The Kilgoris Project started after my wife Caren and I heard about a school that met under a tree. While this might sound idyllic, no trees means no teaching materials, no school when it rains, short school days. Over the last 10 years we’ve built some great schools for Kilgoris kids. Not only do they now have walls and roofs, they also have medical care, clean water, Kindles, feeding programs, and truly dedicated teachers.
My trip to Kilgoris in February took me back to our early days. Matt Brandon and I visited two communities where class is still held outside. My first reaction was to feel sad. But as I looked deeper my feelings became ones of awe.
Here were communities who had nothing. No money. No infrastructure. No school. No future in the developed world. In spite of this they came together, collected what money they could to (occasionally) pay a teacher, and said “While we parents never had a chance at an education, we have decided our children will go to school”. Surely this is humanity at it’s absolute finest. I left humbled, inspired, and wanting to help.
These images were taken after spending a week at The Kilgoris Project in Western Kenya. This month, The Kilgoris Project is raising money to add electricity to one of it's schools.