Many children in rural Kenya lack access to quality education. This is a problem because when young people are unable to complete their education, they cannot develop their unique talents, grow with new perspectives, and achieve their dreams. Without access to opportunities that unlock their potential, young people risk relying on livelihoods that depend on finite natural resources.
Lewa recognises that good education that leads to sustainable opportunities remain an important part of long-term conservation. For conservation to be sustainable, young people need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to access gainful jobs in the future, lift their families out of poverty, and make responsible choices as future leaders of their communities and stewards of the environment.
To improve access to education in neighbouring communities, Lewa’s Bursary Fund supports the education of children from financially challenged backgrounds living within Lewa’s neighbouring communities. The Bursary Fund supports youth at all levels of education (primary, secondary, and tertiary), covering students’ tuition and fees, books, uniforms, school materials, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses.
The programme also provides students with support from mentors, tutorial services, career counseling, and emotional support as they complete their education. Mentors are often comprised of program alumni who have moved into successful careers in their respective fields.
Beyond providing quality education, these scholarships will set students on a path toward becoming responsible individuals and environmental stewards who increase their families’ incomes, contribute to economic development, and promote harmony between wildlife and society.
save A Mind Scholarships
Founded in 2003, the Save A Mind, Give A Choice education program supports the education and lives of extremely disadvantaged children. This includes full payment of education fees as well as providing food, housing, clothing, school supplies, counseling and career mentoring. This program is supported by Kathy and Peter Linneman and their friends. To date it has supported over 210 students, including roughly 140 currently. This effort supports children from grade school through graduate school (as appropriate).
“We support children of extreme poverty, including orphans, that display academic promise. We are immensely proud of these children and are humbled to have the opportunity to change their lives, Kenya and our world.” – Dr. Peter Linneman
| Our Impact |
Financially supported 783 students overall, with just a 5% drop-out rate.
Graduated 148 high school students and 190 college students and counting.
Built a growing network of 386 program alumni who are coaching and mentoring current program participants towards finishing their education.
Every year we support over 30 students enrolled in high school and college.