Youth Development

I CAN FLY INTERNATIONAL

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.icanflyinternational.org

Mission Statement

I CAN FLY International's mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to rescued children through education, enrichment and life skills that empower children and youth in Kenya. One of the main purposes of the project is to offer vulnerable children an opportunity to complete their high school education without risk of dropping out because of human rights violations and extreme poverty. According to a UN report, more than 25,000 girls under the age 15 years old are married off each day. Why? Some cultures practice harmful traditions because of familiarity and routine. Others enjoy the notion of having one less mouth to feed, therefore they would prefer to marry them off in order to lighten the family load. In the end, the children suffer when there is no alternative to early marriage and poverty, therefore, we offer our educational programs and shelter services as an alternative to these generational strongholds as a whole.

The I Can Fly International Butterfly Project offers free and subsidized quality Secondary education, shelter, enrichment activities and counseling services to rescued children and youth ages 13-17 years old. Children are often rescued from forced marriages, female genital mutilation, tribal war, child labor and extreme poverty. Many children in our program are also orphans.

The project is carried out on the campus of I Can Fly High School which is a fully registered private school under the Ministry of Education. The school is located in a remote area of Machakos , Kenya in a dry, hilly province where drought and food shortages are common due to lack of rain and development in the local community.

Main Programs

  1. The Butterfly Project

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Service Areas

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The I CAN FLY International works primarily in Kenya in nine distinct counties and other communities where poverty and human rights abuses are prevalent.

ruling year

2005

CEO since 2005

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Sha' Givens

Vice President since 2005

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Deidra Reid

Keywords

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East Africa

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EIN

20-1941017

 Number

0773998529

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Program 1

The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project offers free and subsidized quality Secondary education, shelter, enrichment activities and counseling services to rescued children and youth ages 13-17 years old.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

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Service Areas

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International

The I CAN FLY International works primarily in Kenya in nine distinct counties and other communities where poverty and human rights abuses are prevalent.

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I CAN FLY INTERNATIONAL

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CEO

Sha' Givens

Vice President

Deidra Reid

BIO

Sha' Givens is an author, minister, missionary and human rights advocate. She is has been instrumental in impacting several youth development programs with various companies within the Inglewood and greater Los Angeles areas. Her past experience working as a program manager, outreach coordinator and activities supervisor has helped shaped the lives of hundreds of children and youth.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"A dire need for safety, education and shelter remain the driving force behind the I Can Fly International Butterfly Project. Within various communities throughout Kenya girls are often pulled out of school or prevented from attending Secondary school by family members and guardians who prefer to either marry them off, prostitute them, mutilate them or simply allow them to remain uneducated at home because of poverty or out-dated traditional ideologies. The need for girls needing a safe place and education crosses a few issues we address which includes orphans, those affected by early marriage, female genital mutilation, poverty, war and tribal labor. The need is great in all these areas although priority is given to those affected by forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
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BOARD CHAIR

Sha' Givens

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