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Review for Kenya Self-Help Project, Burlington, VT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Steve, Quinter, Isaac, Nicholas, Zefenath. These are young people we have come to know from a distance through the Kenya Self-Help Project. Each is as different as his/her name. A couple were academic high flyers who now are launched in college and careers. One left school because of poor grades and answered the call of the big city, returning to education several years later. Another was guided through personal difficulties to finish his academic program with exceptional performance. Our current fellow is being nurtured attentively as he begins his high school years away from his family in a completely different setting with new people and rigorous responsibilities.

These unique youngsters "made it" in their own way because Kenya Self-Help is responsive to the needs and talents of each individual. The staff is not interested in a cookie-cutter approach or in the easiest way to achieve what may look good on paper. They are smart, effective, flexible, persistent, sensitive, always mindful of their mission. Their sustained dedication and the power of their results have kept us with KSHP for nine years and counting. And we have loved the long distance relationships that we have had with these young people over the years, some extending beyond the students leaving the program.

We see many needs in the world. How to support a few citizens of another country while preserving their integrity and the values of their land is not always clear. But what is clear to us is that education, done the KSHP way, is probably the best bet for producing happy and productive people. Anywhere in the world.

Role:  Donor