EFAC provides both education and mentoring opportunities for some of Kenya's brightest and most deserving youth. Not only does this generate scholars who are prepared for careers in their country, but can establish lasting connections between the students and their sponsors. When one becomes a sponsor, they are given the opportunity to communicate through letter writing with their student. This provides a link for both student in sponsor that can last forever. A sponsor can get a true understanding of their effect on the scholar's road to education, and feel great pride in helping them achieve it
Perhaps one of the organization's greatest strengths, however, are the EFAC Kenyan Volunteers who ensure that the students have appropriate support and guidance through their educational pursuits. This is a critical and time consuming activity that is The primary reason that EFAC scholars perform so well in comparison to many of their peers.
When we visited Kenya in 2013, we learned just how well organized and thorough this support was, primarily coordinated by the dedicated folks at African Nazarine University. Without that critical component, this would simply be another scholarship fund. EFAC is so much more.
Participating as a sponsor and mentor for an EFAC student has been one of my most rewarding nonprofit experiences to date. This organization is doing an extraordinary job of educating and supporting young people in Kenya in order that they may achieve personal and professional success despite the challenging circumstances in which they live. By providing scholarships and supplemental support systems like a comprehensive mentoring program and developmental workshops, EFAC is seeing dramatic results for its students, and in turn, for their families and their communities. While EFAC may be a small organization by NGO standards, it is poised to contribute to systemic change in Kenya one student at a time. I am honored to be a participant in this program - I know that my time and money are going to an organization that is effective and highly professional, yet simultaneously provides an experience that is intimate and meaningful for the donor/volunteer. Five stars for EFAC!
Review from Guidestar
I am so happy to be a part of EFAC because the work they are doing in Kenya with bright, financially challenged students is first class. Not only do they give educational scholarships, they see these children all the way through high school, college and into the job market. They use mentoring workshops to enhance the educational program of each student, reinforcing the computer skills and the life skills they need to become the future leaders in their country. I have been several times to Kenya and have met students and the Kenyan Board. I have seen the schools first hand and talked with teachers and heads of schools. I am always impressed with with the quality of this program and the gratitude the students feel for their sponsors. I feel a huge strength of this program lies with the founders and the wonderful Kenyan board which makes sure all the money goes where directed, the students are vetted and the schools are providing students an appropriate education. I support EFAC because, in a global society, educating the poor in emerging nations is our best hope for a peaceful world.
Review from Guidestar