Oasis Africa Australia was originally established in 2005 to raise awareness and funds to help create a better future for the disadvantaged and underprivileged children of Kenya. Oasis Africa supports children from two slums in Nairobi, Kenya:
1) Kibera Slum: Kibera is one of Africa’s most notorious slums, with over 1 million inhabitants in 4 square miles near Nairobi. In 2008 Oasis Africa established a Secondary School Scholarship program to assist students living in Kibera. The student scholarship program provides a key step to breaking the poverty cycle for these children, their families and the community. The students gain highly employable skills through advanced education, trade or business qualifications, putting them in the most favourable position to be significant income earners in the future. The Secondary School Scholarships are available to any select eligible student who lives in Kibera slum and for students who attend BCC Soweto Primary School, supported by Oasis Africa Australia.
2) Bethlehem Community Centre (BCC), Soweto Slum: At BCC Kayole (Soweto), there is a home for 100 orphaned and vulnerable children, and a primary school educating 300 children from the surrounding community. Soweto slum is characterised by high population density, low levels of income and lack of adequate public facilities and amenities. There are no public schools in the slum and Bethlehem Centre currently runs the largest community based school offering formal education in the area. Oasis Africa joined partnership with BCC in 2013 to support the Primary School and invest in an Agriculture Project to assist BCC to become self-sustainable through the sale of their crops.