College Fund for Hempstone
Organized by: Kirsten Wallerstedt
EVENT DATE Dec 15, 2014
Total raised: $1,880
Including in-person donations
I met Hempstone while volunteering in Kenya in 2010. He's an orphan, studious, and strongly wants to succeed. He plans to attend nursing college; unfortunately, due to his circumstances he lacks the funds to do so.
The money raised will fund tuition, housing, transport, food, and books for the first year. It's a four-year program at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, costing roughly $1200 per trimester for all costs. Goal: Raise $3,000 for a whole year of college (at least $2k through donations, then I'll cover whatever we don't raise).
Please donate - even $10 helps!!
(Literally - $10 requires A LOT more work for him to make in Kenya than it takes for us here.)
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
"I would like to go to the university to study for a better career in the future. Nursing has higher pay than other fields. My priority is to get my two sisters, Phenny and Eve, back together." (Currently all three live separately because they are orphans)
"I intend to bring back to our community the help I received from others: empowerment of disfranchised orphans, widows and disabled persons, a better/improved and sustained good life, participate and become productive member of my home – family, community, our national developments, the world's peace and co–existence."
"The major reasons for me wanting to study nursing are :
1: To help others by making positive impacts to the families of the patients in case a patient recovers.
2: For job security because nurses have ready work and one can easily get work quickly after graduating in Kenya and anywhere else.
3: Nursing has a variety of job placement opportunities i.e: nursing homes, schools and hospitals hire nurses."
If we succeed, Hempstone will write regular updates, account for his spending, and send pictures of his school and life. If we hit our goal to cover the whole year, I will send him money each trimester, and he gets the next trimester's funding once he sends an accounting of expenses and documentation. If we don't raise enough for the whole year, I will send the scholarship once he has gathered the balance of first year expenses.
Let us help this kind and smart young man reach his dream of becoming a nurse! It will save not just him but also those around him.
If you would like to cover a specific expense, here is the breakdown:
- $22 covers his uniform
- $45 covers food for a trimester | $135 food for the year
- $65 for transportation per trimester | ~$200 covers the whole year
- $90 for housing per trimester | $270 covers housing for the year
- Books – unknown cost. $400 for the year?
- $750 tuition per trimester | $2250 for a whole year’s tuition
- Laptop - unknown cost. $100?
- Clothing - unknown cost. Probably very cheap.
When I met Hempstone he was living at an "orphanage" (barely deserving the word) with nine other kids; they all got up to get to school at 7am each day, got home around 5pm, farmed to grow their own food, and then studied until 11pm in a neighboring house which had electricity (theirs did not). These are wonderful, smart kids living in a community of subsistence farmers with little-to-no economy. Going to a trade college gives them an opportunity to have an actual job and support their families, and improve their communities in the future.
If we get at least 2/3 of the way to raising $3400 cost for one year, I will fund the balance myself.
<< Pictures: Me in Kenya with the orphans in 2010; Hempstone now