Summarizing our 2018 Efforts

We recently completed our annual IRS reporting paperwork, which always catalyzes some thinking and reflecting about our achievements of the past year.  We are in our ninth year of existence as one of the only organizations in Samburu focused exclusively on supporting youth through educational scholarships and supplementary training.  Supporting education is repeatedly shown in…


SYEF Girls Share Training in Rwanda

In December 2018, five SYEF graduates joined our local board chair for a trip to the Lake Bunyonyi region of southern Uganda for a young women’s leadership summit.  They joined other young women from Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo for three days of discussion, community-building, laughter and visioning about how they can…


Our 9th cohort of youth leaders

Our 9th cohort of youth leaders were selected at the end of 2018, a few weeks in advance of the beginning of the new school year in January 2019. These seven boys and five girls join 16 other boys and 22 girls currently supported, and 64 alumni, to-date. Our selection criteria is based on demonstrated…


Our 8th annual Harambee Fundraiser

Our 8th annual Harambee Fundraiser is on deck for Thursday, November 8 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Food, drinks, beadwork sales, art auction and more. Most importantly, we love gathering a community of people who value education, empowerment and doing good for others. Join us!

Social change program kicks-off

In April we launched our Samburu Achieving with Aspirations (SAWA) program, a year-long social change program focused on identifying and prioritizing community issues, understanding root causes of the issues, and developing innovative and creative solutions. Our third- and fourth-year students work in teams of 6-8 to apply the program at a scale of one village…


Alumni evaluation yields promising results!

In Summer 2018 we conducted our first comprehensive evaluation of our SYEF graduates to-date, a total of 53 young men and women who completed high school since SYEF started in 2011. The results are extremely positive! Nearly 100% of our graduates were either enrolled in post-secondary training or education, or employed, at the time of…


The highlight of our year

The highlight of our year is always our annual celebration in early January when we acknowledge our most recent group of graduates, and introduce our new scholarship recipients to the Samburu community.  It’s a day of traditional songs and dances, a showcase of some of the talents of our students, and a wonderful traditional meal, shared…