Kenya

The Dignitas Project – Since 2012

The Dignitas Project works in the second largest and oldest slum in the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya, and works with a total of 25 schools. Between all of our projects we have provided uniforms to 2,592 children. As part of our third round of funding, we agreed to participate in a special reading project that Dignitas is working on. We provided 25 books to each of their 25 schools. The work that Dignitas does blows our minds. Every time we talk to them they are up to something new and continually improving their approach. Very excited to see how our partnership with Dignitas unfolds over the years!

Flying Kites – Since 2013

Flying Kites is transforming primary education in rural Kenya. By partnering with communities, educators, and government leaders, they build the capacity of schools to improve student outcomes. As one of Flying Kites’ founding Village partners, we have provided thousands of uniforms to the students at Flying Kites Academy and across the Flying Kites School Network.

The Riley Orton Foundation – Since 2014

We are working with the Riley Orton Foundation to provide uniforms to the 120 girls attending the Akili Prep School and Akili Boarding School in Obunga.  From our project coordination David Omondi: “The uniforms have really made our school stand out in the community and we are admired by many people. Our girls are always tidy and smart in their uniforms. Unlike in the past when only the girls whose parents could afford to buy uniforms or those who were lucky to have sponsors looked smart, all our girls are now equal and there is no way of telling who comes from the poorest family. All our girls now exude confidence both at school and when walking home because no one can make fun of them or look down on them for having a torn uniform.”  That right there is why we do what we do! Keep working hard girls!

Daraja Academy – Since 2016

Each year Daraja accepts 30 critically-poor high-performing girls who demonstrate leadership potential at the high school level. These young women are chosen first by their degree of financial need, next by an in-person interview and lastly by their 8th grade test scores – they must be at the top of their primary class.  If these girls didn’t attend Daraja it is highly unlikely they would be attending school at all.

Key Statistics
  • There are more than 1mm children not enrolled in primary school
  • The primary school drop-out rate is 27.2%
  • Only 42% of girls and 40% of boys are enrolled in secondary school
  • 1.5mm people live with HIV/AIDS (4th highest in the world)
  • 42% of the population is between the ages of 0-14
  • 26% of girls give birth before the age of 18
  • 57% of women ages 15-19 think a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife
  • 6.7% of GDP is spent on education