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Monday, June 1

Kirimara and Chania Prize Day 2015

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On February 21, 2015, EACEF's Kenya Steering Committee hosted a Prize Giving Day for the students of Kirimara Primary School and Chania Primary School to reward the schools' students for their record KCPE testing performance. In addition to Kirimara and Chania students, teachers and parents, the event was attended by the Kenya Steering Committee, the local Member of Parliament and education officials. The top performing students in each class were awarded gift vouchers for supermarkets (class 8 graduates) and bookshops (other students). The MP also gifted the schools with textbooks for the libraries. The MP and other guests were guided through a tour of EACEF-funded facilities at both schools along with a detailed explanation of the organisation and its goals. Additionally, Nemmy Ngigi, Chairman of EACEF's Kenya Steering Committee, gave a speech to the general public explaining EACEF, its goals and objectives. Clic k here for photos from the event! 

EACEF Kenya Steering Committee 

Nemm y Ngigi, Chairman 

Ngengi Kamau, Projects and Programs Coordinator 

Mathan gani Kariuku, Treasurer 

Karima Chiuri, Secretary 

Sylvie Karuga

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Sunday, November 9

Brian A. Riemer Joins EACEF Board

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EACEF announced today that Brian A. Riemer has joined its Board of Directors. Brian is an Associate at Audax Mezzanine, a leading capital source for middle market companies. He also is a partner at Riemer Brothers LLC, a South Florida based real estate company. Previously, Brian worked as an Investment Banking Analyst with Peter J. Solomon Company in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring Groups. He received an A.B. with honors in Economics from Harvard University.

Andrew G. Sugrue
Chairman of the Board

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Thursday, August 14

Nemmy Ngigi Joins EACEF Board

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EACEF announced today that Nemmy Ngigi has joined its Board of Directors. Nemmy is a recent graduate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa where he received a Bachelors of Law in 2014. In January of 2015, he will join the Kenya School of Law for his post graduate diploma in law, after which he will become an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is currently working at the Kilimani Project Foundation, a community development non-governmental organization established to improve the social-economic welfare of those that live and work in the suburb of Kilimani in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an active volunteer with a number of organizations across Nairobi and Central Province, Kenya. He has traveled to the United States and the Middle East, and extensively in Africa.  

Andrew G. Sugrue
Chairman of the Board

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Monday, June 2

Patrick J. Furlong Joins EACEF Board

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EACEF announced today that Patrick J. Furlong has joined its Board of Directors. Patrick is an Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Peter J. Solomon Company, a leading boutique investment bank in New York City. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Huntsman Program, a select dual-degree program in international studies and business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote an honors thesis on neoliberal economic development. He holds a B.A. degree in International Studies from the School of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business. Patrick has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

Andrew G. Sugrue
Chairman of the Board

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Monday, May 12

EACEF Releases 2014 Fact Sheet

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EACEF today released its 2014 Fact Sheet. The document outlines EACEF's successes to date and plans for this year. Click here to see all of EACEF's historical publications.

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Thursday, May 8

Completion of Shalom Junior School Block 4

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Today EACEF completed Block 4 of Shalom Junior School outside Fort Portal, Uganda. The new block will house additional classroom space as well as a library and art room for Shalom's 200+ students. Since 2008, EACEF and its partners have built 11 classrooms, staff offices and other school facilities at Shalom Junior School. EACEF is currently in the process of bringing electricity to the school as well as installing a playground, soccer field, basketball court and volleyball court. EACEF is fundraising for the construction of a kitchen / mess hall and boys' and girls' dormitories to house an additional 160 students. Click here to learn more about the Shalom Project. To learn about how you can help, click here

Belo w are a few photos of the classrooms under construction. 

Andr ew G. Sugrue
Chairman of the Board

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Monday, March 3

Stewart L. Long Joins EACEF Board

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We are excited to announce that Stewart L. Long has joined the Board of Directors of EACEF. Stewart is an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in the Consumer / Retail group. Stewart brings a range of non-profit experience to EACEF. She previously led or co-founded organizations focused on issues ranging from promoting youth social engagement to empowering minority entrepreneurs. 


Andrew G. Sugrue
Chairman of the Board

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Sunday, December 15

Joshua Ford: "EACEF 2.0" Report

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Dear Friends of EACEF,

A few months ago, Andrew Sugrue asked me to join the EACEF Board of Directors to help spearhead “EACEF 2.0”. Excited about the cause and the importance of EACEF’s work, I accepted. However, I knew that if I really expected to be of any assistance, I had to travel to East Africa and observe the situation on the ground before I could effectively provide advice. 

Thi s past August, I spent two and a half weeks in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya visiting all four schools that EACEF has supported, talking with former and current EACEF partners and exploring new partnerships. A management consultant by trade, I used a case-based approach to interview headmasters, students, teachers, parents, community members and other non-profits working in the region. We spoke in depth about what we were doing right and what we needed to improve upon going forward. 

Wh at really struck me during my trip was the innovative model that EACEF employs and executes. Instead of directing projects and resources from afar, or even setting up local offices to that end, EACEF is completely run on the notion that local people know best. EACEF as an organization strives to find trustworthy, innovative, well-respected and forward-looking individuals or organizations that can most effectively use EACEF’s funds to impact the most children in the most positive way. After identifying these special individuals and groups, the organization works to create long-term relationships based on mutual trust and cooperation. From my experience, this approach is more effective in creating sustained change and allows for low administrative costs. Due to a donor’s pledge to cover all overhead expenses, 100% of funds raised by EACEF go directly into projects in East Africa. That in itself allows for an unparalleled return on investment. And that is what makes me so excited for what is coming next. 

Movin g forward, EACEF will focus on the build-out of the Shalom Junior School in Fort Portal, Uganda under the direction of Stanley Musoni. Stanley has known Andrew and EACEF for close to seven years. Each time I speak with Stanley, I am left feeling more inspired and more passionate about the work we have done there and the work we will do there in the future. We have literally built a school from the ground up. But we have barely scratched the surface. Stanley understands that what we are doing is not just building schools. We are not just taking stabs at long-term, systemic poverty. What EACEF is doing is completely changing and revolutionizing the cycle of how life works in East Africa. We aren’t only trying to get kids through primary school. We are teaching them how to work. We are teaching their parents to read. We are teaching them sound economic and personal financial principles. We are teaching them how to be healthy. We are attacking poverty at its deepest roots and in Stanley we have a partner who is not only passionate and intelligent, but hardworking and loyal to the cause. 

I 217;ve been on the ground, toured the school, had many strategic meetings with Stanley and also with the Board of EACEF and I can tell you, we are entering a new and exciting phase. What EACEF has done in the past is really tremendous and a testament to all those who have helped in one way or another, but where EACEF is headed is an entirely new level of impact. I am humbled and honored to be a small part of this movement and I sincerely hope you’ll join me. Thank you for believing in EACEF, our local partners, and the power of education. 

Sincerely, 

Joshua Ford 

Member, Board of Directors

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Monday, July 8

Joshua M. Ford Joins EACEF Board

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EACEF announced today that Joshua M. Ford has joined its Board of Directors. Joshua is a management consultant at IBM. Joshua brings to EACEF significant experience in non-profit management and international development. He previously founded or led organizations dealing with youth social engagement and education in Ecuador. Joshua was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico City and a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Andrew G. Sugrue
Chairman of the Board

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Monday, May 30

Kimberly N. Hayez Joins EACEF Board

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We are pleased to announce that Kimberly N. Hayez has joined the Board of Directors of EACEF. Kimberly is a financial services professional whose experience includes emerging markets investing at Investcorp in Bahrain and mergers and acquisitions advisory at Deutsche Bank in New York. Kimberly brings to EACEF experience in non-profit management and expertise in public health. 

Andrew G. Sugrue
Chairman of the Board

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