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How is everything born? 24 children, 24 friends

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During a trip to Kenya in the summer of 2013 we visited the Watamu area (a lovely location where you can find sea stars, exotic fish, palm trees, turquoise water and fine white sand) and what shocked us most is the significant number of kids wandering the beach begging for money and playing with homemade footballs made from spare fabric pieces. They were dressed in clothes that tourists gave away at the end of their holidays. Very few of them had access to education and their future seemed to be very uncertain.

Locals typically work in the fishing industry or as tourist guides. Although, to tell the truth, the lack of money to invest in the tourist infrastructure force local people to arrange improvised tours across the natural beauty around.We became friends with one of the guys offering tours in the beach. His name is Abubakar, aka Amedeo. We had a good time having long conversations which allowed us to understand the crude reality for locals there. We understood that boys and girls around were really struggling to have a future and make a living. So we asked him a pretty simple question: “How can we really help these kids?” The answer was also straight and simple: “Education”.

And he was certainly right. Not having a good education equals to not having a prosper future. We recall an inspiring sentence: “A life is dignified when a person has the tools to change his future”. We saw it clearly and understood that it was in our hands to help and add our two cents worth!. Education may allow these kids to develop personally and to contribute to the welfare of their community. Only through education the destiny of a collective can be redirected and its successful development can be granted.

We concluded that by knowing these families and kids personally and by getting into their daily context we may have the right inspiration to help them and assuring that our contribution would target a very specific purpose. So we asked Amedeo to take us to his village along several days and to introduce us to some families that may need support for their son/daughter education. And so he did. Visiting one family after another a domino effect took place, since we understood we had the chance to help them and their kids.

When we visited their homes and experienced the reality they live in, we decided not to stop. Thus we wrote a list of every boy or girl that we were able to help. And we ended up with a list of 24 kids whose personal and family context impacted us the most.

And so the idea of launching the 24 Friends Project became a reality. Now it was our turn to convince 24 people back in our hometowns to help the 24 kids in the list, and consequently help creating a better life for their 24 families. At last we had conceived a clear, transparent and impacting project. Simple: no intermediaries and tangible results.

How did the project begin? 24 Children, 24 Friends

According to the 2011 World Education Compendium published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, in Africa, two out of three children are excluded from education or receive it intermittently or poorly.

Education is a fundamental human right, and it is inherent to all boys and girls. It is crucial to our development as individuals and society, and helps to lay the foundation for a fruitful and productive future. By ensuring that boys and girls have access to quality education, based on fundamental rights and gender equality, we are creating an expansive wave of opportunities that will affect future generations.

Education helps improve lives and eradicate the vicious cycle of poverty and disease, paving the way for sustainable development. Through quality basic education, boys and girls acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to adopt healthy lifestyles, protect themselves from HIV / AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and take an active role in decision-making. social, economic and political nature as they move from adolescence to adulthood.

Adults who have received training are more informed about best practices for parenting and are concerned about their children's education. Each of these children has a potential that they may never be able to develop or have access to an education that lays the foundations for development, transformation, innovation, opportunity and equality.

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Why help the children of Kenya?

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Our mission

To achieve long-lasting improvement in disadvantaged children’s quality of life, through facilitating and education that may provide them with hope, culture and values.

  The Project began by funding:

  • - Primary School tuition
  • - School uniform, sports equipment, and shoes
  • - School materials
  • - Daily transportation to school and back
  • - Meals

Where do the kids study?

Timboni Sawa Sawa School

Isabelle Lambert (of Belgian nationality and settled in Kenya for more than 30 years) and her husband Jelani (Kenyan) run the school with passion, dignity, and ethics, with highly motivated teachers and offering a solidity and transparency that we consider fundamental in all humanitarian project

In Kenya the academic year occupies a calendar year with a month-long vacation after each term:

January-March: 1st quarter (April: Holidays)

May-July: 2nd quarter (August: Holidays)

September-November: 3rd quarter (December: Holidays)

Primary school at the college starts from 2 years to approximately 14 years. There are 12 academic courses:

Day Care 1 y 2

Pre-Primary 1 y 2

Primary Standard Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 y 8

After level 8, the child has a high-quality educational level (the teaching hours are intense and the intensity, seriousness and commitment are very high).

Access to secondary school is preceded by a selective national exam which gives students an entrance mark. Based on this score, children can choose between higher quality secondary schools throughout the country and also qualify for government aid if the results are outstanding.

Secondary school is made up of 4 courses, and depending on performance, it gives access to the University, for which the most outstanding records also obtain government aid.

With the aim of continuing education, among our students, we help those who obtain an outstanding result in the secondary entrance exam, in consensus with their sponsors, and who manage to be selected by quality national schools.

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How can I join 24 Friends?

You just have to send us an email to jesuscubero@24friends.org and we will tell you all the details.

We offer you two options:

1) Sponsor a child (Primary School)

For those people who commit to helping the child year after year, as the year progresses.

As for the issue of costs, depending on the course in which the children participate, the prices vary each year, depending on the books and clothes (the children grow up). With the intention of simplifying and making an equitable distribution among all the participants in the project, we have considered it appropriate to calculate the costs annually and divide them among all. That said, the approximate cost is 300 Euros per year.

The money is entered directly into the school, without intermediaries (which avoids the problem of corruption, something very common unfortunately in Africa).

2) Make timely contributions to the 24 Friends Scholarship program (High School and University)

For those people / companies that want to collaborate in a timely manner. The money will go to the scholarship program for those children who will go on to secondary education at a school in Kenya, where they can sleep and eat.

VERY IMPORTANT! Your money goes directly to the children. The costs of travel to visit the Project, website, telephone, and other Marketing actions aimed at disseminating the Project are assumed by the co-founders with our own funds.

Our bank account

In order to reduce the different costs for the international transfer to Kenya that each person in the Project should face on a monthly basis, we have created an account at Banco Santander, which offers us very favorable conditions as it has humanitarian purposes.

The Banco Santander account is:
ES20 0049 1221 91 2110276306


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