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What? Our mission is to provide equitable opportunities for Samburu youth to enhance their leadership development and problem-solving skills through educational scholarships and civic involvement opportunities.

Who? Our criteria for scholarships includes strong academic achievement, evidence of leadership, personal/family circumstances, and financial need. In addition, at least 50% of our recipients are girls.

How? The Samburu Youth Education Fund works in partnership with leaders in the community to identify promising young people who show potential for leadership and social change. Over time we hope to help create a critical mass of educated individuals with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their community.

Why? Educational opportunities for young people is one of the greatest investments to be made in developing world communities such as Samburu, Kenya. However, secondary school education in Kenya is not free and many of Kenya’s pastoral, rural families cannot afford the costs. In Samburu, most families focus on meeting basic needs; there are minimal opportunities for families to make enough money to send their sons and daughters to school.

Where? Samburu covers a large region in the northern part of Kenya stretching from the Uaso Ng’iro River to the south of Lake Turkana. SYEF’s scholarship recipients generally come from the areas around the community of Archer’s Post.