Can you believe it? Spring Break is just around the corner! Staff in Kenya have distributed all of the scholarship intake advertisements and application forms throughout the catchment area. Not surprisingly, applicants are responding already, and for many, all of their hopes and dreams are riding on this potential opportunity. It’s a tough time of year for the staff and KAC members who have to sort through all of those hopes and dreams, knowing they can only accept a small number of them for the scholarship awards. It’s heartbreaking for everyone.
You can help alleviate that heartbreak for one more potential student by increasing your giving, even by just an extra $10 a month. If you switch to monthly giving, it’s even easier to increase your donations without even noticing!

We know that not everyone can give more, or make monthly donations, but for those who can, we encourage you to just go for it!

ACCES is grateful for your continued and loyal support, and our students thank you for your generosity!

GIVE AN EXTRA GIFT NOW
University Graduates with staff 

Kenyanization in Action

Phase two of the feasibility study is well underway, with a four year plan near completion that maps out the way forward for ASEF (African Scholars’ Education Foundation) to begin operations, and fund the first scholarship student. As the interns continue with scaling the plan up for future considerations, they’re meeting with high level business executives and investment advisors with a view to choosing the best financial instruments to use for revenue generation using the AAA endowment funds, assessing risk versus return, and what the requirements will be to manage the various types of investments.As you know, the goal is for ASEF to become operational in 2021, with the capacity to earn revenue, provide scholarships and maintain it’s investments with good governance.

It’s exciting to see ASEF making such progress towards Kenyanization!

Nairobi AAA team planning for ASEF future
Inspiring Students
Of course every ACCES student is inspiring, because we all know the obstacles they’ve had to overcome to get where they are now. That’s why we love helping them to help themselves and others with a scholarship award. They’ve earned it!But there are also certain students who stand out for something extraordinary. Manoah is one those. We featured Manoah in one of our updates a couple years ago, where we told you of the tragedy of losing his legs at the knee due to a treatable illness during primary school, and then the loss of his father in secondary school. In spite of all that, and other struggles as well, Manoah persevered and ultimately, won a disabled scholarship from ACCES.

Well, not only did he succeed at his studies in Criminology & Criminal Justice, earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he excelled to the point of winning a specialized training experience by MMUST (Masinde Muliro University of Science & technology) via an internship program that commenced on 1st June 2019 and ends 28th February, 2020.

Now, in January 2020, Manoah enrolled for a Masters program in the same University to pursue a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Law. We’re very proud of Manoah and his accomplishments, and look forward to his continuing successes!

Manoah thanks the North Shore Retired Teachers Association for their support.

Manoah with a group of his peers at MMUST
Update on Kakamega School Tragedy

The death toll has risen to 14, with 38 seriously injured and still recovering following the collapse of a stairway after the final school bell at Kakamega Primary School. Deputy President William Ruto promised that the government would offer counselling sessions to all affected learners, parents and teachers.

He further announced that a probe into the tragedy would seek to find out whether it was a structural flaw or another mishap that caused the deadly stampede. Ruto called for speedy investigations to ensure such a tragedy did not happen again. In addition, the Deputy President disclosed that the government would foot the bill for the funerals of 14 pupils who died and medical bills for the 38 injured.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered a thorough investigation to unearth the cause of the stampede and subsequent tragic deaths of 14 pupils on Monday, February 3. “We must get to the bottom of whether it is the structure of the building or some other school mishap that happened or whatever it was. We are giving our security team time to give us the full report so that we can ensure that what happened in this school can never happen again,” he stated.

Deputy President William Ruto condoles a pupil injured in a stampede at Kakamega Primary School
Thank You ACCES Supporters!

ACCES wants to thank everyone that has switched to monthly donations, and especially to those who have increased their donation amounts! We know how passionate you are about education and your response is helping us to ensure increased stability for our scholarship recipients. If you are still thinking about it, or want more information about converting from an annual to a monthly donation, please send us an email by clicking here, or just call our office at 604-688-4880. Your monthly contribution will go a long way towards establishing a firm base for current and future ACCES students. We know not everyone can do this, but if you are able, it would be a tremendous help to our staff in Kenya.

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