Rescued Learning: New Loan Fund in Kenya Keeps Medical Students in Class

“When I received admission to Tenwek School of Nursing, my excitement overshadowed my family’s financial challenges,” says Caren Chirchir, a young woman in Kenya.Caren is the second of five children and she carries her family’s hope for a better future. Her older sister dropped out of school to get married.When Caren’s father heard about her acceptance he called her aunties and uncles to ask for help paying her tuition fees. “Sad as it may sound, they advised my father to marry me off,” she says.But her father told them his daughter would go to school even if he’d have nothing left.The high cost of medical training With training costing about 70,000 Kenya Shillings ($767) a year for most middle-level colleges like Tenwek, many students are unable to raise enough money and end up dropping out of their programs. So Caren’s father organized a fundraising event. Neighbors contributed enough for her to report to school. But the money didn’t last long and the fees kept coming.

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Rescued Learning: New Loan Fund in Kenya Keeps Medical Students in Class