Rwanda’s Imbuto Foundation, in partnership with Mount Kenya University, a private institution from Kenya with a campus in Kigali will in the next five years support one hundred bright, but economically vulnerable students.
On Tuesday, Imbuto Foundation represented by Director General, Sandrine Umutoni and Mount Kenya University, represented by the Chairman and Founder, Prof Simon Gicharu signed a life changer Memorandum of Understanding through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU aims at providing education opportunities for brilliant but economically disadvantaged Rwandan students in secondary schools.
Imbuto Foundation indicates that through this partnership, Mount Kenya University contributed USD 150,000, which will be disbursed in five (5) annual installments of USD 30,000, to support the education of 100 vulnerable students in secondary school.
This funding will be channeled through the Imbuto Foundation’s “Edified Generation” scholarships programme.
“A part from the support designated to secondary school students, Mount Kenya University will provide five (5) scholarships to brilliant girls – also beneficiaries of Imbuto Foundation, every year for the next 5 years,” Imbuto Foundation indicates.
Three of those scholarships will be used in the Mount Kenya University – Kigali campus, while the remaining two scholarships will be attained at the main campus in Nairobi.
The Imbuto Foundation’s “Edified Generation” scholarships programme was initiated in 2003 with an objective to financially support secondary school students from economically vulnerable backgrounds in their pursuit of education.
Beneficiaries of this programme receive assistance of up to $300 per year, to help pay for their living costs, health insurance and their school supplies.
Each year, through a holiday camp, the scholars are equipped with health and socio economic knowledge, to prepare them for their professional and personal well-being.
Over 8,000 scholarships have been awarded to the scholarship to date, including 3,687 boys, and 4,379 girls.
Meanwhile, Mount Kenya University registered this funding on the list of social responsibility milestones.
“One of the university’s core pillar is Corporate Social Investment in support of the less advantaged members of the society,” reads a note from the school.
“The university has identified provision of scholarships and capacity building as a strategy to influence the disadvantaged to be empowered to take charge of their livelihoods.”