To engage and support communities in East Africa in an effort to raise the standard of education for its children.
To encourage the spirit of philanthropic involvement among international youth by providing a replicable model of social engagement.
Empowered with both the resources and knowledge necessary, international youth will take responsibility for their world. From local issues like uplifting their own villages through the promise of educational opportunity to more global issues like advocating for youth social engagement, the new generation will implement creative solutions to real problems and help to solve the most pressing issues afflicting our society.
EACEF grew out of a realization on the part of our founder, Andrew Sugrue. In March of 2007, he traveled to Kenya on an endowed exchange program through The Westminster Schools of Atlanta. Traveling throughout the country, Sugrue visited schools where libraries consisted of a single shelf with four or five books under a leaky roof. In contrast, the children who called these makeshift quarters their schools often exhibited academic potential and, given the chance, would greatly benefit from a decent education. Sadly, the Kenyan education system allows only the top fifth of school-age children to advance to high school; only those who receive the highest marks on the English-language KCPE exam are admitted. Many children living in rural communities unfortunately do not have the materials necessary to learn English, leaving them incapable of passing an exam in a foreign language.
Inspired, Sugrue returned home with the dream of addressing these inadequacies. After identifying Kirimara Primary School as the first partner school, Sugrue worked with local parents, teachers and students as well as other NGOs to synthesize a plan to create holistic change in order to raise the standard of education. A group of like-minded students, emboldened by the possibility of effecting real change in the world, then came together to form EACEF in September of 2007. In just the first six months of its work with Kirimara Primary School, EACEF registered a seven percent increase in the students’ KCPE scores, one of the most dramatic yearly increases in all of Kenya. After successfully completing the outlined infrastructural improvements and school programming at Kirimara, EACEF realized the need to bring this model of change to schools throughout East Africa and developed the Nafasi Process to achieve this end.
Since its founding in September of 2007, EACEF has expanded to implement the Nafasi Process at four schools across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Similarly, the original staff of four has expanded to a national organization that supports working chapters at high schools and universities across the United States, teaching students lifelong work skills while empowering them to make measurable differences in the lives of others.