Poverty can cause children to miss out on an education
In Kenya, the State provides free education, but the children in the slums often cannot benefit from this. There are very few state schools in the slums, and the cost of a school uniform, school meals, and many other extras, create a barrier which is too high for the poorest people.
Helping children break the poverty cycle
Our mission is to provide a first-class education for the very deprived children in the Nairobi slums, covering all levels from primary school through college or university. Our aim is for these children to break the poverty cycle and become established and productive citizens.
We adopt a two-part approach
The first is to sponsor children in schools that provide the education and the pastoral care they need.
The second is to take on projects to create a better learning environment for our students and others in the community, e.g. building classrooms, setting up labs and libraries and providing computer equipment. We work closely with our own Kenyan staff and trusted Kenyan partners who help us get the best out of every investment to maximise the potential of each child.
Donors and sponsors make it possible
Needless to say, none of this would be possible without the generosity of our donors and sponsors. As we say in Kenya, asante sana! - thank you so much!
Jürgen first visited the projects in Kenya at Easter 2012 as part of a Youth service trip. Once there he threw himself into the visits and, with his outgoing and generous personality, soon made friends with Kenyan school students and adults alike.
Jürgen typically kept these people and their needs in his heart. He and his wife, Gay, have sponsored school children through Giraffe ever since.
In March 2017 Jürgen became a Trustee of The Giraffe Project children's charity with an emphasis on strategy and communicating the work we do. He revisited Kenya the same month and has been a constant and passionate advocate for the children we support. His insightful comments kept us on our toes as a Board and gave us significant food for thought! An invaluable and much appreciated colleague from March 2017 all the way to March 2023.
In recent years he organised the team for the Brussels 20km run (see below), which he ran several times. Although he was already ill, he was there again in May 2022 to welcome the runners and represent the charity he loved.
A Memorial Fund has been set up in his honour to support the charity that Jürgen held so dear, and share comments and remembrances of him.
A valued partner and friend, we will miss him greatly!