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, 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. 


Joshua Ford 

Member, Board of Directors

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Wednesday, February 9

Chania Project Update

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Below is a message from Headmistress Jane of Chania Primary School:


Re ceive greeting from Jane. I am fine and so are the teachers, parents and public of Chania Primary School.

The feeding programme is still going on and I personally express my regards towards the programme.

It has brought a lot of change to the pupils and the community at large.

The pupils are now healthy, neat and they can afford a smile – God bless you all. If it were not for your initiative, the school would be having pupils who are malnutrient.

Performance is improving and most of our pupils have been to Government Aided schools.

My new year’s resolution is to make Chania a better learning institution and have higher grades


Otherwi se, there is this bright idea you had of digging a bore-hole in order to facilitate the production of food by the parents. I talked with the farm manager of the shamba neighboring the school and he told me that  the Directors of the farm did not have any objection. They sent word that they have given you the go ahead since your intention of helping the needy was God sent.

On the issue of scholarship to secondary school; our performer managed to be called in very good secondary school. The parents are needy and the boy may require assistance.

I am very grateful, am happy that you are willing to work with the less fortunate ones of the doing good. God will also shower you with lots of blessings.

I cant also forget the EACEF organization members. Pass my regards to them all.

They are doing a wonderful job of thinking on ways of promoting education- tell them that chania is shining.

Below please find the performance list.  There was an improvement and my hope is that the improvement will continue. Thanks to you all.

I am looking forward to hearing from you as well as you all paying us a visit.

Success in your studies and all that you are doing and all that you are planning to do.



K. C.P.E RESULTS     ;  2009                                         2010                       

Engli sh    &nbs p;    &nbs p;   -           53.57                                             60.0

Kiswahili                         55.30    & nbsp;    & nbsp;                                 54.55

Mathematics & nbsp;                47.74                                             43.70

Science                           49.96    & nbsp;    & nbsp;                                 48.70

Social studies/ CRE     47.91                                        52.10                          

TOTAL                 & nbsp;       254.48                                          259.10

The school has been improving since the feeding programme was started. I teach English and it was the best performed subject.



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Friday, December 10

EACEF publications go digital!

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Friday, December 10

Check out the new Winter 2010 Brochure

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Thursday, March 25

GenerAction Week Announced in the Daily Tar Heel

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GenerAction Week 2010 in Chapel Hill was announced this morning in the Daily Tar Heel.

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Movement Overview:

Operating under the nonprofit umbrella of EACEF, the East African Children’s Education
Fund, GenerAction will create a movement of youth dedicated to creating measurable
change in their communities and world. The first major program will be GenerAction
Week, an interactive and engaging week of service and concert that will introduce
thousands of students to social action.

UNC GenerAction:

GenerAction was founded at UNC in the fall of 2009. Over the past year, the organization
has worked to produce UNC GenerAction Service Week 2010 by partnering with over 25
UNC student organizations to provide opportunities for students to serve. The week will
culminate in the UNC GenerAction Concert on April 11, 2010, featuring Sean Kingston, to
which students participating in service have the opportunity to buy a ticket for half-price. 



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Wednesday, February 17

Board Member Kevin Salwen Releases New Book

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"The Power Of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back"

EACEF Board Member Kevin Salwen, along with his daughter Hannah, recently released "The Power Of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back". The book chronicles the Salwen's incredible journey as they decide to sell their house and donate half the proceeds to Hunger Relief.

Below is a feature on the Salwen's new book from ABC News:


The entire EACEF team congratulates Kevin and the Salwen family on this remarkable acheivement.

To learn more, visit http://www.thepowe

To purchase a copy, visit http://www.a ecision-Taking/dp/0547248067


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Thursday, November 19

Andrew Sugrue Profiled in College Magazine: "Three Students Changing the World"

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Andrew Sugrue, President and Founder of EACEF, was recently featured in College Magazine in their "Three Students Changing the World" article.

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Thursday, November 19

EACEF Co-Founder English Cook Featured in Williams Record Article

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English Cook, EACEF co-founder and Vice President for Communications, was recently profiled in an edition of the Williams Record along with other young social entrepreneurs.

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