I am Peter Akol and I help to coordinate the Turkana Basin Institute bursary program. Each year, as part of our community engagement, TBI disperses 4 million shillings (approximates $40,000) in support of student bursaries and top-up salaries for teachers working in several schools in the region.
To date, TBI has supported over 315 students and 13 teachers. TBI is currently supporting 195 students in various secondary schools, 61 students in national universities and 5 community health workers. We have also seen an increase in the female students that are awarded bursaries, a total of 57 to date. This program was set up to try to train the young men and women from this region in the hopes that in the future they will return to strengthen their communities. This program has been made possible by the generous donations to the TBI Community Education Fundby donor visits to the TBI facilities each year.
I recently paid a visit to several of the schools that enroll several TBI bursary supported students and would like to share some experiences with you.