Orphans and vulnerable children benefit from government funded bursary program.

By Judith Mwende and Mbeti Wambua – Kna Kerugoya
Orphans and vulnerable children with fees problems in Kirinyaga County have been awarded over shs 6 million by the government to pay their school fees.
The County Coordinator for Children Services Mr Kamwira Ngeke said the money went to over 3,676 beneficiaries from across the county.
Mr Ngeke was was speaking to the media last week said the county was now in the process of scaling up the programme to increase the beneficiaries by an extra 412 needy children.
He said that the same children will benefit from a National Health Insurance subsidy program meant for orphans and other vulnerable children.
“Those who claim the government is not doing anything are either ignorant or they are not in the picture; this group of children believe me would have quit school a long time ago” Mr.Ngeke said
He said they were now undertaking the data verification of the recipients to facilitate the payment of the money to various schools.
He said the programme which covers all the medical expenses for the benefiting children will now be rolled out to cover all the 3,678 children under the presidential bursary program.
“Previously we piloted the programme in Kerugoya and Kutus but now it has been opened to every child in the programme” Ngeke said.
Mr Ngeke said the programme which gives shs 15,000 for day public secondary schools students also pays a maximum of shs 30,000 for students in the boarding secondary schools.
The children who need to benefit from the program are required to fill a form from the children services office, and an approval by a social committee with members from their locality.
“The beneficiaries are identified and selected through an elaborate community- based selection process,” Ngeke said.
Students in private institutions are not covered by the program however needy they may be” he said