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Our Mission

Kenya Children's Fund Seeks to Transform the Lives of Kenya's Impoverished Children

KCF seeks 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 committed to imparting faith-based principles to children in the most important time of life: the formative years from preschool to university. Armed with an education, these young men and women will return to their communities to serve as change agents in every sector of society. Change will come to Africa in the 21st century…one child at a time.

Enabling the Children of Kenya: Primary Education
Kinyago-Dandora School (KDS) was started in the fall of 1987 by John and Babby Schwarz of Kenya Children’s Fund after a visit to the slum villages of Kinyago-Dandora. Feeling overwhelmed by the suffocating poverty and the plight of children living in such squalid conditions, John and Babby decided to begin a program that would provide education and nutrition for children living in Kinyago-Dandora. The Schwarzes and the village elders first opened the doors of Kinyago-Dandora School in 1988 offering preschool and nutrition programs.  The early success of these programs led to solid growth and the expansion of the school to meet the growing need.

The current President/CEO, Ginger Palm, has carried the mission to change the futures of these children by expanding the Primary School's outreach, and later adding a Secondary School to the program. Under her leadership, KDS has over 53 students in universities and other post secondary schools throughout Kenya.

Currently, KDS has more than 800 students enrolled in pre-school, primary and secondary school classes with 53 more students preparing for and attending universities, colleges and technical schools throughout Kenya. Academically, KDS is one of the top schools in its district and our students often win local music and sports competitions. Kinyago-Dandora School was declared the “Best Overall Community School” out of 35 schools in their school district.

KDS also strives to serve the community of Kinyago-Dandora through health care (AIDS awareness, family planning, etc.) and spiritual health programs in the evenings. Additionally, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church uses the school dining hall on Sunday mornings to conduct services in English and Swahili for more than 400 people in the community.

Enabling the Children of Kenya: Secondary Education and Beyond
Students leave primary school well-prepared for the transition to secondary school and with skills to enable them to succeed later in life. Without a high school education, there is little chance for employment, forcing too many children into theft, prostitution and other dangerous, debasing activities in effort to survive and help their families.

Kenya Children’s Fund is completing construction of the Secondary School facilities. We currently have approximately 250 secondary students enrolled and in February of 2010 the first graduating class of KDS went out equipped for further opportunities. It is our policy to help graduating students to continue their studies at Christian institutions such as Daystar University or enable them to learn professional skills in a quality trade school.

Kenya Children’s Fund’s biggest accomplishments to date:

  • Our schools have been ranked as one of the best schools in the Eastlands Njiru District with a pass rate of 100% for graduating seniors.  Two of our 2011 seniors earned the coveted academic award of Best Boy and Best Girl in the district of more than 1,440 students.
  • Developing a curriculum and teaching staff for KDS which is considered one of the best in Nairobi. Our graduates are now enrolled in universities and colleges throughout Kenya.
  • Providing primary and secondary education, nutrition, medical and spiritual care for impoverished children living in the Kinyago-Dandora area.
  • More than 55 KDS graduates are   now enrolled in universities and colleges throughout Kenya.

Primary Goals for 2012 and Beyond:

  • Provide sponsorship for all primary and secondary school children currently enrolled at KDS.
  • Create meaningful relationships between sponsors and friends of Kenya Children’s Fund and partnering ministries through visits to Kenya.
  • Continue to provide adult education programs which focus on AIDS awareness and basic parenting fundamentals.
  • Continue providing scholarships for graduating seniors to attend University and colleges in Kenya.
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