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Elimu...It means EDUCATION in Swahili, one of the major languages of East Africa.
Giving Tuesday in Canada Elimu is a Canadian-based charitable organization and so we join with Canadians to honour GivingTuesday. This week we celebrate the benefits of charitable giving together with the graduates of Heri Ministries Sewing College in Kenya. Kind hearts far away made it possible for these young ladies to prepare and sit for their Kenya National Trade Examinations this week.Click here to learn more
This fall is a time for celebration! At Elimu we think it's important to take stock and give thanks for the things we are able to achieve with the amazing support of many generous hearts. That's why we were thrilled to be part of the Thanksgiving Day Celebrations at Upendo Early Childhood Centre on Monday, October 7, 2013. The newly constituted school management committee including the original founders, the headmistress and parent representatives organized the day which included presentations by the students and teachers, traditional songs and dances, local acrobats and greetings from past graduates (now at various primary schools around the area). We also hosted Elimu volunteer, Suzanne Stoltz, for her first ever visit to Upendo and to Kenya. Photos and video clips of the day can be found on our facebook page. Click here to enter.
At Nyumbani Kwetu we're proud as we await our first high school graduate. Sarah completes her national exams for the Kenya certificate of Secondary Education in November and will be the first of her family to complete high school. We also have a primary school graduate, James, who is preparing for his national exams. Both students will be done by November 15th, after which time they will both need some serious rest from a very stressful year. As the school year comes to a close (mid-November) all of the children are in the last stages of the final preparations. At Heri Ministries Sewing College there will be 7 candidates for the Kenya National Trade certificate exams in December. Among them is Mariamu, an Elimu sponsored student. All of the Heri Ministries students benefitted from a recent gift of fabrics and notions. We try to provide these once or twice a year to all students to promote a positive relationship between the sponsored students and those who are paying their own way. Often the girls work with paper because they can't afford materials. So the gift of real fabric was very well received by all.
Elimu is the official tradename of Elimu Development Projects a registered Canadian charity assisting children through education. We are based in Ottawa, Canada and are completely volunteer-run. We have been undertaking projects in Kenya since 2006 as private individuals. We were registered as a not-for-profit organization in January 2011 and as a charitable organization from January 2012.
We are a board of directors of four Canadians and an Advisory Board with members from Canada, USA, England and Kenya. We have one volunteer administrator in Ottawa. Click here to meet the board.
The “office” of Elimu is a virtual set up run between Ottawa, Canada and Malindi, Kenya. For this reason there is currently only a P.O. Box address and email contacts for us.
Currently, all proceeds raised go direct to Elimu projects. All overhead costs and administrative fees (including printing, mailing, legal and accounting fees, etc.) in Canada and Kenya are covered by our founder, Nina Chung. All those involved in management, administration and fund-raising volunteer their time and expertise. All operations are virtually run from home offices (Kenya and Ottawa) so there are no overhead costs.
If you would like to offer children hope of a better future through our projects, please see the column to the right and consider a donation to keep our work going.
Nyumbani Kwetu: a Sponsored Family Home for Children, Malindi, Kenya
Elimu provides all living expenses, schooling and staffing needs of Nyumbani Kwetu, a family home to 13 children. Click here to learn more about Nyumbani Kwetu Home for Children.
Heri Ministries Sewing Project, Malindi, Kenya
Elimu supports young women from the local community by finding sponsors for them to provide school and boarding fees to attend Heri Ministries Sewing College and develop the skills needed to become independent and productive members of their local community. Click here to learn more about Heri Ministries Sewing Project.
Upendo Nursery School, Sabaki Village, Kenya
Elimu is fund-raising to assist the Sabaki Village community to build a nursery school to educate their youngest members. Without it, children would have to walk an hour to one of the two government primary schools. Click here to learn more about Upendo Nursery School.
New this year: “Stay in School” Education Sponsorship Project
Our “Stay in School” project identifies children at-risk of dropping out of school to due poverty, illness or crises and provides what they need to keep them in school. Elimu is piloting this project this year. Stay tuned for more details on this website.
Elimu Partners : We Can't Do This Alone
Elimu is so grateful for the generous support of many individuals and organizations that help to make our project work a success. We are pleased to be working with two dynamic child care providers in the Ottawa area to help make Upendo Nursery School a reality. We also welcome our partners at Goodfellow Cleaners in Ottawa. Click on the links below to learn more about our partners' services.