THAT ALL MAY BE ONE Strathmore University Foundation supports Strathmore University and Strathmore School in Kenya as a US based 501 (c) 3 registered Non-Profit organization.
Strathmore University Foundation partners with individuals, organizations and institutions to develop programs and projects that will greatly enhance the capabilities of Strathmore University and its students/alumni. Here are some of the projects we are working on:
To stock the newly completed library building (funded with a grant from the European Union) and in part to fulfill its charter goal, Strathmore is engaged in a 3 year campaign to source and ship from North America 80,000 books for its library, as well as books for rural reading centers in Kenya. Friends are sought to help leverage this bold effort to address Kenya’s acute poverty of books.
To address Kenya’s need for a new generation of leaders from all economic classes, Strathmore has developed a project to create innovative private sector loan financing. The goal: financing of 50% of the need for 50% of the students. Nothing would be more transformational for Strathmore and its students. Beyond the benefit to Strathmore, the project could pioneer such funding techniques for the entire private education sector. Through a partnership with International Finance Corporation, Strathmore has established East Africa’s first private sector student loan program. Further development is now underway to expand student aid with other loan structures, work study programs, and grant scholarships. Friends are needed to help provide further support to help more of Kenya’s best attain the Strathmore experience.
To serve the needs for better governance in Africa, Strathmore University was chosen to be the first African center of the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. The new Strathmore Governance Center will objectively explore ways and means of Kenyan corporate and institutional governance with the goal of increasing transparency, accountability and effectiveness. Initial funding for the Strathmore Governance Center has generously been provided by the Millenium Challenge Corporation. Friends are sought to help the Center expand further.
Ikumbo village near Meru banded together to fund the Strathmore tuition of one of its promising students, Davis Karambi. Four years later Davis fulfilled the promise as one of Strathmore’s top-ranked graduates, winning a job at the Clinton Foundation in Nairobi. In gratitude, Davis initiated a special service project back in his home village: to build a high school. Enlisting the help and support of two American friends and Strathmore University Foundation, Davis and his team raised over $5000. The Ikumbo Secondary School is now a reality, with plans for a Phase Two. Friends are needed to help Ikumbo meet its new challenge.
Tourism and hospitality is Kenya’s second most important industry. One in ten Kenyans depends in some way on the tourism industry for his livelihood. The industry represents an critical source of wealth creation for Kenya. As part of its effort to be more for Kenya, Strathmore has now established a new degree-granting College of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Click here for details.
Strathmore University pursues a dual goal in its students of developing professional competence and inculating personal integrity. An important component in achieving this goal is the Strathmore Community Outreach Program (COP). As a part of their course of study, all Strathmore degree candidates participate in 200 hours of community service through various projects organized by the COP. Whether working with orphans, assisting in teaching, helping in medical clinics, or volunteering in community development Strathmore students directly apply their education and skills to the community as their learn. Many COP programs are based in the most marginalized areas of Kenya. To view descriptions of COP programs in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, click here.
To help Strathmore University rise to the next level, the University is establishing a special Office for Development and Alumni Relations. Building on the school’s vigorous spirit and the affection of graduates and friends, Its purpose is to achieve economic diversity and self-sufficiency through the introduction of modern methods for institutional advancement. This would make be an innovation for East African higher education. Friends are sought to help achieve this capacity building goal.
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