Since its beginning in 1905, Rotary International has been a great proponent of service and education. Since their values are so closely aligned, Kenya Keys has found Rotary to be a great partner. The Albina Rotary of Northeast Portland has been a special friend to Kenya Keys. Full of talented professionals with caring hearts and eager minds, the Albina Rotary invited Rinda Hayes do a presentation in 2010.
She was happy to share with them the extreme challenges that the children in rural Kenya face. Struck by the determination and stamina shown by these students, the Albina group wanted to sponsor a college student of their own; preferably a girl, since girls face even greater challenges than the boys.
Rinda gladly matched them up with Jabu Hadija, a bright girl whose father had died of AIDS and her mother was HIV positive. She had been the head girl at her school, but because of the desperate situation at home, she could no longer pay her fees. Despite her strong desire to continue, she was going to have to drop out of school.
The Albina Rotary sponsorship came as a godsend. Jabu was able to finish secondary school. She then served as a volunteer librarian at the Kenya Keys library in the village where she grew up, and eventually went to college. Still sponsored by Albina, she received a diploma from a teacher training college. She is now teaching and helping support the education of her younger siblings.
Upon her graduation the group did what Kenya Keys lovesùthey said they wanted to take on a new student! They are currently sponsoring Elvis Nyange, one of the top scoring students in the Coast Province.
Many thanks to this loyal group of Rotarians!