Clarette Refugee Fund2018-10-09T11:58:00+00:00

The Clarette Refugee Fund is a 501c3 organization founded by Clementine Bihiga, a former Rwandan refugee, motivational speaker and award winning in memory of a daughter, Clarette, that she lost in 2014. Clarette Refugee Fund aims to give refugee youth the education they need and deserve to move ahead in life.

Clarette Refugee Fund is currently building a Christian Private High School in Kenya, The Clarette International School of Excellence (CISE).

CISE students, teachers and administrators plea to the public.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL…

CLARETTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE (CISE), formerly known as St. Kizito Kabiria, is a Christian high school in Kenya that was established in the year 1996 to help refugees and local students from poor backgrounds get the much needed education opportunities to better their future despite their situation.

We have served over 2000 students through the school that has largely been supported by charitable people and organizations. We aim to develop the school and make it self-sustainable by attracting more students from the local communities who will be paying fees that are lower than the normal rates but competitive to attract income that will be essential in running the school.

GLOBALLY-MINDED CHRIST-CENTERED EDUCATION

  • At CISE, we believe that Christ is the center of all knowledge and the reference point center of all experiences. Christ is the centerpiece of our curriculum, the only ONE who we will relate everything.

  • We believe that Globally-minded Christ-centered education is crucial to shaping our future leaders. Increasingly, our students are global thinkers who seek realworld meaning and application in their schoolwork. Globally minded Christ Centered education opportunities will be offered at CISE are through advancing technology, ministry partnerships, student mission trips, and international student enrollment.
  • Majority of our students and teachers are refugees and immigrants whose families have faced atrocities and other life trials. CISE will be an environment where hope and renewed faith will be found for both our teachers and students.

LOCATION

CLARETTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE (CISE) is located in Kabiria, Dagoretti Constituency, Nairobi County in Kenya, Africa with a population of about 152,000 people.

Some of Our Students!

Alexis BIGARAUKA

  • Age : 18 YEARS

  • Country of origin : RWANDA

  • Grade : FORM SIX

  • When I grow up I want to be a PSYCHOLOGIST

I come from a refugee family of six people in which I am the last born of the four children. My other three siblings have already finished their secondary studies at this school but so far they don’t have any job. Our parents live separately and that separation lets us children live under the care of our mother who works hard as a cleaner. She cleans other people’s clothes but the money she gathers is so little that she can’t afford paying for my school fees. Sometimes I sell some of my drawings and then buy some school materials by myself. My other siblings also help me after doing some domestic chores. So far I have not paid a part of the second term school fees and yet it is high time we paid for the third term. Seeing my incapability to pay for my school fees, I request Clementine and Clarette Refugee Fund to assist me in any way they can so that I can achieve my dream of being a Psychologist

Alice AMANI KEISHA

  • Age : 20 YEARS
  • Country of origin : RWANDA

  • Grade : FORM SIX
  • When I grow up I want to be an OPTICIAN or A JOURNALIST

I come from a refugee family of six people: my father, who is one of those who volunteer to teach at our school, where it is so hard for them to get monthly salary; my mother and my siblings. My mother works as a cleaner. She goes around, asking for small jobs like washing clothes, and this is her only job she does. My siblings and I are also students and it is hard for us to sometimes go to school especially since our parents are not that capable to provide for us. Sometime it is even harder because we have to eat but because life is hard, we have no choice but to wait when we don’t have because patience pays. If Clementine and Clarette Refugee Fund can please support me and my siblings study without any problems, so that our dreams may become a reality, I will really appreciate and God will continue blessing them.

Fulgence MUGISHA

  • Age : 17 YEARS

  • Country of origin : RWANDA

  • Grade : FORM FIVE

When I grow up I want to be a MINISTER Small summary on family life : I am from a refugee family composed of five people of whom my mother, my father, my elder sister, my younger brother and myself. My father is a watchman in a Supermarket but his salary is not enough to support us because my siblings and I are also at school. As for my mother, she runs a small business in a grocery but she does not earn enough cash to meet our family needs. That is why I would appeal Clementine and Clarette Refugee Fund to support because my parents’ business and job are not able to meet our family needs. Frankly speaking, without your assistance, I will not be able to achieve my dream of becoming a Minister.

Patrick URIA

  • Age : 21 YEARS

  • Country of origin : CONGO (DR)

  • Grade : FORM FIVE

When I grow up I want to be a PEDIATRICIAN. Small summary on family life : I fled my country where my father was not able to cater for my education. In Nairobi where I thought I would find relief for my education (schooling), things are not going well. My uncle with whom I live is involved in statue making and earns a little money but he has so many people to assist that it is almost impossible to meet the whole family’s needs. So far I have a small debt for the second term school fees and yet it is high time we paid for the third term school fees. Seeing all that is mentioned above, I would request Clementine and Clarette Refugee Fund to assist me in one way or another, otherwise my dream of becoming a Pediatrician will not be achieved.

MUHIMPUNDU Marie Patience

  • Age : 17 YEARS

  • Country of origin : RWANDA

  • Grade : FORM FIVE

When I grow up I want to be a PSYCHIATRIST Small summary on family life : I was born in a refugee family of seven people: my two parents, my two brothers, my two sisters and myself. My mother is a Secretary at our school and my father is a Teacher at the same school. And even though, they don’t depend much on Saint Kizito School salary because Saint Kizito teachers go through many things. They spend the whole day at school but after school they go to hustle and see if they can at least find something to feed their families. My father is also a carver but still has no sustainable market. He does carving after school. Seeing that my parents’ jobs never give anything consistent to meet the family’s needs, I appeal to Clementine and Clarette Refugee Fund to assist me, otherwise my dream of becoming a Psychiatrist will not be achieved.

INGABIRE Valentine

  • Age : 22 YEARS

  • Country of origin : RWANDA

  • Grade : FORM FIVE

  • When I grow up I want to be an ACCOUNTANT.

We are a refugee family of six people: my father, my mother, my three siblings and myself. We, children, are all at school, and life is not that easy for us. My dad does Carving and what he earns from it is not enough for paying our school fees, rent and for our other needs because what he does, has no sustainable market. As for my mum, ever since she arrived here in Kenya in 2007, she has been taking medicines nonstop till now. But despite what she is going through, she tries doing laundry for others in order to get at least something for the family but still it is not enough. This leads me to say that without your assistance from Clementine and Clarette Refugee Fund, my dream of being an Accountant will not become a reality.

NDAYISHIMIYE Ange Valentine

  • Age : 19 YEARS

  • Country of origin : RWANDA

  • Grade : FORM FIVE

When I grow up I want to be a LAWYER. Small summary on family life : We are a refugee family of seven people: five children, mother and father. My mum cultivates for other people and in other times she does laundry. My dad is one of the volunteer teachers of our school and sometimes does tuition to some students of other schools. My two elder sisters have completed their secondary studies here in this school but stay at home because despite what my dad and my mum do, they can’t get money to pay for their university studies. They then go through a lot due to lack of job. But sometimes they help my mother do the laundry for other people to get us money for supper. At times they don’t get customers, they come back home empty handed. The money they earn is not sufficient for us all as a
family and especially for my studies and those of my younger sisters. This is why I hurriedly come to Clementine and Clarette Refugee Fund in order to request for assistance. Frankly speaking without your support my needs will not be met.

School Contact Information

Clementine Bihiga
Founder
info@clementinebihiga.com
774-203-9916

Dennise Arumba
School Administrator
Dennisarumba@gmail.com
+254 705 815058

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