Flying Kites is a fantastic non-profit making incredible strides on the ground in Kenya. Their strong commitment to the community where they work has allowed them to make a real impact in development and education. Their volunteer program allows those who travel to Kenya to experience the challenges facing Kenyans while also making an individual impact on the children they serve.
Flying Kites is a fantastic organization doing amazing work on the ground in Kenya. Their volunteer program is top-notch. They have created a strong relationship with the people in the rural Kenyan village where they work. This has created an amazing opportunity for volunteers to truly engage with the community where they work. An amazing organization dedicated to bettering the lives of disadvantaged Kenyan youth through education and opportunity.
I've been involved with Flying Kites for a little under a year now and it's been nothing short of an incredible experience. I currently sponsor a child (Miriam!) and volunteer on their committee that organizes and puts on various fundraisers. I was lucky enough to partner with Eliza Shirazi (from Kick it By Eliza) to host a "Kick-A-Thon" for Flying Kites back in June. It was an AMAZING event and the support from the Flying Kites staff in Boston and Kenya was tremendous. No matter what level you're participating on, the staff makes you feel involved and that you have a voice in the nonprofit. Nothing is too small and everything is appreciated! The Flying Kites team has big dreams and I cannot wait to see where they go next (and hopefully be a apart of the ride!).
Flying Kites is in the unique position to be the perfect size for volunteering and working. They are big enough to be making a tangible and incredible impact in Kenya, but small enough to have you feel a part of the family making it happen.
At Flying Kites I was allowed to grow creatively and professionally, be a team player, and collaborate with the worlds leaders on education and poverty reform. But that doesn't encompass the amount of love that goes into everything they do. The love for their staff, the children the serve, and the work they are doing. That's what makes working for FK so rewarding and vibrant.
I don't know if it's possible to find a non profit with so much heart, doing so much good, that is as kind and loving to their employees as they are to the world their making better every day.
Work for Flying Kites for 3 major reasons;
1. The people are incredible.
2. The work is challenging, engaging and rewarding.
3. You will be changed as a person and change the world in return.
My husband and I have sponsored a child through Flying Kites for several years and have thoroughly enjoyed watching both him and the organization grow. We had the opportunity to visit the children's home in Kenya this July and also climb Mt. Kilimanjaro as a way to raise additional funds. Every person we worked with was absolutely wonderful! Flying Kites is an exceptional organization and I encourage just about everyone I meet to learn more about them.
Flying Kites is one of the most inspiring, beautiful, unique and extraordinary organizations I've ever come across. I was fortunate enough to spend ~3.5 months in Kenya with the kids, the moms, the staff and it was the best experience of my life. They have found a way to raise the most intelligent, joyful, hilarious and loving kids, to build them a safe home and a great school, to support and encourage them, and to give them a family unlike any other. Flying Kites gives children who have lost so much the opportunity to learn, to overcome and to thrive despite any and all obstacles they've faced. I would encourage anyone and everyone to support and to experience Flying Kites firsthand - it'll change your whole life!
I was scared to take off from Toronto for a month to volunteer in Kenya at Flying Kites. Even though I am fifty years old, have raised three kids, and volunteered for years in my own community, setting off into the unknown to an unknown charity was daunting. I heard about Flying Kites at a conference and was inspired by their mission. I decided that I had to see for myself if a small grassroots charity could really make dreams come true for neglected, abandoned and abused children.
I had no idea what to expect and I was travelling alone.
GO! You must go and volunteer at Flying Kites. GO!
Those kids are nurtured, educated, supported, clothed, well fed, motivated and healed. There is a commitment to sustainable living - a huge garden, a green house, a couple of cows, rabbits and sheep. There is a commitment to good health - clean bedding, nutritious food, workshops on mental health and self esteem and living with HIV. There is a commitment to healing - trauma training for the staff, daily meetings to connect on the days events, a staff social worker. And there is a commitment to education - a big beautiful school built a few kilometres away which consistently ranks high by national standards.
As for me, I was so well taken care of. Thirty kids hugged me daily. The Country Director and Program Director became like sisters (even though I could have been their mom!). The staff educated me and included me. As it turns out, I was the one who was given so much by Flying Kites and it was my dream that came true.
My husband, children (ages 12 and 13) and I came to know Flying Kites when we visited their home in Njabini in October 2014. Since that time we have spent Christmas with them, donated goods and funds in support of their programs, and have never passed up an opportunity to visit the kids when we are in Kenya (about 4 times per year). My daughter recently spent 3 weeks volunteering at their home and school, experiencing for herself the incredible impact of the Flying Kites philosophy on the children and their larger community. From a focused commitment to world-class education (their school is consistently top-rated in the region) to an innovative and progressive approach to the most challenging issues (including HIV), it is easy to see with absolute certainty the value gained from each donated penny and each donated hour of volunteerism. I have raised much-needed funds through my personal network in support of Flying Kites and have received uniformly positive feedback from friends and colleagues who are (even if just through me) able to see the world through the lens of the kids who benefit from their hard-earned donations. Each child not only has a name, a face, and a story... but genuine from-the-heart hopes and dreams for the future. Not surprisingly, their aspirations mirror the wishes and goals of my own children, yet the circumstances of the "where you are born lottery" present them with a more daunting challenge. At Flying Kites, each child is loved, nourished, seen (in every sense of the word), and supported. Join the Flying Kites tribe and see for yourself. Believe in the dreams of these kids - their dreams will become your own. I promise.
I was first introduced to Flying Kites in 2007 when they were just beginning to establish meaningful opportunities for children born into extreme poverty. Last month, when I returned to Kenya to visit the children served by Flying Kites, I was deeply impressed and inspired by the progress that had been made throughout eight years of expansion and commitment to their mission. Orphaned, abused and once-homeless children receive exemplary care in an environment that fosters knowledge, creativity and leadership skills. As I watched the children at Flying Kites play in their tree house, swim in the river by their home and share nourishing meals grown on their farm, it was easy to forget the sad and dangerous circumstances that had brought them there. I look forward to following Flying Kites as they grow and will support their work as they continue to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
I went again this past month and was greeted with such warmth and love not only from the children who remembered me, but from the entire community! I am the one who is blessed to be a part of this terrific caring organization. I was able to sit in on the classes for the 7th and 8th grade students on a Saturday! This organization captured my heart many years ago and still has a hold on it! Thank you, thank you, thank you