ICRI has worked to start or improve programs for children and families in Africa for over 20 years. In 2005, ICRI opened an office in Nairobi to support larger-scale work in Kenya as well as to serve as a regional headquarters for all of ICRI’s programs in Africa. Maggie Kamau-Biruri was the Founding Director of ICRI Africa, and oversaw for five years a talented staff working on a variety of projects to support children and families in Kenya and beyond. Leonard Chumo then became Country Director and implemented business development projects and oversaw expansion of child protection, water sanitation and health, and other important work. Beginning in late 2015 Angela Wanja became our Country Director while Leonard Chumo moved to the position of Senior Consultant for Advocacy and Planning. Angela has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Curriculum and is now working on another Masters online with the University of London in International Development. Angela's dynamic leadership has already brought us to major collaborations in Kenya for children and families.
- New National Collaboration with the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDS) on development and improvement of early childhood education
- New project with the informal settlement of Kiambiu to develop a wide variety of child and family projects including development of a new settlement child and family park, expansion of our early childhood and child health programs, improvement of water and sanitation systems, and utilization of ICRI's locally developed early childhood centers as community center buildings.
- ICRI operates four early childhood, child health and nutrition programs in four of the most challenged informal settlements in Kenya. The settlement programs include one in partnership with Kidogo, serving very low income children in the settlement of Kibera withe a population of around 1 million, a model early childhood, nutrition, clean water and sanitation in the previously mentioned Kiambiu informal settlement, and early childhood program in Kaole settlement, and a special economic integration and early childhood education program at our Kenya headquarters in Karen. (Add Photos)
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PAST AND RENEWED PROJECTS. The projects below have served children and families in Kenya for many years. We are in the process of renewing and revitalizing these projects in the coming year.
Daraja Early Care and Education Program
Daraja is the Swahili word for “bridge,” and this program works to build access to high quality and developmentally-appropriate early childhood education for Africa’s poorest children. Our Watoto Wonder Bus is a mobile teacher training program that brings expert trainers and innovative materials to schools and child care centers in low-income areas. We provide intensive, on-site, side-by-side training and mentoring to teachers and administrators. We also work to provide educators with alternative approaches to teaching that engage children and provide an activity-driven learning environment.
Grassroots Advocacy Project
The GAP project works to support grassroots organizations assisting women, children, and families. We provide capacity building, intensive organizational mentoring, networking, and resource sharing to community-based organizations. We also distribute small grants to emerging organizations working at the grassroots level in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
ICRI Africa has developed an innovative, culturally-specific, rights-based child abuse prevention curriculum. We host regular trainings for professionals of all disciplines, to build awareness and skills in child abuse detection, intervention, and prevention. We also train participants in child advocacy and assist them in developing and implementing child abuse prevention policies in their schools, workplaces, and communities.
- Over 12 early childhood programs, serving over 700 children, have received intensive early childhood training, materials and support from the Daraja Program.
- ICRI has distributed over $150,000 in small grants, as well as capacity building and intensive organizational mentoring, to over 20 organizations participating in the Grassroots Advocacy Project.
- Over 45 child advocates have been trained in child abuse prevention by the KidSafe Project.