Personal scholarships…1,2,3 or 4 yrs

Last week a friend approached me and asked if I could explain better on how she could help a teenager in Kenya to succeed in school.

It works like this:

1. You let me know your intention. Do you want to pay the schoolfee (285 USD/year) all included for a person who almost finished school themselves, for one or more yrs?

2. I let my teacher friend find a person who is brilliant in school but has been kicked out due to unpaid schoolfee that suits your ambition/capacity

3. He sends me all info and I transfer your funding directly into schoolaccount from where you will get a scanned reciept along with photo and info on the girl. Yes the School is a girls school.

4. High school is 4 yrs in Kenya and some drop out due to unpaid fees. Your support will be greatly appreciated. After High school there are university government study loans and they manage themselves after high school.

Please let me hear from you. Look at the pictures and success in small numbers but great joy sofar…. Pappa HANS


Sarah and Teresiah news!

hi hans

well well how have you been for a while, hope all has been good….

the results for secondary school was announced on tuesday and the girls did very well. serah managed to get a B+ while teresiah had B-, this means that both of them have qualified to join the university. they are so happy and told me to give you their thanks for what you did for them. you have made their dream come true and they shall forever remember you. you are truly a good person and may God bless you abundantly.

anyway I wil tell you more as days go by as to their progress. thank again and say hi to your family, friends and students who supported the girls.

yours friend robert

(Sarah at top and Teresiah below. Sarah was number 2nd at the whole school, but almost had to quit school due to unpaid fee, one year before graduation because of lack of money. Teresiahs sister had a lab accident in school and was hospitalized and then family budget covered the hospital bill and not Teresiahs school. There are always a story behind all that happens. Many people were involved in raisin the funds needed. School fees needed were for two years of study for each of them, the funds added to 9000 SEK, about 90 000 KSH, thanks to all involved. pappa hans )

To see a child grow with education…

Mind the joy for both them and you… the sponsor. Do be a sponsor… We will be glad to give you name and background.

Mind that it is usually the years from 12-13 to 16-17 that is the most crucial for the families. Old enough to work, but poor enough not to be able to pay for education.

The misery trap is easiest cheated by education and health combined. Mostly we seem to settle with health issues. Mind that Kenya has a functional studyloan system at the university, but the path to university leads on a thin path of needed funds for teenage schooling. funds that many families do not have.

Dont hesitate to contact us for more information.

What is life?

Is life not what we miss when we grow older? I gather life is what we can do for others so that they too  can ponder upon what good…. life has brought them.

Moi grounds, Kamangu Kenya

dscn4995 Imagine not being able to finish school without financial support from strangers? Sarah and Theresia are lucky, they have you. You together with other persons i Know paid their last years debt. This meant that they are allowed to take their last year in high school.

Sarah, one of the brightest student at this school will have her final year thanks to your support!

Teresiah… Whos sister got in a lab accident at the school and therefore the family had hospital expenses to pay first. She will finish school this year thanks to your sponsorship.

If you have not taken the chance yet in sponsorship, its open! There are some costs for the girls this last year, final exams for example. Click on the linc to the right or if you know me… give me an envelope.

To whom it may concern



pic-2My aim has been to build bridges between less fortunate and families fortunate to be able to help other families, my name is the guarantee of that the help reaches its target. This I intend to do all my life. I am a high school teacher with 6 student groups at the moment who is working towards sponsoring people and a school in Kenya. I call it KenyAID, even though I do not have an organisation, just excellent trustworthy contacts and have been to Kenya and met the people myself.

I feel good working with these issues, it fills my inner soul of doing my part in society to fight poverty by working towards scholarships, but I am not with means to do it the way I have been doing the last two months. I need a fresh new start and in this I am all open for ideas and help. I have met with the right people in Kenya, people trustworthy and eager to help with what they can.

My last months service have been very stressful and have taken to much time in proportion to what I started out aiming at. It just happened that one of my friends in Kenya mentioned two girls in need, and I have not been able to climb this mountain. It would be a lot less stressing for me to have all my students finish their projects during next year and then look for good roads to take, sponsoring either persons or the little small poor school LA Unica that I visited, instead of having been given names first and then look for sponsors, as I have felt needed to do the last months.

Pure numbers:

Teresiahs debt 430 USD and next years costs are 250 USD

Saras debt 300 USD and next years costs are 250 USD

730 USD before new year and then for next year an additional 500 USD All in all 1230 USD

The donations that I have actually received so far totals in 230 dollars. Some more hopefully comes soon. Every dollar is worth a lot!

My contributing is meant to be service, not funds and I would be very happy to be able to start next year with just the challenge of building bridges and helping my students do their part.

Info sent from my contact/teacher friend Robert

”One is called Sarah Ombati, she is in Form 3 and she is 15yrs old. She is very bright but comes from a very poor family. Her father is a casual worker so he is on and off work with no stable source of income. Her mother is tailor who mends clothes and the job is unreliable.In her primary school exams she got 395 out of 500 marks. Since she entered this school she has maintained either position 1 and 2 despite the fact that she is often send home because of fees. She hopes to be a neuro-surgeon when she finishes her education. They live in a two roomed house with no electricity and running water. At the moment she has a balance of 22,000 kshs as school fees. As for next year when she is in form 4 she will be required to pay about 10,000 kshs and if she will not  have paid by January the balance then she will be forced to go home. If she continues with her good performance I am sure she will go to the university.

The other one is called Teresiah Kihuyu, age 17yrs and in form 3. comes from a very poor family where the parents are self employed and have a small land where they grow cabbages to sell. They are 9 children in the family but only 3 of the children are in school because the parents can’t afford school fees. She was forced to stay home for about six months because of school fees. Her father’s inability was a result of a hospital bill he had to pay of the sister who had gotten an accident in school while doing an experiment in the laboratory. Despite her being sent home often she often does well in class. Last term she had a B-. She hopes to be a lawyer or architect. Up to now, she has a fee balance of 31,000ksh. Next year she will be required to pay about 10,000 ksh for her form 4 exams.

Well Hans, sorry for giving you all this issues, but I hope and trust that out there they are good people who would be willing to assist the less fortunate. I believe you saw for yourself how people live and survive and any kind of help would be welcome. I know with your blog page the two students might just get some assistance.

By the way, our Red Cross Club won the national first aid competition. It was tough but we managed to defeat all the other teams from all over the country. This is our second year as champions. I hope next year we shall win and retain the trophy for good. I was also voted the most active patron and the most active club in our branch.Yours friend Robert

I recieved following info 1/10 from my teacher friend Robert As for the two girls, they normally depend on bursary if lucky given by the constituency development fund which gives assistance to needy student. The bursary normally ranges between 2500 to 8000 hence they are always left with a balance. This term they were not lucky to get the bursary. Fees per year is normally 18000kshs. As for next year, the girls will be required to pay 18000 but they pay in installments of 10,000 the first term and the balance divided between 2nd and 3rd term, next year will be their last so any assistance will only be for one year. I have faith that these two girls if assisted  can achieve they goals and become great people who can help others in future.  As for the information about the bank, its MOI GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL, KAMANGU. Account no. 100-098-956 Savings account (Kenya Commercial Bank, kikuyu branch, kenya). SWIFT code: KCBLKENY

I am all ears for any offer of advice or funds. I enclose a linc to the flyer that I have made for the Christmas gift. Look through the blog carefully and see for yourself Should I start an organisation? Please advice me

Yours Sincerely,

Hans Strandberg (Pappa Hans)

The leaflet, flyer…

I have made a flyer that goes with the DVD.

julkort_teresiah_i_kenya_sponsring_english (demands Word, Office)

Just print the flyers first page, and then print the second page on the back….

Fold the flyer so it will be easier to read and give along with the DVD. If you wish the DVD for Christmas please contact me ASAP, no later than 12 Dec.

I will send the DVD to you after that date as well, but dont count on that the letter comes in time for Christmas…  Maybe you are content with just sponsoring… Thats fine… Thanks a lot!

Julen är här!

Ta en titt på bifogade länkar

presentation_christmasgift_teresiah     (kräver Power point, Office)

julkort_teresiah_i_kenya_sponsring_swedish   (kräver Word, Office)

Vill du vara med på sponsringen? Lägg en lapp i mitt lärarfack! Jag ser framför mig många lappar med mindre summor som tillsammans betalar hennes skolavgift.

Din julklapp kommer att växa med åren då Teresiah minns att många händer hjälpte henne genom sista året i gymnasiet. Hon kommer att “pay it forward”

Mvh HANS Strandberg

Food and balance

Imagine living on maize and beans as your main diet. At this school and at other schools, this was the main dish. For breakfast they had tea… and bread if any money. They bought bread in the weekend and then kept it all week.

I ate about half the plate, we had another lunch in the grass as well. One of the people travelling with me said, “Stop…” then she took out a maize/corn piece and I asked “What?” “Weavel” she said. The others laughed, it was an insect as a bug that had laid eggs inside the maize. Proteins they said, but perhaps I would not like it?

I asked one our group if they also had gone to such school in their teens? Not this nice she said, less fancy.

I just cant forget all these memories that I have had.