By Jane Okoth
Access to education remains one of the top focal issues for communities in the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project in Kenya. The project has been addressing the threats of poaching, environmental destruction, and unsustainable agriculture through a community revenue sharing mechanism, as well as investing in the area through health, education and income generating activities.
The project’s educational scholarship program helps ensure that financial barriers do not prevent children in the project area from continuing their education. This year alone, over 44 million Kenyan shillings (~$324,000) has been disbursed to over 6,000 students. Since 2012, over 212 million Kenyan shillings and 37,000 bursaries have been distributed.
The recipients of this program are students from secondary schools, college, tertiary and university institutions, as well as persons with disabilities in primary education. Our appreciation goes out to our community partners for making the program a success.