About Us

Elimu...It means EDUCATION.

(In Swahili - one of the major languages of East Africa.)

Elimu is the official trade name of Elimu Development Projects, a registered Canadian charity assisting children through education. We are based in Ottawa, Canada and our Canadian operations are currently completely volunteer-run.  All those involved in management, administration and fundraising volunteer their time and expertise.

We are a board of directors of four Canadians and have an Advisory Board with members from Canada, USA, England and Kenya.  Click here to meet the board. To avoid overhead costs the “office” of Elimu is a virtual set up run from various home offices between Ottawa, Canada and Malindi, Kenya. For this reason there is only a P.O. Box address and email contacts for us. There is one volunteer administrator in Ottawa who handles most office issues.

Currently, all proceeds raised go direct to Elimu projects. Overhead costs and administrative fees in Canada and Kenya have been covered by our founder, Nina Chung since the beginning. These include printing, mailing, legal and accounting fees, etc. We have been undertaking projects in Kenya since 2006. We were officially registered as a not-for-profit organization in Canada in 2011 and as a Canadian charitable organization in 2012. We are officially registered in Kenya.

For details on our projects go to our home page or click here to read more


Meet the Elimu Board

Learn more about the Board of Directors of Elimu and the Advisory Board members. Read more.

Elimu Received Official Charitable Status

March, 2012 -- Elimu received official charitable status from the Canadian government. Tax receipts are given for valid donations of $20 or more. Tax receipts are valid for Canadian residents.


Elimu Officially Registered in Kenya

October, 2013 -- Elimu Received its official Certificate of Compliance from the Kenyan government's Registrar of Companies.