The LOGOS Scholarship Fund is a social justice initiative of the Nairobi Chapel. The fund began in 2007 in response to a need faced by students who had been displaced due to the post-election violence of 2007/2008. The violence, which rocked several parts of Kenya, including the capital Nairobi, left
many families displaced and living in internally displaced camps (IDPs). Among this population were students about to sit their national examinations who had their future suddenly obscured and now living in the worst conditions possible to enable learning.
The Nairobi Chapel, which is nestled between high-brow and low income density areas responded to the needs of those in the camps in Kibera and neighbouring Ngando and Kawangware, all informal settlements. It would later partner with other affected areas around the country through an inter-church initiative called Msafara – Wheels of Hope. We singled out the immediate needs of the students, housed them in half-way homes and gave them hope in the midst of a challenging environment.
As they moved to High School, with many of their parents still in the camps, the challenge was how they would continue to pay their fees. We knew the work had just begun. These were our very first LOGOS Scholars, then known as the Jubilee Scholarship Fund. We have since sponsored over 500 students in various high schools, universities and colleges in 40 counties in Kenya.
The LOGOS scholarship covers a period of 10 years for every child as we aim to walk with them through High School and University towards self-sufficiency. The fund goes beyond concentrating on the student’s academic performance alone and focuses on mentorship and character formation, empowering both beneficiaries and their families to be agents of change in their communities. We are educating for life, and eternity.