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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Protestant, Religion, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Universities

Mission: Daystar University is a liberal arts institution that offers Christian education for Africans by Africans. Students come from over 30 nations to be educated within an African context. Daystar builds "servant-leaders" who, upon completion of their education, feel a responsibility to return to their own communities, improve the infrastructure, and cultivate the minds of African women and men. Daystar U.S. and Daystar University are transforming Africa from the inside out.

Results: There are over 17,000 Daystar alumni across the globe impacting their communities.

Target demographics: Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Geographic areas served: Eastern Africa

Programs: Scholarship Support: Raises funds for scholarships and provides administrative services and guidance to assist and facilitate a process to help qualified, but financially needy students to achieve a college education at daystar university in nairobi, kenya. Special Projects Support: to provide support for emergency needs and special focus ministries.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have supported and participated with Daystar US and Daystar University since "Friends of Daystar" came to our church the 1980's. In 1990 we traveled to Niarobi, meeting Daystar faculty and students, seeing the cramped campus in downtown Nairobi, and the Athi River Property that had been purchased, where we saw the giraffe and dik dik on that site. But now to witness how, since then, Daystar has planted a tremendous campus at Athi River, expanded to 4,000 students, added new programs and been chartered as a university by Kenya -- Wow, we thank God for the increase in this wonderful Christian community that is helping to lead Africa into a better future for all. We now contribute to student scholarships, as our church also does. Our church has enthusiastically embraced "Afrizo" the singing group from Daystar on their tours of the US. Thank you, Daystar US, for allowing us to be global Christians.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Giving to Daystar U.S. is my way of making a real difference in Africa. I know the students I support at Daystar University are trained to go out and make a real, lasting difference in their communities.

Daystar U.S. is open and transparent and I am confident my donation is doing good.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.
Garry Morgan

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This partner empowers solutions to systemic leadership issues in Kenya and more than 30 countries in Africa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I studied at Daystar before it was originally recognized as a university in Kenya. Daystar made an incredible impact on my life and professional development. I serve on the Daystar-US Board and support Daystar University because the university is doing what it claims to be doing--educating servant leaders to transform Africa. And its been doing so consistently for many years. Giving to Daystar university is a great investment in the future of Africa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Daystar is a wonderful organization! They are very easy to work with and the University in Kenya is a very worthy cause. It is changing lives throughout the world as Servant Leader grads. Please support this honorable, trustworthy and valuable asset to the world.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a GREAT organization that focuses on giving incredibly bright and worthy African students a college education. In addition, this organization helps with campus improvements. As a board member, I've seen the financials. Rarely will you see a non-profit that does more with less than Daystar US. - Jon Halverson

5 MikeWanous

Board Member

Rating: 5

Daystar U.S. does a great job of getting the word out and supporting the work of Daystar University in Kenya. Daystar University is having a transformational impact across Africa by raising up a generation of Christ-centered servant leaders. Daystar U.S. facilitates communication and fundraising for student scholarships and strategic initiatives that move Daystar University forward.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been very privileged and blessed to be able to provide our own daughters with an excellent education and want to start giving back to others.

We feel confident that Daystar is using our donations to help worthy students reach their full potential. We hope to be able to help more in the future. Making recurring monthly gifts makes it easy for us to budget our charitable giving to organizations whose mission we believe in. We're proud to be able to help support the mission of Daystar U.S.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My annual gift to this organization is specific to a nursing education scholarship fund under their foundation. I know that the money goes for exactly that and nothing else. I often get messages from the receipents. Without scholarships many many of the students could not affor to be at a university. Besides scholarship most also have part time jobs at the University, with exception of nursing students whose heavy academic programs plus clinical assignments make it impossible for them to work. That is another reason why nursing scholarships are so needed! I have visited Daystar in Nairobi for 2 months at a time and am very impressed with both the faculty and students. They emphasis through out the academics the theme of "servant leadership" and stress Christian values such as ethical and truthful practice regardless of their chosen field post graduation from Daystar.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel like I'm getting to know students and staff at both campuses of Daystar University through the videos, photos, and stories published on the website and social media. The donations I make go to important work at this Christian college--where they are always working on a vision for a better future. Right now, the campaign is for development of a sustainable water program for one of the campuses. I feel like my donations are well-used.