EAST AFRICAN CHILDREN'S FUND

Food - Health - Opportunity

aka EAC Fund   |   St Clr Shores, MI   |  www.eacfund.org

Mission

East African Children's Fund strengthens school communities by mobilizing women and other local leaders to engage in agriculture that nourishes children's bodies and minds. To date, we’ve provided 2.5+M nutritious school meals to children and youth from rural communities in Kenya. 100% DIRECT GIVING: 100% of your donations strengthen school communities in rural Kenya to promote access to education.

Notes from the nonprofit

COVID-19 IMPACT: COVID has negatively impacted communities worldwide, and in particular, those that are most vulnerable. Women from our community gardens program report that either they have lost their jobs as daily 'casual' workers or that their meager daily wage has been cut in half. They report that it is increasingly difficult to provide for their families, including paying for school fees and food. Almost two thirds (64%) of the women participants are the sole wage earner for their family. Furthermore, some women report that due to the negative economic impact of COVID, now their children must also work as day laborers to help support the family.

Ruling year info

2015

President, Executive Director

Lisa Peracchio

Treasurer and Founding Director

Doris Mbabu

Main address

100 Maple Park Blvd Ste 130

St Clr Shores, MI 48081-2253 USA

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EIN

47-3912134

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagine choosing between sending your children to school or being able to feed them. This is a decision faced by most families within our partner communities in rural Kenya. Most families are subsistence farmers, relying upon rain fed agriculture for both food and income. Almost all women in our community gardens program report that they are unable to pay school fees when harvests are poor. Eighty percent of families in our partner communities report their children miss lunch due to a lack of food at home. School feeding programs increase school attendance and retention. Almost all women in our programs value school meals as important with 20% willing to have their children walk even further to attend a school with a meal program. About one-third of all school children in Africa are covered by school feeding programs. In East Africa, however, only 20% of schools provide meals. Of 36 African countries studied, Kenya ranks near the bottom for coverage of school feeding.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HOME GROWN SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE ACCESS TO EDUCATION

East African Children's Fund partners with school communities (children, youth, teachers, staff, parents and local leadership) in rural Kenya to:
1. Develop and support food security programs: horticulture (highly nutritious fruits and vegetables),
agriculture (small livestock and beekeeping) and aquaculture (fish farming)
2. Support school feeding programs by purchasing staple foods from local women farmers
3. Train school youth to grow their own food and to maintain fish ponds
4. Implement health interventions (deworming program)
5. Implement nutrition training

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Orphans
Women and girls
At-risk youth

Partnering with women’s communities, we provide seeds and skills to mobilize mothers to grow nutrient dense food for their families. Mothers sell their excess harvest to pay school fees for their children.
This program:
1. improves nutrition for rural households
2. generates income when excess harvests are sold
3. strengthens community ties

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Parents
Health

Where we work

Accreditations

Global Giving: Vetted Organization 2021

Awards

Top Ranked Organization 2021

Global Giving

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent decrease in school infirmary visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

HOME GROWN SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE ACCESS TO EDUCATION

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Proper and adequate nutrition impacts children's health. No COVID has been reported at this school. The local infirmary for this metric remains shuttered due to COVID so there is no 2020 data.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

School meal programs promote school attendance and retention; decrease school dropout rates; and improve children's focus and engagement in school. COVID led to school closures in 2020.

Number of community members trained in horticulture best practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Women and girls, Parents

Related Program

WOMEN'S COMMUNITY GARDENS FOR FOOD SECURITY AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Horticulture trainings improve food security and create revenue generating activity for economic empowerment for women in rural communities.

Number of school youth trained in agriculture best practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, People of African descent, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

School youth train in agriculture best practices, learning how to grow their own food and to maintain fishponds. These are marketable skills and improve future self-sufficiency.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe that schools in rural Kenya serve as efficient hubs to deliver more than academics. Rural schools benefit their respective communities: children, youth, parents, staff, local leadership, faith leaders, et al. as focused sites for nutrition and health interventions, too.

School meals promote access to education for those less likely to attend school: girls, young women and the most vulnerable. School and community garden programs boost the nutritional value of school meals, while teaching school youth important life skills in growing food for future self-sufficiency. Community members train in horticulture best practices to improve future harvests for feeding their families and for generating some revenue to pay school fees. When school meal inputs are sourced locally from women farmers then: a) local school communities are economically strengthened; b) women gain economically; and c) supply chains are shortened which is climate smart.

School feeding programs increase attendance and enrollment while reducing student dropout rates. Children are able to learn and perform better when they are no longer hungry. Our holistic programs improve the nutrition and health of our partner schools so that children are engaged learners with the capacity to thrive and reach their potential.

SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS:
We partner with local community leaders to support school feeding programs with grant funding to primary and secondary schools in rural Kenya. Staple foods are purchased from women farmers. Cooks from the school communities are hired to prepare the meals.

SCHOOL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS:
We follow a flexible model based upon the capacity of the school. The school communities determine a) what to plant and b) how the harvests will be used. Training in best practices is implemented by our staff and/or school staff. The school garden can also serve as a demonstration plot and/or community garden for the school community. If the school has capacity, we will support additional agriculture programs such as fish ponds, small livestock and beekeeping programs.

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY GARDENS:
Partnering with women’s communities, we provide seeds and skills to mobilize mothers to grow nutrient dense food for their families. Mothers sell their excess harvest to pay school fees for their children.

East African Children’s Fund has 2 staff members in Kenya to implement, and to monitor and evaluate program. We also work closely with a local leader in Meru, Kenya who has 30+ years’ experience in implementing education, food security and economic empowerment programs to serve the most vulnerable. We have relationships with academic leaders in Kenya who specialize in the areas of nutrition and food security. We have consulted with the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) in Tanzania, and a partner school has participated with the Catholic Relief Services/USAID Farmer to Farmer program.

East African Children's Fund strengthens school communities in rural Kenya with school feeding and farming programs. To date, we’ve provided 2.5+M nutritious school meals to children and youth from rural communities in Kenya who would not otherwise receive a meal during the school day. One partner school identifies an 83% decrease in school infirmary visits since program inception. More specifically, our program outputs and impact are as follows, all of which is made possible by our donors.
2020 OUTPUT AND IMPACT:
• Served 630,000+ school meals to 600 children and youth, 60% orphaned.
• Produced 17 different nutrient dense vegetables, fruits, pulses and staple foods at school farms weighing 62+K kilos/137+K pounds.
• Supported a school health intervention of a deworming program benefitting 1,000 school children.
• Stocked and maintained 8 school fishponds so that 900 children ate fish weekly, an alternate source for protein.
• Established a 3 acre demonstration garden to grow nutrient dense vegetables for 3 schools and to train community members in horticulture best practices.
• Trained 193 school youth in best practices to grow their own food for increased self-sufficiency.
• Mobilized 5,000+ women from 3 counties in rural Kenya to grow nutrient dense vegetables at their homes to help feed their families.
• Funded the installation of 1 solar borehole pump for access to clean water for 3,000 women participating in our community garden program.

Additional information is provided in our annual reports.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    School communities in rural Kenya: children, staff and parents

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We conducted an extensive survey with the mothers in the community garden program. The mothers asked for additional trainings. We are considering how best to go deeper with additional program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EAST AFRICAN CHILDREN'S FUND

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Peracchio

Tara McKinney

Doris Mbabu

Carol Laub

James Mathenge

Kathleen Ninivaggi

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data