Mission: Kenya keys is a volunteer-run organization whose primary purpose is to provide educational opportunities to impoverished communities in the kinango district of kenya. Kenya keys believes that education is the light of the world and the major key to unlocking potential.
Programs: Student sponsorship program: as of december 2014 there were 201 actively sponsored sudents, 124 (71 male, 53 female) secondary school students and 77 (54 male, 23 female) poly tech/trade school, college, and university students. Total sponsors: 85 individuals, 67 families, 16 other groups (schools, rotary clubs, etc). Upon graduating from secondary school, all graduates participate in 6-9 months of volunteer work in various community institutions, i. E. Schools, libraries, health dispensaries.
in-country visits: an extremely successful team of 10 kenya keys participants went to kenya in june of 2014. Kenya keys took a team to kenya in june 2014. The team took 500 pounds of supplies to be distributed. The team took an anatomical model of a baby in utero that was used for teaching and demonstration. More than 300 students were taught. The model was left behind to be used as a teaching tool at the taru health clinic. The team also distributed a large number of teaching supplies, books and sanitary kits. The libraries that were evaluated and given books were: the taru community library. The primary schools of bahakwenu, magale, mwenbeni, fuleye, egu, nyari, taru and mtulu. Books were given to the taru community library and to the mckinnon rd. And taru secondary schools. 375 sanitary kits were distributed to the following schools: bura girls secondary, fuleye, mwembeni, egu, mackinnon rd. , matope. 143 of those kits were left with the save our sisters group to distribute along with education and advocacy training. Teaching aids were given to all schools in the area surrounding the town of taru. Ndohivyo special needs school: a new energy efficient stove was provided for the school. 33 of the 56 students attending the school were sponsored by kenya keys. The grounds keeper and matrons salaries were paid for by kenya keys as well. While in kenya, kenya keys hosted a special olympics event that brought members of the community together with parents to honor the students. It was well attended and highly successful. Leadership, training & support: 1)kenya keys is partnering with undugu mentorship initiative, a kenya based all-volunteer, non-profit organization. They are comprised of graduates of the high schools in the kenya keys service area who have gone on to college and university and are now returning on weekends and holidays to mentor students in high school and primary schools in studying and career guidance skills. 2)kenya keys created and is mentoring the save our sisters girls group of taru secondary school. The group visits the nine primary schools in the kenya keys service area, empowering the girls to meet the extreme challenges (staying in school, early marriages, rape, prostitution) they face. In conjunction with their presentations on feminine hygiene, they distribute sanitary kits provided by kenya keys. Presentations: over 20 public educational presentations were given to high schools, elementary and middle schools, church groups, and rotary clubs in utah, oregon and arizona to promote understanding of poverty issues and the value of education. General in-service area: funds are provided for general administrative expenses in supporting educational sponsorship and educational projects in the kenya keys service area.
global classroom: funds raised in u. S. Schools provided two new roofs for classrooms, the replacement of 10 classroom floors and a large latrine at magale primary school. Funds raised also provided primary and high schools with many teaching aids and school supplies. Global classroom program (in us program): in 2014, four u. S. Schools were connected to schools in kenya providing dynamic and interactive support for intercultural understanding, education, learning and support through presentations and assemblies, and fundraising for kenyan school classrooms, latrines, desks, books, etc.
education infrastructure program: provided 52 beds for a newly built dormitory. Built 2 primary school classrooms, added one primary school library, added 200 lbs of books to the taru secondary library. We delivered five laptops to vetted university students, provided primary and secondary school teaching aids and school supplies. Added solar lighting and feeding support program to fuleye primary school so students can study at night. Further developed plans for the future building of the kenya keys headquarters and a large new taru community library to be built on land kenya keys owns.