Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the boundless energy of our volunteers, Kilifi Kids has experienced remarkable success in our short history. We have touched the lives of over 30,000 people in the Kilifi District. Our work spans many areas including health, education and technology.
Healthy Students for Only 29¢ Per Child: Students cannot learn when they are sick and underfed. However, there are very safe, inexpensive, and easy-to-administer treatments for some of the main causes of illness in the region, including de-worming pills that combat parasites affecting most of the school-aged population. Studies from Harvard University show that yearly de-worming treatment results in 1.5 months of increased school attendance per child per year, while medication costs are $0.29 per child per year. We are in the 3rd year of annually treating approximately 27,000 primary students for two types of parasites: hookworm and schistosomiasis. [Learn More]
Realizing the Dream of Education: Only 10% of students go beyond an 8th grade education in Kilifi. While primary education is free, secondary education is not. This program provides scholarships to cover all costs for the full course of high school (four years), including tuition, uniforms, and books. Through a partnership with a local nonprofit, KESHO, we have already sponsored two groups of students (12-14 per class), who are the most gifted in their schools but unable to afford the high costs of school ($250 per year). Read how their lives have changed because of these scholarships. [Learn More]
Bridging the Digital Divide: Having a community fluent in technology will set Kilifi apart and strengthen their economy. Kilifi Kids provided three schools and the Kilifi District Library with computer labs in 2007. Along with the equipment, we have worked with Computers for Schools Kenya to educate teachers on how to incorporate computers into the curriculum to improve student education. About 4,000 people now have access to a computer and 1,000 will graduate high school being computer literate. [Learn More]