In 2009, Brett Weiss made a volunteer trip to Dago, Kenya. Little did he know, the kind and hard-working people he met would become a major part of his life.
The village of Dago is home to around 3,000 people—virtually all of whom are among the poorest on earth with an average family income of less than $2 USD per day. They live in tiny mud huts with no electricity or plumbing. Very few residents are over 40 years old, and only a handful ever receive medical care. Food insecurity and access to safe water sources are major problems.
Children also face additional challenges. Other than their school uniforms, children’s clothes largely come from charity. The government does not pay any of the costs to attend high school. For this reason, most children quit school around the fourth grade because they do not see the point in continuing an education that will not extend past primary school. Instead of attending school, they try to get a job working in the fields, making around $1 daily.
Moved by the resilience of the Dago community and inspired by his parents Bernard and Elsie, Brett created the Weiss Scholarship Foundation in 2011 with the mission of sending Dago’s children to high school. As of 2018, 42 full four-year scholarships have been awarded. Four students are now attending University.
The Weiss Scholarship Foundation has not only dramatically improved the lives of these children but has given a real hope to their families and the community. With education, they know that their future can be better. Young children in Dago now work hard in school with the hopes that they too may be able to get a scholarship to attend high school.