With over ten years in Kenya, the Elimu team is making brighter futures through education.
Taking two young boys to kindergarten—that’s how it all started. Our founder initially covered project expenses from her personal finances. Ten years later, with five educational projects running, Nina Chung is still hands on in Kenya and continues to cover the charity’s administrative costs. Therefore all donor dollars go directly into projects.
Our founder, Nina Chung, arrived in Kenya in 2004 on a 2-year volunteer posting. She soon met a grandmother who had been left to care for several grandchildren. She was not coping and the kids were not in school. Nina first got involved by helping two boys with kindergarten fees. Later, as the grandmother was about to be thrown out of their rented home, Nina stepped in and sponsored the family as a whole. In 2008, she began managing the sponsorship of the children as a children’s home. They soon had 15 children needing care. Nina knew she could not sustain this personally over the long-term. That’s when she took steps towards establishing a charitable organization to ensure the sustainability of her projects. Elimu was established in 2011.