founded in 2005 by Aidan Corless, a Dublin businessman who wanted to take
positive action to ease the plight of children and other young
dependent adults orphaned directly or indirectly as
the result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Aidan visited Kitui to assess the situation on the
ground. He met the Diocesan Administrator for
the Kitui Diocese, and visited a number of centres where the
Diocese was working on behalf of the people of Kitui.
identified education as one of the key elements in a programme
for support of AIDS orphans, recognising that providing these children
with a sound education would give them a better headstart for the future.
2005 the programme has evolved to support not only AIDS
orphans, but other needy students whose family
circumstances would not allow them to access secondary
education. Sponsored students are selected on the basis of
need, and not on religious affiliation.
contribution, however small, towards this programme is most
Sponsors wishing to have
a one-to-one relationship with the student are asked to pay
between €350 and €500 towards the educational expenses for each student.
This sum covers the annual cost of
providing tuition, uniform, personal expenses such as school clothing and
bedding, food and accommodation in a boarding school, and transport
to and from school at end of term. The sponsorship fee is paid through the
Trocaire-Friends of Kitui account directly to the Education Department of
the Catholic Diocedse of Kitui, which monitors and administers the
programme. Any surplus is applied to additional needy students.
discussed elsewhere on this site,
education is seen by the people of Kitui as essential in helping
them to improve their own economic status- just as it was in
Ireland in decades past.
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left during a visit to Kitui April 2007: (L to R) Aidan
Corless, Ndiko, Richard, and Pat Torpey. Ndiko has just
qualified with a P1 primary teaching qiualification, and
Richard is in his first year at University studying engineering. Both were sponsored through secondary school
by Friends of Kitui. Richard is now being sponsored by a Dalkey