RKF's main aim is to improve the standard and quality of education available to young students, and also address the issues affecting them from accessing this basic right. We do this by working with schools in the slums and rural areas where we implement several programs like feeding programs, literacy programs, sanitary pad programs among others that provide a holistic solution to address these issues. Donations go towards setting up these programs for schools throughout 2018.
According to UNESCO, Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest literacy rates in the world at 75% for youth. In Kisumu, this is even lower at 66% despite Free Primary Education in the country. This is largely due to the challenges faced by the disadvantaged communities living in the slums and rural areas: absenteeism due to inability of schools/parents to provide food; repeated illness as a result of poor hygiene and sanitation; no access to books, learning material; limited access to sanitary pads.
We co-create community-driven solutions to ensure the children living in the slums and rural areas of Kisumu have access to learning material, daily meals, conducive learning environments, water and sanitation to receive high quality education that will allow them to reach their fullest potential. We empower local communities to own and run these programs with a view to create long-term sustainable solutions.
We firmly believe a structured, multi-pronged approach that combines both philanthropic and entrepreneurial solutions like our programs will have a longer-term effect that will uplift entire communities from abject poverty. The project will reach over 5,000 children in various localities within Kisumu County. The project aims to serve 1,000,000 meals, set up at least 15 community libraries with over 100,000 books and run a host of workshops to provide a well-rounded solution for the children.