The Department of Children in Homa Bay County has received Sh2.7 million to fund orphans and vulnerable children’s education.
The funds disbursed through the Presidential Bursary Fund will be distributed to more than 800 needy and vulnerable students in secondary schools in the county.
Homa Bay County Director of Children Peter Kutere said they had already had the funds in their bank accounts.
Kutere said the money is meant for the first quarter of the current financial year.
The money will be disbursed in February next year.
Addressing journalists in his office, Kutere said the selected students will get a minimum of Sh10,000 and a maximum of Sh30,000 per year based on their needs.
“We will consider retention of students in school. We will assess their needs to enable us determine the amount of money given to each student,” said Kutere.
Those who sat for KCPE 2018 and got 250 marks and above to apply for the 2019 Presidential Bursary Funds. The maximum allocation is Sh30,000 maximum per year.
Other requirements include applicant’s birth certificate, parents’ death certificates and a calling letter.
Kutere also assured elderly persons that they will soon receive their monthly stipend arrears of four months.
Each of the senior citizens will receive Sh8,000 from July to October.
“I have spoken to Labour and Social Protection PS Nelson Marwa who assured me that they are only waiting for the Treasury to release the funds,” said Kutere.