The book a child Campaign:
This program is an on-going campaign that solicits books and other learning materials donations from members of the public to aid in the promotion of literacy and a reading culture among children and youths living in rural and urban informal settlements of Kenya. We donate books to schools and do library startups in communities where none exist.
Our first Book_A_Child Library established at Mzizima Primary School in Kilifi County on
October, 2018 and the second Library was established in October, 2021 at Aguthi Secondary School in Nyeri County. In addition, we run “The LAF Back to School Drive” through which we provide exercise books, stationery and sanitary pads for girls to underprivileged children every new school term. This ensures that children from informal settlements and marginalized areas where we have partnered with schools do not miss out on being in school because of lack of the above mentioned amenities.
The ILead Program:
The broad goal of the ILead program is to promote a reading culture among children living in rural areas and urban informal settlements by sensitizing them on the importance of education in relation to poverty alleviation. This is a program targeting children aged between 6 years and 15 years who are in primary schools. It supplements academic learning by refocusing skills education for self-reliance and offers mentorship on life skills, education, talent & leadership.
The Somo2Kazi Program:
Somo2Kazi Program is Swahili meaning transitioning from education to employment. Through the program, we connect high school students to role models and mentors who help them align their talents, skills, strengths and passions to their future careers. These role models are people drawn from the business sector, civil societies, academia and government with an aim of equipping high school students with entrepreneurial skills, life skills, work skills, money skills and other skills that they require to build self-reliant futures and be economically empowered post education.
In 2020, we developed the Somo2Kazi mobile application which is a digital careers library that is helping us to keep learners engaged; where they can explore careers, learn from Wikipedia, and get connected to role models and mentors for virtual mentorship. This evolution of the Somo2Kazi Program from a mobile platform flexible to move from one school to another into a digital platform was necessitated by COVID-19 pandemic which had our mentees cut-off from one-on-one mentorship due to schools closure in Kenya in The mobile application is available for download from google play store under the name Somo2Kazi. Career information is also available to scholars upon signing up on our Somo2Kazi portal on this website.
Our programs revolve around four main pillars;
- Education to the vulnerable and marginalized groups.
- Basic Literacy & Numeracy
- Advancing access to books & other learning materials
- Advocacy on community based issues.
- Reproductive health & Menstrual Hygiene
- Women & Girls empowerment
- Peace & Cohesion
- Leadership & Governance
- Economic Empowerment through capacity building and opportunity creation.
- Financial literacy & Business Skills Training
- Agribusiness training