Secondary school scholarships

The project aims to provide 25 young people with high potential from the slum with scholarships covering their secondary school education and personal development and vocational skills, enabling them to contribute meaningfully to society and ultimately to break out of the cycle of poverty. The students are required to participate in a school holiday programme that includes entrepreneurial and small business skills, CV building and interview skills, sexual and reproductive health, self-esteem and motivational sessions. After graduating, the youngsters will follow a 3-month computer training course and have the possibility to participate in 2-week to 4-month job-shadowing assignments to gain practical experience and insight into potential careers.

The NGO:
Canada Mathare Education Trust (CMETrust) is a Canadian charity founded in 2006. It aims to increase access to education for vulnerable young people from the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, in order for them to positively change their own their families’ lives.





January 2018- December 2022



With whom

Canada Mathare Education Trust (CMETrust) 



49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.