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Nyali Scholarship Fund

Through our ongoing partnership with the African Education Program (AEP), we are seeking to provide life-changing scholarships to orphans and vulnerable youth in Zambia.

In Zambia, 78% of the population is under the age of 25 and 60% live below the poverty line. Only 56% of youth attend high school, largely due to mandatory fees that begin in 8th grade. AEP’s yearly scholarships are awarded to deserving high school and college students who otherwise cannot afford to continue their education.

Learn more about the Nyali Scholarship Fund and find out how you can get involved below.

COVID-19 Update:

Schools reopened January 24th in Zambia after delaying their opening date due to the pandemic and we are happy to share that the doors to the Learning and Leadership Center have partially opened to young Mwalii Leaders too. As AEP transitions from remote learning to in-person, they are operating very safely and continue to observe all the Covid-19 regulations. Three grades come to the after-school center each day to attend classes and they also get to enjoy participating in their favorite clubs and have a nutritious meal.

Advance Education for Vulnerable Youth in Zambia

AEP’s Nyali Scholarship Fund Story

AEP started the Scholarship Fund in 2007, awarding 25 high school scholarships. Over the years, nearly 2,600 annual scholarships have been awarded to over 1,000 students, resulting in a total of 450 high school graduates and 80 college graduates.

AEP awards scholarships to students who cannot afford to continue their education. Most of these children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Some are also victims of the virus themselves. Many of them now live with older siblings or grandparents, alone, or are themselves the head of household.

AEP has already witnessed the effects that the Scholarship Fund has for its most promising members who have lifted themselves out of poverty. Fifty-five college graduates who started with high school scholarships and were then awarded college scholarships, along with hundreds of high school graduates, have changed the trajectory of their individual lives and those of their families. 

Scholarships have also helped to avert student pregnancy and early marriage by alleviating the economic burden families face when trying to provide an education for their girls. AEP has a 1-2% pregnancy rate among its female beneficiaries compared to a 20% average in the area. 

Garity’s Story

Garity’s family could not afford to pay Zambia’s mandatory school fees that start in 8th grade. So for three years, she waited with dread at the prospect of early marriage that surely awaited her. Thankfully, she found AEP, attended daily academic and extracurricular programs taking place daily at the organization’s educational resource center, and earned her first scholarship in 2017.

Last fall, Garity wrote the 9th grade national exam—an exam that far too many students fail. Nationwide, only 45.6% of students like Garity passed. Failing the exam in most cases ultimately ends a student’s education as most families cannot reinvest in another year of school. Garity and 83.4% of AEP’s 9th graders on scholarship passed the exam and moved on to 10th grade.

When asked what this educational success meant to her, Garity explained, “Passing Grade 9 is a dream come true. Life was very difficult and I never thought I would be in school, talk less of being in Grade 10. I am so grateful for AEP for believing in me, sponsoring my education, and helping me in my studies.”

How You Can Help Us Provide Scholarships 

in 2021, the Nyali Scholarship Program will serve 137 girls and 113 boys, along with 32 college students and 29 high school graduates who are currently in the College Prep Program.

Providing a high school scholarship only costs $275 for the entire school year and an annual college scholarship costs $1,500. You don’t have to offer the full annual amount to make a difference, any donation with help a student continue their studies! You can help us provide a life-changing scholarship by donating now!