Bridge Scholars Fund

Once our children have finished their exams, they have the opportunity to consider the next stage in their education. If they perform well then they can get accepted into secondary school or perhaps win a scholarship to go abroad.

However, even if this happens they often have to end their education journey when they finish primary school because they simply can not afford to continue. It doesn’t have to be this way and with the help of generous donations through the Bridge scholars fund they can go on to continue their education.

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Meet Geoffrey –

When he was 15, Geoffrey Emali sat at his desk in his airy classroom under a green roof and prepared to start the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). He couldn’t believe he was there, sitting his KCPE. Three years ago, this would have been impossible.

Three years ago, Geoffrey was living with his grandmother after escaping an abusive step-father. Most days, he would skip school to do odd jobs to make a few extra shillings. When his Uncle discovered him wasting his life, he moved him across the country and sent him to a new affordable school he had heard about, called Bridge that was delivering great results. It didn’t take long for everyone to realise how bright, inquisitive and hardworking Geoffrey was, and now, with the unwavering support of his Academy Manager (who had become like a substitute mother to him), he was going to finish primary school.

One month later, Geoffrey’s KCPE results placed him in the top one percent of Kenyan school children. His success meant that he won a scholarship to attend the exclusive Saint Andrews School in Boca Rotan, Florida. His life changed forever.

Meet Naomi –

When Naomi William Matuku was 5, her older sister finished primary school in Makuru Kwa Njenga slum in Nairobi and despite doing well, her parents were unable to send her to secondary school. Three years later, her sister was pregnant and subsequently died, leaving behind an orphaned little boy. When Naomi’s parents discovered Bridge’s first academy in 2009 and enrolled Naomi, she had one goal – she was going to go to secondary school.

A sweet, kind and confident girl, Naomi performed exceptionally well in the Kenyan Exams. She was accepted into an excellent secondary school and with the help of her Bridge teachers, she applied for every scholarship available. But nothing came. With two weeks to go before term commenced, Naomi feared that her worst nightmare was going to come true and that she wouldn’t be able to go to secondary school. But luckily, at the last minute, she got a scholarship from the Kenyan Education Fund and was able to accept her place.

Help make a difference.

Bridge has had thousands of pupils Kenya sit the Kenyan National Exams (KCPE) often achieving exceptional results. For many of these confident young men and women, the cost of secondary school is another radical obstacle to overcome. So far, we have secured scholarships for some of these deserving children, but for hundreds of our pupils, secondary school is still an unaffordable dream.

Ultimately, we hope that our graduates can benefit from a long-term partnership that would guarantee scholarships for bright, committed graduates accepted to leading county and national schools, but who still cannot afford to attend.

In the meantime, we have put together the Bridge Scholars Fund to enable donations to directly fund these deserving children. The average cost of secondary school in Kenya is US$600 a year. For $2,400 a child can finish secondary school and change their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities forever.

Our top-scoring pupils can apply for a scholarship and have to submit the details of the secondary school to which they’ve been accepted. Please help ensure that children like Geoffrey’s and Naomi’s, who have worked so hard and succeeded against all odds, can continue with their education.

Donations to the Bridge Scholars Fund can be made HERE or Mpesa Paybill 123126.

Help our pupils achieve their dreams of secondary school.

  • Click here to complete a Donation Form.
  • Mpesa: #BridgeScholarsFund 123126