Education is the key to a better future..

However, millions of children around the world still do not go to school. Without an education, a child does not have the chance to master basic facts. To learn to read, write, do math and to improve knowledge and understanding should be part of every child’s life. Only with an education children have a chance to a better future and escape the poverty they grow up in.

The classroom becomes home….. To many children in the world,  the school is the place they receive their only warm meal, feel safe, warm and secure.  This is particularly true for those living in poverty.  The harsh conditions in which they live makes daily survival a difficult task.  Without the respite the school provides survival is sometimes impossible.  Simply,  to many needy children, the school and “their classroom”  also becomes “their home.”

In many cases however, the school building itself is over-crowded, in ill-repair or the building unsafe.  And in many of the developing countries funds are not available to pay for the repairs or build new schools—especially in rural areas.

In addition to the school curriculum, ChildsLife works with girls, boys, parents and schools to prevent FGM practices. 

What ChildsLife does

  • Education
  • School (re)constructions
  • Books and school materials
  • Scholarships for girls
  • FGM prevention program


Poverty still is the biggest barrier in access to education. To learn to read, write, do math and to improve knowledge and understanding should be part of every child’s life. Education is the key to a better future.
In Kenya, ChildsLife offers education to children and adolescents; from kindergarten, to secondary school or a vocational training institute. ChildsLife also runs afterschool education centers in Eastern Europe.

School construction

ChildsLife strives to offer education to children between three and eighteen years old, from kindergarten, through primary school to a secondary school or vocational training institute. ChildsLife builds schools, provides teaching aids, school materials, books and school furniture. Furthermore, teachers are paid and receive training.

Over the past two decades ChildsLife has developed an extensive school construction and renovation program. Over 40 schools, and thousands of children, have benefitted from the program. ChildsLife provides for young children up to young adults and builds kindergartens, through primary and secondary schools to vocational training centers.  

Books and school materials

Learning to read and write, math, acquire the necessary basic skills and knowledge should be part of everyone’s life. By having children go to school they have a real chance at a better future. This way they can break the circle of poverty. Good text books and teaching materials are important for providing good education.

Scholarships for girls

For girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, a chance at a good future, without poverty, is very limited. The ChildsLife Vocational Centre runs a scholarship program for these girls. The centre offers a range of courses such as hairdressing, tailoring, electrical installation and computer courses, etc. All designed to provide the student with the opportunity to either finding a job or setting up their own business. A scholarship covers for registration fees, all learning materials, a school uniform and the National Kenya Exam.

Women & girls

The facts:

  • 100 million young women are illiterate
  • 61 million girls do not attend school
  • Boys are 1.5 times more likely to go onto further education.

Recognizing inequality between boys and girls, ChildsLife focuses on improving education for women and girls. Within the “Learn” theme ChildsLife supports women & girls with the following:

Sample projects

ChildsLife AnneNoor Education Centres

Romania lacks afterschool facilities for young children, although children only attend school for a few hours a day. That is why in 2008 ChildsLife opened its first AnneNoor Education Center. Now ChildsLife operates 7 centers for children aged 4 – 10, in rural and city locations. Read more►

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ChildsLife Vocational Center

ChildsLife Vocational Centre is located in the middle of Kibera Slum and was established to provide job skills and training to young adults living in the slum. The ChildsLife Vocational Centre was built and is managed by ChildsLife and has been operating successfully since 2011.
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Education Projects in Makueni
Makueni is a remote, dry and barren region east of Nairobi. ChildsLife has been active in this region for many years with education and water programs. Makueni suffers with widespread poverty and illiteracy as many of its inhabitants never attended school. Parents know that it is important for their children to have an education to be able to provide them with means to escape this poverty.
Currently ChildsLife works with primary schools of three communities in Makueni who benefit from the water and school renovation program. The schools are fitted with rainwater harvesting systems and water tanks and classroom renovations take place.

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