Our mission committee’s focus for February is on Kenya and our partners at eduKENYA. The Kenyan flag will be displayed in our chancel all month.
Children unsupervised, out of school, playing and wading through trash and debris, sometimes missing multiple meals a day – this was the unsettling reality that Adam Gould witnessed in 2006 while spending time with communities living in extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. Motivated by these images and a passion to see change, Adam established eduKenya, a fully registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Mawewa Preschool and Primary School are both located in, and serve, the children of Mathare. eduKenya strives to provide a high quality and holistic educational experience to all its children that addresses the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of its students. Chelezo High School is a high-quality boarding school primarily serving children from the Mawewa Primary School as well as other children from outside Mathare who live in extreme poverty. The boarding school is currently located about 3 hours from Nairobi.
Each school day eduKenya’s schools provide delicious and nutritious meals for students. For a number of children, the food they receive through the school’s feeding program is all they may eat for the day. The meals enable the students to concentrate on learning and reach their potential.
eduKenya focuses on relationships within the community by getting to know the parents and families connected to the children in the school, seeking to not only understand where they are coming from, but also their passions and desires. eduKenya provides basic reading, math and business management skills to each community member they engage. The goal is that all trainings will provide opportunities for gaining skills, knowledge, and confidence with the intended impact of more financially stable homes in the Mathare community.