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Serving Local Passion

“Why don’t we, for once, instead of arriving in the community to tell people what to do, why don’t we, for once, listen to them?” -Ernesto Sirolli

Action Two Africa is a partnership built on listening to local passion. Christina and I met Humphrey when we were living in Kenya, and after sitting with him in his home and hearing him talk about his passion to help the people of Kiambiu, Action Two Africa was born.

Christina and I are Americans. We have no idea what the issues are in Kenya that have left thousands of children homeless and out of school. We can’t offer solutions, because we don’t understand the problems. That is why our partnership is so important.

Humphrey is a local. He has grown up in this community, and has served the people here for decades. We need his invaluable perspective, because he is the only one who can offer it. He has the local passion, and so through Action Two Africa, Christina and I have dedicated ourselves to serving that passion.

We are available to offer ideas and feedback, but ultimately, the direction and execution of programs (such as our Child Sponsorship & Scholarship Program and our Microloan & Economic Empowerment Programs) are driven by the needs that Humphrey sees within the community, and the solutions that he knows will work based on the culture in Kiambiu.

As a supporter of Action Two Africa, you may hear from Christina and I more (we’re often the ones posting photos and writing updates), but it is the passion of a local social worker, on the ground in Kenya, who is taking those photos and giving us the information we need to write those updates.

What we ask of you, as supporters and sponsors, is not to ask Christina and I what the solutions are to the issues in Kenya, but to ask us about the passion of the locals, and find out how that passion is driving the empowerment and transformation that Action Two Africa offers in the lives of the Kenyan people.

Thank you for everything you do. This is a partnership built on listening, and our ears are wide open.

Every Girl Counts

According to the African Development Bank, more girls in Africa are in school today than ever before. In fact, the number of girls in East Africa that are attending school has almost doubled in the last 10 years. This is promising news, and reason to celebrate! However, the girls who are not currently in school, […] Continue reading →

Girl’s Power

Empowering girls matters. According to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), when girls are in school, they are “less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; less vulnerable to disease; more likely to have healthy babies; more likely to send their own children to school; […] Continue reading →

“Towards My Dream” A Reflection by Daniel

True transformation is a journey, and when followed closely, the changes that result can be powerful. One of Action Two Africa’s main focuses is transformation through education. Not only does education bring hope to communities, but it paves the way for empowerment as well. Meet Daniel. Daniel has been a part of Action Two Africa’s […] Continue reading →

Is Private Education Really Necessary?

Sometimes, when we tell people that a big part of Action Two Africa’s mission is to put children into private schools in Kenya, we worry that this concept might be misunderstood. In 2003, Kenya’s president made primary education (1st through 8th grade) free. This fact might lead one to ask, “Then why are donations and […] Continue reading →

2nd Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser

Summer is in full swing and, looking back, we are amazed that a year has already passed since our Open Challenge and the start of our partnership with GlobalGiving! During the Open Challenge, we were able to raise $8,130, enough to provide school sponsorships for 13 Kenyan children. We were so humbled and grateful for […] Continue reading →