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Review for African Childrens Haven, Galveston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Collaborating with the African Children's Haven (ACH) has been, by far, the most rewarding partnership experience of the last dozen years for our Watu Kwa Watu Charitable Trust based in Nairobi in Kenya, ACH has been consistently a very committed, reliable, effective, and imaginative partner. The main area of our collaboration with the ACH is support to three community-based schools in the low-income areas in Nairobi: (1) Starkid School and Rescue Center, the school and orphanage in the Githogoro slum, (2) Overseers Education Center in the Kangemi slum, and (3) St. Judah Education Center in the Mathare Valley slum. ACH is providing funding, which makes possible the feeding programs for the children in those schools, as well as, in the current pandemics, also supplementary feeding for the families of the children and of the school staff. This is extremely important since the majority of the population of these slums is not employed in the formal sectors and their incomes have been drastically reduced. The staff of the schools has been also very much affected - The parents have no money to pay the fees and consequently the schools have no money to pay the teachers and staff. To remedy this dramatic situation the ACH is also providing modest, but extremely important budget supports for these schools, making it possible, that they pay the teachers and staff and buy minimal health insurance. ACH has also provided support for payment premises on which schools operate, and for purchasing some equipment and supplies. These innovative responses to the dramatic situation of the pandemics and a typical example of the ACH carrying and committed attitude. We are very glad to have the opportunity to collaborate with them, and are highly recommending them to be rated as a GREAT NON PROFIT.

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Review for African Childrens Haven, Galveston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As Watu Kwa Watu Charitable Trust we have been collaborating with the African Children’s Haven (ACH) since approximately 2014.
ACH is, beyond any doubt, the most reliable, most effective and most committed among all NGOs with which our Trust has worked since the initiation of our activities in 2010.
It is also worth noting that the ACH charges no administrative costs. In all instances of our collaboration such costs have been absorbed/covered by the ACH itself.
Our collaboration with ACH includes several projects. The main one is the support to Starkid School and Rescue Centre, the school and orphanage serving primarily Githogoro and Huruma slums in the northwest of Nairobi metropolitan area. ACH has been and continues to be the main sponsor of the feeding program for the orphanage, has funded the creation and operation of the computer training, supported teachers’ salaries and, most importantly, is currently leading the efforts to mobilize funding for Starkid’s relocation necessitated by the termination of the lease of the land on which it is located.
Other key, similar projects are the ACH support for the Overseers’s Education Centre School in Kangemi slum and to Judah Education Centre in Marthare slum.

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Review for African Childrens Haven, Galveston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have been collaborating through our Watu Kwa Watu Charitable Trust with African Children Haven (ACH) for several years in assisting four very poor schools (one with the orphanage) in Nairobi slums. Assistance included,among others, the support of feeding programs, improvement of equipment and facilities, support of salaries and basic benefits for teachers, and provision of textbooks and of learning supplies.
ACH has proven to be the most effective, responsive, caring and forward-looking of our partners. We also very much agree with their emphasis of focusing on the "enabling assistance" helping the beneficiary organizations to move towards maximum possible levels independent sustainability. We very much enjoy working with the ACH and look forward to further expanding of our collaboration in the coming years.
Dr. Tomasz Sudra, Chair, Watu Kwa Watu Charitable Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

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