Who are we?
We are a Scottish Charity (registration number SC045090) set up by Sharon & Joseph Lewa to provide financial and practical support to young people from Lewa's (Joseph) home area-Sabaki, in Malindi District Kenya, to obtain secondary and/or further education.
This is a passionate cause for Lewa who is only where he is now because people believed in him and opened doors for him.
Sabaki is an area with high level of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and youth crime. This is largely due to children dropping out of primary school due to pressures to help their families by working to get money or to care for siblings.
Many young people get trapped into cycles of poverty and often turn to gangs, crime, prostitution or drink/drugs.
Future Foundations Co-Director, Joseph grew up in Sabaki, Kenya, and is the first person from his village to go to university. This was due to his uncle sponsoring him to go to secondary school. Joseph had to work at nights, weekends and holidays to get pocket money and also paid some of the school fees as well as to provide for his 6 younger siblings and mum, as his dad passed away since 2002when he was 16yrs old. In 2010, Vicki & Sam Samuels and Sharon Mackenzie visited Rainbow Community Care Orphanage, where Joseph was working, Vicki & Sam decided to sponsor him to go to Mount Kenya University. In 2012, Joseph graduated with a Diploma in Social Work & Community Development. Joseph now lives in Isle of Skye with his wife, Sharon, who he met at Rainbow, and their two daughters Anna & Faith. He works as a Programe Assistant at Columba 1400, a project which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sharon, is originally from Skye and works as a social worker for NHS Highland. Joseph knows that without the support and faith of his uncle, Vicki & Sam, that his life (and his siblings lives) would be very different. Future Foundations was started in April 2013 to support young people in Joseph’s home town in Sabaki, of Kenya.
What is our mission?
We aim to provide financial and practical support to young people, aged 12-25 years, from disadvantaged families who want to go to secondary school/college/training in order to have a better future for themselves, families and community.
Future Foundations raise money through fundraising events and donations in order to pay secondary school fees and college fees for young people.
We also provide financial support for materials needed for education such as books, pens and uniform. We hold workshops in Sabaki for all young people in the area, run by our volunteer social worker, on topics ranging from drug abuse and gang culture, to how to open a bank account.Up to 25 young people attended each workshop, from varying backgrounds and experiences.
Since Future Foundations was founded in 2013, we have sponsored one young person from 2nd year to his final 4th year exams in secondary school and then to college where he is now a qualified mechanic. We have sponsored four other young people at differing stages of their secondary school and all four have now completed their final year. We have also successfully sponsored five young people to gain qualifications including food production, IT and, very recently hairdressing. Most of these young people is now in full time employment. In January 2020, we agreed to sponsor two young people to go to college to study Secretarial Studies following both doing well in Secondary School but not having to means to go further