A Word From The CEO
When students walk the halls of their schools, they probably are not thinking about how fortunate they are to be there. Compulsory free education for all is assumed and often taken for granted here in America, but it isn’t that way in much of the world.
In Kenya, prior to 2003, education was almost entirely the responsibility of local communities and church organizations. Since then, the government has taken great strides in the development and administration of its schools but there is still a long way to go before Kenya reaches its goal of free education for all children. Secondary school has been cited by the UN Millennium Project as one of the keys to breaking acute poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa which includes Kenya. Yet a quality education is still unattainable to most children living in extreme scarcity. Lack of money for uniforms, supplies and high school tuition fees is forcing many kids into the streets where they engage in debasing activities as they fight for survival.
School can literally save children’s lives.
Kinyago-Dandora Schools (KDS) founded in 1987 by Kenya Children’s Fund (KCF) has become a community of strength, love and hope for the children living in Kinyago-Dandora, one of the poorest areas of Nairobi. The children enrolled in our program know that within the walls of KDS they will find nourishment for the body and soul, teachers and staff who care about them, and an opportunity to rise above their circumstances.
Our Mission is to transform the lives of Kenya’s impoverished children by raising up servant leaders and providing life’s basic necessities including nutrition, medical care and education in a Christ centered environment. Our children flourish under the nurturing care of African professionals who believe in imparting faith based principles to children in the most important time in their growing years from preschool to university. Armed with an education, these young men and women will return to their communities to serve as agents of change. Our challenge is to raise up Kenya’s future leaders and be part of the call to create independence and leadership for Africa.
I am truly excited about the future of Kinyago-Dandora Schools. I have just returned from Kenya where I spent several weeks interacting with our dedicated staff and teachers led by Jane Njuguna. I was especially impressed by the determination of our kids to make a difference in their communities. While there, I met with several students attending college and university who have recently formed the KDS Alumni Association. Their goal is to continue serving as role models by mentoring their younger peers at KDS and plan special activities such as a clean up day at both schools this fall.
I was also very touched by all of the new extra-curricular clubs that have been started by our high school students this year. Two in particular are extremely heart warming like the art club that is catering to special needs children in the community and another is visiting homes of kids who are not enrolled at KDS. The mission of both organizations is to help these children understand their worth and value, and that with God’s help, they too, can rise above their poverty.
These are initiatives that were started by KDS students in grades 7-12. Imagine… what will our students be able to accomplish with further education and training? Together, we can rejoice that we are already seeing the fruit of our prayers and financial gifts in the lives of our students who are dedicated to making a difference for others.
May God bless you for helping us equip young people to rise above their poverty and disadvantage with hope and determination. We are very grateful for your commitment to the Lord’s work in bringing up Kenya’s future leaders in that impoverished, yet hopeful, community.
- Ginger Palm, CEO