I've always wanted to be involved with a non-profit, but I never found one that spoke to me. Then I found The Kilgoris Project, and I can't think of a better organization to be involved with. The US team and the Kenyan teams are truly some of the most passionate people I've ever had the pleasure to work with. They are kind, knowledgeable, and giving individuals. I highly recommend The Kilgoris Project.
The Kilgoris Project (TKP) is an amazing non-profit organization that provides education, healthcare and opportunity to a small, rural area in southwestern Kenya. This endeavor began with a friendship between the founders and a member of the community meeting in Kenya. As the friendships have deepened and multiplied, so have the schools. This Massai community has a deep desire to educate their children, but the schools are often too far for children to travel. I began to be interested in TKP several years ago. In February, I had the opportunity to travel to Kilgoris and meet the people and see the schools. What an amazing experience! The people of Kilgoris are very dedicated to educating their children. I was able to visit an area that does not have a school building, but this doesn't stop them! As a community, they hire a teacher, build benches and hold school under the shade of trees. However, when it rains, school is canceled. TKP is working with this community to build a school for them. TKP has built several schools in this widespread, rural community. I enjoyed the contrast of seeing children learning under trees and in buildings. (See the photos below) But what was the same was the eagerness of the children to learn! TKP has also provided clean drinking water, lunch and healthcare to enhance the lives of these children. Jobs are also provided to Kenyans, by building the schools, maintaining the schools, teachers, cooks, a physician, and more. It's about education, but so much more. The richness of the friendships, the dedication of the TKP staff, and the smiles of the children was proof that TKP is providing a lasting, sustainable improvement in the lives of the Massai in the Kilgoris area. I count myself fortunate to be witness to love in action and am excited to continue to support TKP!
I have visited Kilgoris, Kenya with The Kilgoris Project, and I have seen firsthand the impact on the community. TKP partners with folks in Kilgoris, bringing ideas, funding, and support, while the community makes the decisions of what works best for them. There are efforts to make the venture sustainable, so that, in time, the community will take over for itself. The Kilgoris Project impacts the community in 3 ways: education, health, and opportunity. Preschools and primary schools have been built, with a view to retaining good teachers through paying on time and benefits. Clean water is stored at the facilities for drinking and handwashing, and two meals a day are served there. Wells are also part of the vision each time a school is built, as well as buildings, to supplement the rainwater stored there. Children and parents are taught good hygiene like handwashing, boiling water for cooking, and tooth brushing, just to name a few. In addition, the children are measured for malnourishment (none in the year of 2015!), given eye exams, and get vitamins and vaccines. Through partnerships with other organizations, the adults are educated on ways to further their opportunities. Women's co-ops have been just one way in which this takes place. Basket weaving, jewelry making, and selling extra food grown helps ensure that these parents can keep their children in school. The opportunity I had to meet the people of this Kenyan village through TKP has opened my heart and my mind to my brothers and sisters across the world.
The Kilgoris Project (TKP) is an amazing group that works together to provide education, healthcare and opportunity to the children of Kilgoris, in western Kenya. In February, I was able to travel to Kilgoris with TKP. Here I saw how thoughtfully and effectively this dedicated group has worked along with the Kenyan teachers to provide schools. Specifically, I was able to visit a school that does not have a building, but the motivated parents have worked together and provided teachers and benches under trees for school. TKP is working together, with the community, to gather funds (donations) to construct the first buildings for a school. I was also fortunate to visit schools that have already been built, and have classrooms of students who are excelling in their new environment. TKP also provides daily food, clean drinking water and medical care from a physician. What a joy to see how proud the parents and students are about their school and community!
Educating, feeding and caring for over 1,000 preschoolers and elementary school children in a remote area in southwestern Kenya takes tremendous dedication and hard work. To do all of that that successfully in partnership with the community for over 13 years is amazing! The Kilgoris Project (TKP) makes a daily positive impact on the lives of so many young children. I am both a 10-year volunteer and donor to TKP and have had the privilege of visiting our schools and working with the Kenyan staff and children. Over the years, TKP has learned that education is necessary but not sufficient. Hungry and sick children can't learn, so TKP donors have made it possible to serve more children and to provide holistic education including providing meals, clean water and basic health care. Our students are learning and thriving. Parents are engaged in the school community. I feel proud and honored to be part of TKP. The most heartbreaking thing is that there are still so many children in the area who need an education. I will always support TKP and work for the children because I have seen up-close the progress and success.
The Kilgoris Project has been such a positive experience for me. I started out as a customer at one of their local benefits. Their vision and passion for serving children in rural Kenya was contagious so I jumped on board as a volunteer. Serving in this volunteer role reinforced the powerful work they were doing so much that I had to see it in person. Last year I traveled to Kilgoris and met the teachers, families, and students of the project. It was truly life changing. I have never once regretted getting involved with these amazing people.
The Kilgoris Project is one organization that I can say is truly building up the people they serve to carry on with true sustainability. Not only is TKP educating and caring for the thousand or so kids in their schools, but they are building up the whole family and really setting the family up for success. The local leaders in Kenya are the most amazing, dedicated, and selfless people that I have ever met. If you are looking for an organization with true heart, who evaluates everything against the goal of doing no harm in the process of serving, then you have found it here.