eduKenya

Educate. Empower. Transform.

NOLENSVILLE, TN   |  https://www.edukenya.org

Mission

We provide high-quality, transformational, educational opportunities for children and their families living abject poverty in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya. We are driven by the love of Christ and a desire to glorify God.

Ruling year info

2010

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Adam Gould

Main address

7090 NOLEN PARK CIR

NOLENSVILLE, TN 37135 USA

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EIN

27-1151817

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mathare lies three miles east of Nairobi’s central business district. From very low-income high rise apartments to makeshift homes built from mud, tin or wood scraps, Mathare is home to over 600,000 people in an area measuring roughly 3.5 square miles. With an average income of well below $2 per day, many of the people living in Mathare struggle to make ends meet. Many children live in single parent households or are orphans living with extended family. There are currently only four public schools serving Mathare which means that a large portion of the school age population does not have adequate access to educational opportunities. Even those that do have the chance to go to the public schools receive an insufficient education due to overcrowding and limited resources. During the school day, outside or wandering the streets, which makes them vulnerable to gang recruitment, trafficking, prostitution and rape at an early age. This leads to a lack of opportunity and poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education Program

We focus on academic excellence and character development - both of which are measurable. We develop schools through partnerships with local churches in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

We hire purpose driven teachers who are committed to the transformation process for our students, placing value on academic growth and character development.

We track our academic and character development progress through transformation milestones, which are broken down at each grade level.

Unlike the traditional view that has a heavy emphasis on exam results, we view education through the lens of value added: through academic progress, a practical skill gained and character development.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We focus on providing opportunity, not forcing anyone to do anything. We create specific programs that can potentially lead to sustainable community and family development.

We do our best to reflect the extravagance of Christ's gift on the cross by offering unique opportunities. We do not make anyone pursue education or gain a skill, but they make the decision to do so.

We provide skill training for parents and community members. Our community Sustainability programs include making garments, bags and household accessories; fabric design, hairdressing and soap making. We hope to establish a designer bag business, as well as develop co-ops and other small businesses started by individuals who have gone through our training programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

eduKenya is an organization built on the belief that life can be radically different for children and families living in abject poverty in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, Kenya. It is a movement that seeks to provide sustainable opportunities for children and families through formal education, skill training, and local investment. The foundation of eduKenya is the holistic education of children, utilizing a challenging curriculum, experiential opportunities, and mentoring, while emphasizing character development. Our vision is for all children and their families in Mathare to experience freedom and fullness of life through Christ-centered economic, social and spiritual transformation.

1) Education that focuses on academic excellence and character development - both of which are measurable.
2) Opportunity by offering specific skill and business training programs that lead to sustainable family and community development.
3) Self-Sustainability by pursuing a Kenyan organization that is both financially and operationally independent.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?
1. A diverse Board with members that bring a unique skill set and perspective made up of both Kenyans and Americans.
2. In Kenya, there is an all Kenyan staff that receive non-interest loans, so that they are able to continue their education, and share their knowledge with the students and families in Mathare. In the United States, we have a small, but effective staff to manage development and accounting in the US.
3. As our organization has grown, evaluation is key towards achieving our goals. We have developed 7 Transformation Milestones which are currently being implemented throughout our learning culture to help us define ‘transformation’ and qualitatively measure our impact in the lives of our students and their families. These include: Christ-Centered, Empowered, Self-Control, Positive Change Agent, Open Minded Worldview, Grounded in Truth, Physical Wellness and Graduation https://www.edukenya.org/work/7-transformation-milestones
4. In Kenya, we have invested in rental properties to generate income, pursue fundraising opportunities, and continue to invest our donations into long term sustainable income.

Accomplishments:
1.Developed a full pre-primary, primary and high school.
2. 8th grade exam average falls in the top 23% of students nationally with over a million people taking the exam.
3. Our high school students’ national exam resulted in 60% of our students automatically qualifying for four year universities, 35% qualifying for a two year program and 95% scoring in top 39% nationally.
4. Developed a Senior Leadership Program that helps high school seniors grow in confidence, teamwork and leadership outside of the classroom.
5. Evidence of our students character development in how they care for their classmates. For example, The Class of 2019 raising money as a class to pay for one of their classmate’s father’s funeral.
6. The development of the Transformational Milestones so students are able to succeed and we can measure their success.

Whats next:
1. Building a boarding school with facilities that will serve our students both academically and extracurricularly.
2. To continue our sustainability and investment opportunities to support the schools financially.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pete Zimmerman

Retired - Global Logistics Manager, John Deere

Term: 2017 - 2019

Stephen Gould

Retired Owner, Gould Financial Services

Luke Michael

Co-Owner/Wealth Management Advisor, Gould Financial

John Rosacker

Managing Partner, Belton Capital

Daniel Mutisya

Senior Associate, Clifford Chance LLP

Adam Gould

Co-Founder/Executive Director, eduKenya

Eric Mirangi

Alice Kariuki

Gerald Walterfang

Director for WDS Africa

Mary Ochieng

Professor at Strathmore University