The seeds for Elimu were planted in 2005 when, during a volunteer posting in Kenya, our founder first began helping keep kids in school and sponsoring vulnerable girls to a sewing college. The volunteer posting ended in 2006, and making brighter futures for youth through education became her full-time passion.
Elimu means EDUCATION in Swahili. By 2014, we were a registered Canadian charity with four educational projects, a board of directors in Canada and a small Kenyan team in Malindi, Kenya. Our home for children and our “stay in school” project make sure that children at-risk of dropping out get what they need to complete their primary and secondary education. Our sewing project helps girls from rural communities avoid early forced marriages and achieve independence by starting their own sewing business. In 2016, we opened a digital education resource centre which puts textbooks into hands that have never held them. This year, 2018, we moved our resource centre from the original one-room facility to a four-storey building which holds over 250 students at a time and provides separate study spaces for primary and secondary students. The new Centre greatly increases our impact in the community. It also opens a realm of possibilities to achieve our dream of assisting youth after high school with formation in entrepreneurship and employability skills.
Our Team. The Elimu team is a group of professionals from a variety of cultural and spiritual backgrounds united by an authentic passion for improving lives by facilitating self-directed learning, especially for those from vulnerable situations. Each of those serving children in Kenya does so from a living Christian faith and we readily serve all faith backgrounds without reserve. All of us involved began as volunteers. Currently all management in Canada is still handled by professionals who volunteer their time and expertise.
Elimu Mission. To provide Kenyan communities access to the education, skills and support they need to realize their full potential.
Elimu Vision. Kenyan children and their families are empowered with the confidence, skills and self-awareness to help break the cycle of poverty, instill independence, and build thriving, prosperous communities.