Education Accomplishments

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Kenya now offers free public education through 8th grade. Even so, only 67% of Kenyan children graduate primary school and less than 50% of those children go on to attend high school. Which means that out of 50 children, only 17 stay in school beyond 8th grade. And most public schools don’t provide the quality English education that lifts children out of poverty. Since 2007, we have supported the building and running of two primary day schools, one co-ed secondary boarding school and 2 girls secondary boarding schools. Over the years, embezzlement by a school administrator, a school owner needing to return to India for family issues, and the inability of parents to pay for even modest tuition (and the headmaster’s heartfelt desire to let highly motivated students stay in school for free – even though school income couldn’t support that many scholarships – led to schools closing. We learned some valuable lessons for a NGO our size. Along the way, we managed to help educate hundreds of students – and even got some into college on athletic scholarships. We also quickly learned that a better way for us to support education for Kenyans was to individually select students who financially couldn’t afford quality education and do our utmost to shepherd them through to either trade school or university, as we’re able.

Where Your Donation Goes

Today, we actively support 6 children. Two girls are in primary school. One boy is in secondary school and the other three (one boy and two girls) are waiting for continued support for their university tuition – a mere $1,600/semester! All six have had their education interrupted for at least several years. When we first started assisting them with education costs, the oldest girl was 13. We have a waiting list of two other boys who we would like to help get into high school. We help fund tuition, school uniforms, and school supplies, including trunks and bedding for boarding schools (due to the remote location of most rural families, students tend to live at the schools, where 10+ hour days are common). We also pay for exam fees, laptops, and extra-curricular activities. One primary student attended and won a National Poetry Recitation Contest, and was the youngest contestant that year. We’ve helped fund science experiments for a future medical researcher, provided a laptop for a budding computer programmer and helped two university students participate in a Moot Court conference. We’ve provided educational books. And we’ve extended our reach to help adults get education too. We’re helping a nurse take nursing classes to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam so she can come work for a few years in the U.S. And we’re looking to help two men attend computer classes, and seeking support to build a solar-powered computer charging station and on-line education center in a refurbished freight container. Here’s how you can be a part of our projects:

Empower People

Find a project that aligns with your heart. Help Kenyans earn a living wage. Pay to have a book translated, hire a minister to speak in the United States. Lend money through a low-interest social impact loan.

Make A Donation

With the favorable exchange rate, everything you give makes a huge difference. One-time, recurring, legacy gifts, matching funds. 100% tax deductible. 95%+ goes to direct project costs to transform people’s lives.

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Give a MEANING-FULL Gift for Kenyans or you!

Buy "gifts" directly for our Kenyan families - like a goat, school supplies, a toilet, a mattress, solar panels, water filters, ballet lessons, swim classes - even school tuition. Buy copies of the Swahili version of "Giving Thanks" or "Lessons in Truth" for us to distribute in Kenya and pay our translators. Or grab a copy of George's book, "Forward Ever, Backward Never" for yourself.  

Your "Trash" Is a Kenyan Family's TREASURE

Got used smartphone, tablet and chargers, gently used shoes, suits, ties, dresses, blouses, skirts, and unopened lotion, soap, shampoo, vitamins, supplements, sheets and pillowcases, educational, DIY or children's books? Our Kenyan families can put them to great use!