Mathare Scholarship Students

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We are excited for you to meet our new Inverted Arts scholarship recipients in Kenya and read updates from our students continuing in their studies!

New Students:


Phoebe is a 19 year old who was orphaned at the age of 4. She has two sisters and they were all brought to Kariobangi Children’s Home in 2015 and were enrolled in classes.

Phoebe joined MCO Secondary School until form three and then transferred to Kariobangi North Girl’s Secondary School in 2021. After sitting for her secondary national examinations in March 2022, she was released to go live with her elder sister within Nairobi who now works as a nursery school teacher having also been sponsored by MCO through a scholarship program. She began her training in hair dressing, but now needs to transfer to a better organized college.

She has been a participant on the photography teams during MCO/IA Art Camps since 2018. She would like to continue to pursue Hair dressing and Beauty Therapy. She recently did hair and make up for the Kariobangi Orphanage children when they did a Kenyan Peace Song music video.


Dorothy is 19 years old and the second born in a family of 5 siblings. Her mother Tabitha is a peasant farmer focusing on sweet potatoes while her father is night watchman in Nairobi. She went to MCO primary school in Mathare slums where she lives with her father since their mother lives in their rural home. She took her high school examinations in the 2019 and later on joined Moriah school of Discipleship. She is currently doing some work in a cyber café to help support the family too. She has not been able to join any college due to lack of school fees. She wishes to pursue a course in baking and will attend Valentine School of Cakes in Nairobi. Baking is her passion and she hopes to run her own business once she graduates and can acquire the right equipment. Dorothy is also a gifted singer and a member of OCC Church praise and worship team as one of the key soloists.


Stephanie is 20 years old and currently pursuing a three year diploma in interior design at Buru Buru Institute of Fine Art (BIFA). She is in her second year having done well in her first year despite missing classes on many occasions for failure to pay school fees. She has a natural passion for art and her focus is interior design. The course entails soft furnishing such as curtains, house décor and basic architectural skills. Her mother is an office secretary while her step father does welding. Her biological father passed away when her mother was 6 months pregnant. Stephanie went to KCO School in Kariobangi and later on joined Moriah school of Discipleship. She is very determined to finish her courses at BIFA and the Inverted Arts scholarship will make this possible.

Continuing Students:

My name is Brian Odhiambo Onyango, currently at Mt Kenya University studying journalism and mass communication with focus on technical development. I have one more semester to go, finishing in the month of December 2022. I work at various private gatherings covering birthdays, weddings, and corporate events as a source of income. These earnings help me meet my bills, food and transport to school. My studies are valuable to me as I am able to learn valuable skills before looking for employment. One needs to just remain focused. Once again I say thanks for the support I have been receiving that enabled me to becoming a professional.

Receive my greetings. I am well together with my family. I am currently pursuing a diploma in journalism and mass communication at Mt Kenya University. I am in my second year, first semester, having covered 9 units so far. I am learning how to operate a camera and the basics of video editing. My friends and I have formed a small production crew to help us improve on what we have been taught in college. My only major challenge has been bus fare to school. My classes runs from Monday through to Friday and raising bus fare has not been very easy. Otherwise I remain very grateful for the support I have been receiving from Inverted Arts. God bless.

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus, and I am believing and trusting you are all well. I am doing well and already gaining and sharpening my skills. I have finished my foundation course (certificate) in music production at Melody House in Nairobi. I scored 76% in practical and 38/50 in theory. I still need to learn to handle instruments like the guitar, violin and others related instruments. I am about to start an advanced certificate to learn more in vocals and creating beats. I say thank you for the support you have given me and standing with me fully. Am looking forward to continue and finish successfully through your support. God bless!