We believe that getting a quality education is crucial to lifting people out of poverty, and we work to make sure children who are orphaned do get the chance to go to school.
We support access to quality education through distribution of uniforms to primary and secondary school children registered in our program, pay school fees to secondary and tertiary college students. We monitor the progress of children while in schools to ensure quality results in line with our ethos, and also to realise and improve attendance and retention in schools.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL SUPPORT
The Mango Tree Kenya Provides support to OVC in secondary schools based on merit. We appreciate and acknowledge the Government of the Republic of Kenya for introducing free and compulsory primary education for all the children in the country.
Since the government caters for the primary school going children, TMT supports the guardians by proving school uniform to all children every year. We major in cost efficiency in all our operations therefore we encourage all pupils to enroll in public schools. Every year, more than 1500 pupils recieve school uniform in primary schools within our working area.
We support secondary school students in their education by providing them with school uniform and school fees each year. We also offer psycho-social support to the pupils and students around the year in colaboration with other TMT departments. At the end of every school term all secondary students gather to share different experiences from their various institutions and it is during this time that we collect their school performance reports as we encourage them to work hard and improve on their grades. We have seen great improvements from these activities as we monitor the performance of each student.
POST SECONDARY SCHOOL SUPPORT
The Mango Tree Kenya’s education approach is such that once the orphaned child is registered with the organization for support, mostly at primary school level, they are provided with school uniforms, health services, and psycho-social support. The performance of the child is monitored throughout the primary school cycle after which they join secondary schools. It is at this point that post-secondary education begins.
This year (2017) TMT has enrolled several students in tertiary colleges and universities. A total of 23 (7 female and 16 male) orphans took up courses in vocational training; 26 (15 female and 11 male) joined middle level colleges for diploma courses, while 40 (6 female and 34 male) began their degree studies at university.
Those students that qualify for diploma courses join middle level or tertiary colleges for various courses such as teaching, medical, mass media, Engineering, Business courses among others. All these are boarding institutions and TMT takes care of the orphans' tuition and accommodation expenses.
The Mango Tree-Kenya has been actively involved in community development since 2006. During this time, many orphans have benefited. Many have graduated from Universities and colleges with various professional qualifications. Others benefited from vocational training, secondary education, primary education and other essential services that TMT offers.
As a way of giving back to the community, and to TMT, these beneficiaries decided that they form associations that would bring them together and help keep them as a family inclined to TMT. As a result, TMTF (The Mango Tree Family) Association was formed. This group comprises of Community service volunteers, Allumni, Vocational and University students. These groups, though scattered all over the country, meet often to discuss way forward on how to contribute towards the education of orphans who are still in the program. They organise fund raising functions to help buy personal effects for the students joining secondary schools, they have also been able to pay boarding fees for some students in secondary school. For example, in 2015, the group managed to provide the following items to the orphans joining form one:
The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust - Kenya, P. O. Box 11 -40332, Kosele via Kendu Bay
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