Hatua – meaning ‘the next step’ in Swahili – is an independent UK registered charity which sponsors bright children from the slums of Kenya and Uganda to attend the finest secondary schools. Our goal is to nurture the next generation, one child at a time.
Primary school in Kenya and Uganda is free but secondary school fees, as well as the cost of boarding, uniforms, books and equipment, are not affordable for those living in slums – typically a daily income for these families will be less than one dollar. This means talented students are unable to fulfill their full potential and make a difference to their communities and the wider world by continuing their education.
Hatua was set up in 2011 to help break this cycle of deprivation. By working with primary schools in some of the most challenged areas of Nairobi and Kampala, and with secondary schools with a proven ability to place students in leading universities, Hatua gives students the opportunity to build a brighter future.
The five core aims of Hatua are to:
Motivate all students in our selected primary schools to do as well as they possibly can
Identify the best students clearly and accurately
Secure admission for these students to the top secondary schools in the country
Cover the cost of tuition, board, books, uniforms, and any other necessary expenses
Encourage, monitor and mentor students to help ensure their ultimate success
Hatua is unable to help every disadvantaged child in Africa, but we do try to radically change the lives of those we can reach. By offering continued support on their academic journey, Hatua works hard to help gifted students achieve a university place, and ultimately to gain meaningful employment.
Hatua is currently supporting 123 young people through secondary education. This number will continue to grow.
In addition to the direct support we offer individual students, we have established a career centre in Nairobi. This centre works to engage children, parents and schools on how Hatua can help more children into further education and bring hope to their communities. Hatua graduates are able to access additional facilities such as computers and the internet and they also receive basic training in Office software so they can prepare for their university courses and look for employment.
We want to continue to make a real difference to children’s lives. Our next step is to see Hatua expand into other African countries and beyond.
Our ultimate goal is for Hatua to be run by people whose education it has funded. The first group of Hatua scholars will graduate from university in 2019 and we hope to turn the charity over to them shortly after. Hatua graduates and our network of volunteers would then work in partnership to set ten year plans and targets for operations across different regions and countries.