April 14, 2015
Just three public schools serve the 500,000 residents of Nairobi’s Mathare slum, but primary schools like St. Philips, a community-run facility that educates 200 children, take up the slack. Students pay just $2 per month to attend, but that’s a significant sum for families living in poverty. In a city where the average worker earns just three dollars a day, and where 70 percent of the population lives in slum areas, tuition costs take a huge toll on family budgets and still fail to meet the needs of school like St. Philips. African Childrens Haven helps fill the gap by paying for teacher salaries and health insurance and by supporting the student lunch program.