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Excellence in Action: Adam Gould, eduKenya

In a recent interview with Kinga Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping non-profits succeed, Adam shared some of his thoughts on non-profit structure, giving and cross-cultural partnerships.

Adam: When you ignore the giving capacity of locals, you are essentially saying to them, “You do not have what it takes to help your fellow citizens. You can’t be part of the solution.” The power of participation is transformational. Too often, the power dynamic swings in the direction of those with the money. However, when support for the work comes from local partners it breaks down barriers and creates equal, genuine relationships, as opposed to one-sided dependencies. We’ve experienced this time and again at eduKenya.  When our students see a successful Kenyan business person or lawyer who sits on our board, or when a Kenyan individual gives in significant ways and then visits our students, it gives our children a powerful message about the…

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Together

Kelvin Mulela

Kelvin

“Kelvin’s father is dead.” When Mawewa High school Principal, Mr. Mureithi heard these words over the phone from Kelvin’s mother, his heart immediately broke for Kelvin. Kelvin was one of the few Mawewa students who had a close relationship with his father, and he knew that this news would hit him hard.

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God Rest You Merry!

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
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Survive to Thrive

Some days it’s just their mother who does not eat, these are the bad days. On other days, the older siblings also sacrifice so that the little ones get a little more, those days are worse. Then there are the worst days, the days when the hungry little ones cry themselves to sleep, on those days the moms and dads living in extreme poverty silently cry too.

This is the face of food insecurity at…

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Day of the Girl

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She matters. Sit in any class, and listen to her speak, answering questions. Watch her at the board in front of the class, solving an equation, struggling with a difficult problem. Sitting at her desk collaborating with friends on a class project, writing, thinking, creating. It’s not that she is better than the boys, it’s not a competition, it’s simple, she matters because…

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