A Good Time for a Good Cause
Kenya Carnival is a youth-led program to raise awareness and money for Kenyan youth identified by the Umoja Project. In its first four years, Kenya Carnival has raised more than $100,000 to pay for secondary school tuition and related expenses for 117 teens in Kenya.
In Kenya, public school is free through 8th grade. To attend high school, students must pay tuition (approximately $325 per year). All students need a uniform to attend school.
Umoja scholars are often the top students at their schools and are motivated to get a good education and improve their lives. Many of the students want to become doctors or nurses so that they can return to their village and help others in the community.
About the Umoja Project
The Global Interfaith Partnership is a coalition of congregations in Indiana and the Chulaimbo area of western Kenya, which has developed the Umoja Project (“unity” in Kiswahili) to respond to the urgent needs of Chulaimbo’s orphans and vulnerable children.
In this rural area just north of Lake Victoria at least 20 percent of the school-aged children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and other diseases. The Umoja Project is developing a coordinated care system to address the children’s immediate needs and builds the capacity of households and the community to meet their own needs long-term.
Working through a network of congregations, schools, women’s groups, and other health and social service organizations in western Kenya, the Umoja Project provides multiple services to ensure uninterrupted education, food security, safe housing, and healthy psychosocial development.
The Global Interfaith Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Indianapolis.