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All it takes is one click on the "Baobab Family Sponsorship" box and you can become a child or project sponsor.

By becoming a sponsor you are directly helping the children or one of our projects in Kenya.

By sponsoring a child you are supporting one child from the Baobab Family Project living in Mikidani. Your contribution primarily provides the child with an education and medical provision. Your sponsorship money however, also supports the child in everyday things such as food, clothing and the occasional group excursion.

Our project sponsors also help to support Mikidani's surrounding areas. Our Aids project includes an awareness campaign dealing with one of the country's biggest problems. The production project affords families in the vicinity of the Baobab orphanage the opportunity to work. This prevents others becoming envious of the children.  

Kenya's economy



Kenya's gross national product has experienced above-average growth in recent decades in comparison to other African countries. Since the growth in population was also above-average, this has not resulted in any significant improvement in living conditions for most Kenyans.

Agriculture and fishing

Well over half of all Kenyans make a living from agriculture, yet only 20% of the land is arable. The rest is mostly fallow due to thin soil or insufficient rain, or mountainous. Besides coffee and tea, sisal and pyrethrum are also cultivated which serve as the basis of many insecticides.

The people also grow crops for their own use, such as corn, wheat, barley, sugar cane, beans, bananas, rice, pineapples and cotton.

Beef and dairy cows are the main types of cattle farming. The largest farms in Kenya's highlands have developed to a high standard. Large numbers of cows, sheep, goats and even camel herds have to be fed on the scant offerings of the land.

Many forest areas are protected conservation sites. As a result, the bamboo forests used in the paper industry and the freely growing Acacia bark (used as a tanning agent) are now of lesser importance.

Aid for Kenya




"... but why exactly for Kenya?" We think that it is not important in which country we provide assistance but in which way we do it.

And exactly this is the point- blind and runaway help can fastly lead to dependency and clear the space for corruption. We know that there are a lot of great white hopes in Africa which can develop with sustainable development to a strong power in the country. Such people are very important to evolve the continent and thats the reason why they need the right support.

It is our task to help the people which want to arrange their future by themselves. We try to give them energy and professional help for the first steps into their independence.

Maybe Kenya is the beginning for a countrywide help of the Baobab Family. At the moment we can´t evaluate this but we can annotate that the Baobab Family is basically open and interested in new ideas.

We are very pleased if you decide to help us one- time or long- lasting and help us to continue our work.


Kenya's education system



The curriculum is oriented around the so-called 8-4-4 system which replaced the Eurocentric colonial schooling system. It stands for 8 years at primary school, 4 years at grammar school and 4 years at university.

Every year there is tense competition between schools for the highest points in the national contest. This is extensively covered in the media with sentimental home stories about the proud winners. The best students in the country are awarded an ox or a university scholarship by the governors.

Preschool education

Kindergartens and preschool education are mostly limited to the cities and fee-paying. The predominant demand comes from well-educated and the more wealthy families. Some of the kindergartens operate according to the Montessori teaching method.

Eight-year primary schooling

Many primary schools, especially in the countryside, operated according to the Harambee principle, i.e. they are financed via donations from the parents themselves. These schools were poor in every respect. This situation did not begin to improve until 2003, when the Kibaki government honoured their election promise to abolish school fees for primary schools. This gave children from poorer families access to education for the first time. Suddenly, an extra 1.7 million children were going to school. However, there is a lack of investment in the education sector and the education system is hardly in a position to cope with the rising numbers of students.

The teacher-student ratio has fallen to 1:100, making a qualitatively valuable lesson almost impossible. In addition, teacher numbers are constantly on the decrease. And those who want a halfway acceptable teacher-student ratio for their children, with its associated higher academic success and are not satisfied with just a certificate allowing their children to move on to the next class, continue to be forced to pay the appropriate fees to send their children to one of the many private schools.

High schools

High schools (classes 9 - 12) are almost all grammar schools and fee-paying. They are supported by the state, large organisations such as churches or private individuals. The latter two are generally classified as private schools. Due to the costs involved, these schools are inaccessible to the majority of the population, even though the private schools award scholarships. Some schools, such as the Starehe Boys Centre exclusively take in gifted children from slum areas. It always stands in your favour if you have been to one of the long standing famous elite schools (such as the Alliance High School).

Vocational training

Vocational training, such as that known as the dual system in Germany or that which is common in all vocational schools, does not exist in Kenya. There is in-service training either within a company or within one of the many private institutions in the cities, offering courses such as car mechanics, hairdressing or computing. Each of these courses costs money. For example, a hardware specialist can be trained up in Nairobi for 2,000 euros over 18 months. Such training hugely increases your chances on the free market.

Universities

The top few students receive free places at five of the state-run universities. Those rated less "good" are channelled into the (international) fee-paying private universities. The universities often lack essential funds resulting in lecturers or students frequently staging strikes.

The country's elite (or communities who raise the money via Harambee) still prefer to send their children to pursue their studies in Great Britain or the USA. Some come to study in Germany. Studying abroad usually gives them a head start when looking for a job. Some courses are not available in Kenya, such as speech therapy.