Hai Africa is a non-governmental organization that impacts directly more than 80 families in the Kabiria community, in South Nairobi, Kenya. As we believe that real development is through education and by showing love through care we created a no-fee school for kids from 3 to 7 years old, supported a staff educated at the Waldorf Teacher Preparation Program - for whom we are also finically responsible, and opened a craft company so local "mamas" could have a new source of income.
Kenya is a country without free education system and harmed with high ratings of 30% school dropout (according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics). Another big issue lies on malnutrition. The last US Aid research reveals that 1.82 million children are suffering from chronic malnutrition, of a total of the 7 million Kenyan under-5 population.
Our main concern is to give the children we support free and humanized education based on Waldorf pedagogy. While the kids spend 7 hours in our school, they have the chance to experience an education that inspires love sharing and environmental connection. We also provides 3 healthy and balanced meals for the children and staff. We also work towards helping the kids that max out Hai Center age to get proper education at a local elementary school.
Hai has committed to each of our students to support them emotionally and financially until they complete at least high school. We also started a craft company that employees 15 local women, most of them related to our students. To fomment the local economy every product and service we use on our daily basis come from the community. Furthermore, Hai funds the higher education of our teachers so they can be able to teach and adapt Waldorf pedagogy to Kenyan reality.