DD Puri Scholarship Program

What began in July, 2006 with the sending of a young person from the Kakuma Refugee Camp to a nearby Kenyan college has turned into a full-fledged scholarship program.  Twelve young bright minds, once living in Refugee camps, are now enrolled in various tertiary education programs and living on their respective campuses.  The DD Puri Foundation, partnered with Windle Trust Kenya (WTK), works to provide opportunities for tertiary education to those well-qualified for education but lacking resources.

Currently, four students are sponsored directly from the Foundation, while eight student scholarships, funded by the Foundation, are being facilitated by Windle Trust Kenya.

SimonSix students from the Scholarship Program are enrolled in a teacher training program.  Partnering with Windle Trust Kenya, an organization that facilitates and provides education to Refugees from East Africa, the foundation provides untrained teachers working in the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps a chance to receive formal training in teaching.  This comes as a huge boost for the teachers as there is a dire need for trained teachers in both refugee camps.  During their semester breaks, the students return to the camps for two-week girl-child education programs, where the newly trained teachers run classrooms for young girls in the camps.

The ultimate goal of the program is to provide these bright young minds with the skills necessary to teach their fellow countrymen and women.  Once peace is restored in their home countries and the rebuilding process starts, they will be equipped with the capacity building skills necessary to become the leaders of their communities.  In the meantime, the students are increasing their expertise as teachers and will be educating those still living in the camps.

The foundation is also supporting two students attending Kabark University in Nakuru, Kenya.  The two were originally sponsored through a UNHCR scholarship program, but the funding had recently stopped short of their full tuition needs.  
The foundation is acting as a secondary sponsor, funding the remaining tuition requirements for both students, so that they complete their education.

The Kakuma Refugee Camp is located
in NW Kenya. Most of its inhabitants
are survivors from a 20-year war in
Southern Sudan..

The Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in NW Kenya. Most of its inhabitants are survivors from a 20-year war in Southern Sudan..