Every year the Eva Demaya Centre supports 35 young people attending secondary school by paying their school fees.
There is always very high demand from the community for this financial support. Eva Demaya gives priority to vulnerable young people, of whom there are many, such as children who have lost one or both parents and children with physical disabilities. In order to be chosen for school fees support, pupils must demonstrate an appetite for hard work and must take his or her studies seriously.
Recently there has been a move to give girls in particular greater access to secondary school education.
Girls, who often have to walk long distances to secondary schools, tend to drop out of the school system in greater numbers than boys. This is mainly because girls are needed to help at home, leaving little time for study; in addition, their long treks to and from school can be exhausting and sometimes dangerous.
Community schools are now trying to foster a greater spirit of belonging by building hostels that offer accommodation for students during the school year. For girls in particular this greatly increases the chancers of being able to complete their school education successfully.
The catchment area of the Eva Demaya Centre includes eight secondary schools and supported students are spread over all of these eight schools. This school year parents pay 55 Euros in school fees per child annually. It costs an additional 110 Euros to stay in the hostels. For many families – sometimes with more than one child – these are very large amounts.Up till now, the Centre has mainly supported students staying with their families. To increase the chances – especially for the girls – of getting a good education, Eva Demaya intends to start supporting selected pupils by also paying their hostel fees. Eva Demaya hopes for your financial support to make this possible and to help young people to work for a better future.
The photos show some of the young people who – with your help and the involvement of Eva Demaya – are being supported this year with their secondary education. Another photo shows one of the newly built hostels, where boys and girls can stay during term-time.