Forced to flee the spiralling violence in South Sudan, Thomas and Kevin have grown up in Kakuma, a sprawling refugee camp of over 200,000 displaced people, in the remote and barren Kenyan border.
Whilst rudimentary education is provided to some children within the camp, opportunities to make a life beyond Kakuma, especially for orphans with no family structure, are extremely limited, and life within the camp is chaotic, lawless and often dangerous. South Sudan is still in crisis and the civil war has obliterated its fragile infrastructure. The average stay in Kakuma is 18 years, but for the South Sudanese the waiting game could be a lifetime.
Fortunately, in 2012 Thomas and Kevin found a place on the Refugee Scholarship programme facilitated by Windle Trust, Kenya and since then have attended a brilliant boarding school in Nairobi . They are now achieving tremendous results. Kevin has just been placed second in his entire year group for the 3rd year running and has recently been voted deputy head boy and football captain. He wants to be a lawyer. Thomas has flourished academically and has had incredible success on the running track. He is the long distance champion in both his school and district, and will start training with the Olympic Refugee team when he graduates at 18.
Thomas and Kevin's success has been driven by their enormous ambition, commitment and drive. They have been sustained financially by the guardianship founded by Cherry Healey & Amy Campbell Golding who have so far covered their school fees as well as food, clothing, school equipment, accommodation, transport, medical insurance, counselling and logistics to and from the camp (the boys return to Kakuma - a 2 day bus journey - during the school holidays to stay connected to their communities and roots.)
As the boys have grown older, and with growing instability both in Kenya and the camp, costs have escalated. We are asking you to help us see them through on their journeys towards a future which will enable them to give back and support their communities. We invite you to be part of Thomas & Kevin's future.
*Although this is a private fundraising initiative all money raised will be transferred directly to the Windle Trust Charity who facilitate the scholarships and used for Thomas and Kevin's requirements only.