Shepherd’s Heart International cares for more than 150 orphaned and abandoned children. Most of the children benefit from one of the programs listed below.
School fees comprise a significant portion of this ministry’s costs, so we work to match a sponsor with each child in order to ensure that all of the children in the program are in school and have their basic physical and spiritual needs met.
The needs and circumstances of each program vary, and the Kenyan school system is much different than in most Western countries.
Although elementary education does not require tuition fees, school uniforms and shoes for school are often required. Children also need school supplies. This expense goes beyond what our ministry partners are able to provide, so we provide funds for these items when possible.
High School Education
High school fees vary according to each school. The average cost per student is approximately $700 per year, including uniforms. With supporting more than 20 children in high school, this often represents our financial biggest need, especially in January, when Kenyan schools begin their new academic year.
University and Technical Training
It is our great desire that all of the children under our care will have the opportunity to finish high school and attend either college or technical training. A few of our children have received scholarships to school through the government; however these are not full scholarships.
One of our college students is entering her sophomore year of University studying medicine, which requires $2,400 USD per year. Technical training averages around $600 annually per certificate. Some types of technical training include: mechanical, secretarial, photography and farming.