Kuenzi Foundation is a registered, Canadian charitable organization (registration #851375865 RR0001), established in 2009 to provide annual scholarships for girls to study at Yanfouom. Beginning in 2015, Kuenzi Foundation expanded the scholarship program to provide support for girls who graduate from Yanfouom to continue their studies in post-secondary education.
There are currently 15 scholarship recipients, 8 studying at Yanfouom in Dapaong, Togo, West Africa and 7 studying at university and other post-secondary education institutions. Each scholarship covers the costs for one year associated with tuition, school uniforms, books and other school-related supplies.
Scholarship recipients are selected and mentored by the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), whose main objective is to advocate for and promote the education and well being of young women.
Yanfouom is a middle and secondary school located in Dapaong, Togo. It was founded on October 20, 2000 by Mme Martine Moni Sinandja who is also the school's current Director. Mme Sinandja founded the school convinced that the education of girls is one of the solutions to the development of a country. The school started with 37 pupils and has steadily grown to now include 1026 (approximately 1/2 girls and 1/2 boys), 29 teachers and 11 support staff.
For Mme Sinandja the first sphere of socialization of a child is their family and in a patriarchal world it is the men who have the first and the best place. "I meet a lot of women ... some have been in school and some not, but they are very motivated for their children to succeed in school. There is still time for change, for a better way, to ensure gender equality and to ensure that our daughters receive education." (Source: UNICEF Togo, Imaginons un monde meilleur pour les enfants, 2015)
The staff are devoted to the success of the school and the students. We want our partnership with Kuenzi Foundation to continue to grow and promise that we will continue to work well to have a more certain future and to develop our country.