Our mission began in the rural Kenyan town of Amagoro, in Busia County, where we started out by creating camp programs for local youth and creating an exam preparation program at Amagoro Primary School. Local officials granted us use of a building soon thereafter where we were able to establish the first free public library in the county. This also meant we had space to add vocational training and arts programs for students. For most of the children we serve, this is their opportunity to prepare for a future beyond the Grade 8 level and beyond the subsistence farming that dominates their lives.
We support education by:
- running camp programs and mentoring
- offering classes for young adults to learn trade-skills
- preparing Grade 8 students for the national KCPE exam, focusing particularly on English and Math, in 3 primary schools (approximately 200 students)
- providing access to books, newspapers and other resources in our Library, in satellite libraries that we have established and through regular delivery of books to over fifty schools in villages nearby.
- coordinating with other organizations such as the US Embassy in Nairobi (for which we serve as a local leader in the English Access Program), Mindleaps, the Elewana Education Project, KCA University, local schools and village elders.
These steps impact the community as a whole where parents struggle to cover the costs of education, even going so far as to sell precious land in order to raise funds to send a child to school. The people have embraced our efforts, contributing artifacts to our small museum and volunteering their own time to assist with vocational training, tell traditional stories and sing with the youth, and support our outreach efforts.