Making a donation
Donations can be made anytime either by check (with a “Kenya” notation) in the offering plate or at the OPC office.
Donations can also be done online at www.opchuch.org. On the donation page put “Kenya“ in the box for “other”.
This is an excellent “alternative gifting” opportunity. Rather than buying a Christmas tie for Uncle John, how about making a gift in honor of Uncle John to the Kenya Scholarship Fund? He will appreciate it and so will that family in Kenya. Gift cards for this can be found on the Kenya bulletin board at church. Or click here to download and print it yourself.
Providing a good education for their children is a high priority for our Kenyan brothers and sisters just as it is for us here at OPC. Please join us in making this a blessed Christmas for families struggling to keep their children in school. You will be blessed by making a difference in these Kenyans’ lives. They would not be able to continue their education without this assistance.
You can be assured that we have good accountability and zero overhead in the distribution of these funds to the needy families.
Background of the Kenya Scholarship Fund
In December 2013, OPC joined with Kithino Parish, our Kenyan partner church, in forming the Kenya Scholarship Fund to help low-income families continue their children’s education into high school. There is government support for high schools but the annual fees and uniform costs to parents are about $50 per year. Many subsistence-living families cannot afford to continue their child’s education without these scholarships. The OPC family has been very generous in our annual advent scholarship fund drives. In 2014, we had 74 high school scholarship recipients. In 2015 the scholarship fund was expanded to provide university scholarships (about $125/year) for graduating high school students receiving high grades on the national exam. In that year we had 5 university as well as 70 high school recipients. The scholarship program has been continued each year since then with wonderful results thanks to the generosity of some community donors as well as OPC members.
Here at the start of our 2019 advent scholarship fund drive, we are sponsoring a total of 104 students - 27 in university and 77 in high school. Early next year, we will celebrate our first university graduates.
On their January 2017 visit, Ken and Kathy Mozingo met Joy Miriko [in picture] who was a high school scholarship recipient in 2014 and 2015. She received a B+ on the national exam and become one of our first university scholarship recipients. She has continued as a university recipient at Mombasa University and expects to graduate next year with a Community Health degree. Joy said,
“Let me take this opportunity to thank you and thank God for the service he has taken me. I feel proud, I feel awesome for the favor that God gives us through you people, finances to fund our schooling fees. We thank you. We pray for you that God may give you long life to live. We’re thankful. Even beyond the finances, which keep us moving academically, you keep blessing us because we know someone somewhere is trying to benefit you, to pull you up, so that you can benefit society.”
Kenya Scholarship Fund Current Status
Here at the start of our 2019 advent scholarship fund drive, we are sponsoring a total of 104 students - 27 in university and 77 in high school. Early next year, we will celebrate our first university graduations.
The following are pictures taken at Kithino Parish's April 24, 2019 scholarship awards service.
(others were in school and could not attend the service)
The following is an excerpt from the April 25, 2019 email to Ken Mozingo from Albert Murithi, one of the elders on the Kithino Scholarship Council.
Bwana Yesu asifiwe. Hope you are all fine as Mozingos family and the larger family of Oswego Presbyterian church. We are going on well as Kithino parish and thank God so far.
On behalf of the 104 sponsored students in the year 2019 both in secondary schools and colleges, their parents and guardians, Kithino parish officials, partnership Committee, Members of Kithino Parish and on my own behalf let me take this opportunity to send our message of appreciation for your tireless efforts once again to ensure that our needy students continue with their education.
We had a very colorful ceremony yesterday with our sponsors students plus their guardians where we prayed for our partners plus your family and specifically prayed for your daughter Kathryn who is on chemotherapy. Our conclusion was that only God can pay you people for the way you have touched our souls. May our Lord God bless you mightily.
We received a total of K sh 508000 which we distributed to 104 students. The old 24 students in the universities and one girl in college received K sh 7000 each. We added three needy university students going for their 1st year and each received sh 15000.
For those in Secondary schools and are boarders we issued 31 students with sh 5000 each and lastly the remaining 45 day-schoolers received sh 2500.
The remainder was used for organizing the party where we had prayers and guidance and counselling for all the students and one parent or guardian for every sponsored student. Every speaker appreciated with a lot of humility your kind and timely action.
The most touching event was when most students asked the congregation to pray for them to complete their schooling and once they get employed each promises to support the needy in the community especially in education needs. Parents were also overwhelmed and this function so far was the best and hosted the biggest number of participants. Most of the university students were represented by their parents because they are still in session. Our schools open for 2nd term on Monday and so we apologize for the delay as we had to wait for the April holiday which began on 4th of April this month.
We are praying for you as a parish and we had special prayers on Good Friday where we prayed for the Partnership, leadership in our country, the church and asked God to provide us with rainfall. The rains that we were expecting from 15th of March started on Sunday after a long time of dry and hot weather with unusual rise in temperatures. Most parts of our country are affected by drought causing death of people and livestock. Help us with strong prayers for the rainfall in our country.
Thank you very much as you pass our warmest greetings to all our Oswego brethren and your family. I really miss you people and because I can't reach there for now I normally remind God about your goodness.
Regards, Albert Murithi
Our Kenya Scholarships program and a similar one at AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church have been so successful that the Kenya Partnership Committee of Blackhawk Presbytery has established a separate Imenti Presbytery Scholarship Fund for the benefit of other very deserving students across all parishes of Imenti Presbytery.
This year the Missions Team has decided to allocate 90% of the OPC donations received to the Kithino Parish scholarship fund and 10% to the Imenti (presbytery-level) Scholarship Fund.