The Macheo program of the Strathmore University engages the most fortunate students in a mentoring service for young students with few financial means, to accompany them on a path of integral growth. The Macheo project was set up in the light of conviction that the best way to tackle poverty in Kenya is to empower its people through education.
In Kenya, only 3% of the people who enrol in primary school education go on to enrol at University level. Many extraordinarily bright and able young Kenyans are underperforming and failing to finish even secondary level education.
This tragedy has motivated the Macheo Project, which is tailored specifically towards improving the retention rates of these underserved students in the education system.
Based in the Kibera slum, where statistics suggest there is almost no probability of a child surviving through to tertiary level, the Macheo Project seeks to directly combat those barriers which systematically cause students to drop out or underperform academically. In Kibera, poor Kenyans who want to escape the viscous cycle of poverty around them, need to maintain high enough grades to attract public and private sector scholarships. Where aspiration is low and drug addiction, alcoholism, and parental disengagement are high; young people desperately need positive role models. Mentorship provides the students not only with academic tutoring, moral guidance, and sound strategic advice, but also a clear sense that there are people who care about their welfare.
Harambee encourages fundraising to strengthen the Macheo program and, in 2020, thanks to the commitment of the students of the Tabancura Institute (Chile), it was possible to contribute to the study expenses of many young people in Kibera.