We have Supported Students at Daystar University for the past 13 years and feel we are full filling a dream and creating a legacy of helping others through the future work of these Students we support.
My dream while working my way through college was to try to help others perhaps by joining the peace corps, but for many reasons it was not possible. When nearing retirement with Family financial obligations taken care I still wanted to do some good but decided I could do more good by working longer and giving more to well managed non profits.
I retired in 2011 at age 71 my wife and I took a trip to Kenya to visit Daystar and another non profit that we support to see what good our giving was doing. We Were extremely pleased at what we saw at Daystrar and everything Daystar US told us was correct in terms of Facilities, instructors and the culture of developing "servant leaders". The most important part for us was when we had a short visit with 8 of the students we had supported who had recently graduated and they sincerely thanked us for this opportunity only because of us. I confirmed that for me this is an excellent investment in that it fills a DREAM & LEGACY of what I wanted to do, when I asked what they hoped to be doing in 10 years, and each one in some way wanted to help others by creating jobs or community building and while making a good living to also help others get the same chance they received.
You also get very good value for your charitable dollar in that you can educate a student in Kenya, Africa for less than 1/4 the cost of in the USA and more likely they will stay to help develop Africa as 80% who graduate do.
Daystar U.S. is an exceptional organization, raising funds to support the Nairobi located Daystar University, which produces amazing, Godly, servant leaders. The vast majority of the graduates return to their home towns and follow God's call to help others and make a better Africa. My husband and I participated in a trip to Kenya 11 years ago that included meeting alumni, faculty and staff in a variety of ministry roles, helping others learn skills to support themselves, working in orphanages & hospitals, living out their love for God. With many opportunities for support, from scholarships to clean water projects, this is a very worthwhile organization to support.
I first encountered Daystar during its early years in Nairobi (mid-70s) when I was teaching high school in Mombasa during a post-college gap year. Over the years I have known many of the faculty, graduates and board members, and they are quality people. I have had the privilege to visit Daystar multiple times, to teach and with students from my own university. It is always a wonderful experience.
I first learned about Daystar University in Nairobi. After retirement, my wife and I were volunteers for 3 years at two primary schools with American curriculum in East Africa. During that time, we got to know and respect the work Daystar was doing. When a Kenyan youth worker we knew wanted additional education, we took her to Daystar admission office and they gave extensive help in advising her how to qualify for admission. later when the husband of the young receptionist at our school died, we sponsored her at Daystar. She is now finishing her Masters Degree. We now have another friend who is finishing a degree in business at Daystar.
We are now retired back in the states, but we have visited both the Athi River and the Nairobi campus several times and applaud Daystar's effort to prepare leaders for Africa's growing economy. DonandEsther
Our family had the incredible privilege of experiencing my sabbatical year (2006-2007) at Daystar University teaching undergraduates and graduate students. I met students being underwritten by Daystar US, this funding made the difference between success and failure. Daystar graduates represent 22 African nations. They model Christian servant leadership, strong ethics and expertise to government, business, teaching, medicine, and every walk of life. An African proverb says, "when you save a girl, you save the world." We like to think that through our gift to Daystar US, we are saving one girl and we are investing in the world. Right Reverend Dr. Michael & Reverend Leonora Laney, San Antonio, Texas
I can think of few ways to make a greater investment in a positive future for the African continent. Supporting Daystar shapes and impacts students' lives and those graduates go on to serve and lead (many doing so for Christ) in Africa and across the globe. Having worked for three years Tanzania, Daystar University alumni were always my first "go-to" with hiring. It was almost always a given that Daystar grads would have the knowledge, skills and character we needed to deliver exceptional results.
This partner empowers solutions to systemic leadership issues in Kenya and more than 30 countries in Africa.
Daystar U.S. is a great organization whose mission is to change lives through a quality education at their University in Kenya, Africa. They are a Christ centered university and students graduating from Daystar are taught servant leadership and the importance of giving back to their communities. They have had a direct impact on many lives in Kenya and I have personally witnessed the great work the graduates are doing with helping orphans, children with medical maladies, educating children, and working with the people in the slums.
Daystar U.S. is a mission support entity whose purpose is to raise funds for the furtherance of educating students at Daystar University in Africa. The opportunities to help out with this organization are many, including student scholarships and fund raising for clean water at the university and the nearby communities, and campus improvements. My wife and I have personally supported this organization since my first visit to the university in 2005. The blessings we have personally received. As a board member I personally know all of the dedicated workers at Daystar U.S. and all are truly driven to serve our Lord in helping with the furtherance of his kingdom by the spreading of the Gospel of Christ in Kenya, Africa, through support of this wonderful Christ centered university.
Daystar US is a great organization with even greater people! They do a great job of showing you the life of your donation and the impacts made through giving.
I have had the privilege of working on behalf of Daystar University as a staff member of Daystar U.S. and now a board member. The most gratifying aspect of those relationships has been that Daystar functions with integrity to bring light and hope to a continent that desperately needs it. Daystar grads are readily hired because it is well known that the institution produces competent and committed alumni who serve effectively in a wide variety of roles. Serving with and for Daystar is a joy.