school supplies, and support secondary school students by paying for school fees, transportation, school uniforms, exam fees, and school supplies.

School Fees for 1 year $337.00
Bowl $2.75
Graph Books $1.85
Book Covers $2.40
Soap $2.25
Toilet Paper $1.20
Petroleum Jelly $1.35
Mug $1.50
Toothbrush $0.50
Toothpaste $1.00
Shoe Polish $1.65
Shoe Brush $0.50
Blankets $11.00
Mattress $10.85
Rubber Shoes $6.00
2 School Shirts $10.65
2 School Trousers $13.35
1 School Tie $1.35
1 School Sweater $6.65
School Shoes $22.65
Sandals $1.20
School Socks $2.65
Bed cover, Bed Sheets $16.60
Basin $0.95
Padlocks $4.65
Pens, Pencils $3.80
Water Can $0.65
Dictionary $13.35
Campus Melodies Book $1.35
School handbag $11.35
Textbooks $33.33
Calculator $13.00
Protractor $3.35
Key holder $0.65
School trunk $26.65
Towel $4.00
5 pairs of underwear $6.65
Bag for books $10.65
Transport to school $4.65
Total cost for school: $595

Working together with the Ajiri Tea Company!

The Students


Anastansia

6th Grade

Billiah

Junior in High School

Derrick

5th Grade

Diana

7th Grade

Diana

Junior in High School

Esther

7th Grade

Eucabeth

6th Grade

Eugene

5th Grade

Geoffrey

Junior in High School

James

Sophomore in High School

Joyce

5th Grade

Kevin

7th Grade

Trizia

Sophomore in High School

Lawrence

Sophomore in High School

Moses

7th Grade

Derrick

Freshman in High School

Felix

8th Grade

Mofat

Freshman in High School

Tony

4th Grade

Raphael

Sophomore in High School

Reena

Senior in High School

Reuben

Sophomore in High School

Risper

Preschool

Shilla

Freshman in High School

Thomas

2nd Grade

How to Support Us

The Ajiri Foundation is currently sponsoring 29 students in school. Fifteen students attend high school (boarding school) and 14 students attend primary school.

Tuition for the high schoolers who attend boarding school ranges from $1,000--1,500 annually. In addition, these students must purchase required material, which includes a school uniform, shoes, toiletries, a mattress, bedding, a basin for washing, a container for drinking water, and school books. The cost of these additional materials ranges from $300-500.

The cost for a primary school student to attend a local day school is about $100. This pays for their school uniform, shoes, socks, school bag, and school books. The cost for a primary school student to attend a private school is about $400. A quality primary school education will better enable students to attend a good high school.

We would appreciate any assistance. Our goal is to add new students each year. We accept online donations and checks.