The foundation of our organization is built upon partnerships—other private and public organizations that offer a unique expertise and can deliver exceptional service to the community. We take great care in researching and selecting our partners. We realize that, in order to be successful and operate a nonhierarchical organization like Kilifi Kids, we must trust our partners and rely on them to lead both small and major projects initiated by Kilifi Kids. They bring accountability and impact to our work.
Special consideration should be given to our principle sponsoring organization, Rotary International. Our first project in Kilifi (four computer labs) was born out of the work of two Rotary clubs, and we continue to rely on our friendships in the Rotary family to make what we dream for Kilifi possible. In addition, the Rotary Foundation and its affiliates have provided more than $200,000 in direct support of our work. Below Rotary and our other partners are briefly described.
Rotary: Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders which provides humanitarian service and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. About 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in over than 200 countries. Members of the Kilifi Rotary Club in Kenya, Vinings Rotary Club (Atlanta, GA), and Charlotte Dilworth South End Rotary Club (Charlotte, NC) have been leads in designing and funding projects. Other Rotary clubs and districts throughout Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin have also provided generous financial support.
Kilifi District Hospital: The District Hospital is the main medical facility in Kilifi and houses the KEMRI-Wellcome Research Programme, a leading research institute affiliated with the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool conducting clinical and epidemiological research. The District Hospital has been instrumental in our de-worming campaign and, most recently, designing and executing our mHealth pilot program.
Kilifi Ministry of Health: Kilifi Kids has worked closely with the Minister of Health and departmental staff to design and implement its health-related activities in the District. Guidance and direction from the Ministry was given to us for the de-worming campaign. In addition, the Ministry has been a strong advocate of our mobile health work and will play a vital role in its success.
KESHO: Started in 2004 by a small group of women volunteers in Kilifi, KESHO sponsors children from the Kilifi District to ensure the continuity of education for those who would otherwise not enroll in school or drop out due to lack of funds. KESHO relies completely on donations to sponsor students through school and gives 100% of what they receive to students.
Moving the Goalposts: Since 2001, MTG has empowered more than 3,000 girls through sports and education in Kilifi. Kilifi Kids gives preference to MTG students and works with the organization to ensure the girls we support get the most out of their schooling.
Capture Your Flag: Capture Your Flag is a New York City based Internet Media company that is defining a new leadership culture revolution using online video interviews to document and curate how next generation leaders develop fulfilling careers. CYF is Kilifi Kids’ principle media partner and aids in fund raising and publicity.
Digital Links International and Computers for Schools Kenya: Established in September 2002, Digital Links is a registered charity in the UK that has refurbished more than a million computers for reuse in schools and small enterprises across the developing world. Its affiliate, Computers for Schools Kenya, is dedicated to empowering young Kenyans with computer skills at literacy level placed 10,000 PCs in more than 370 institutions in Kenya, aiding over 250,000 students.
If you or your organization are interested in learning more about any component of our work or would like additional information, we encourage you to contact us.