our partnership

A monthly sponsorship* covers five basic needs; needs we too often take for granted:  supervision by the TACEP staff, school fees and tuition, school uniforms, a lunch program and a thorough annual medical check-up.

We have a wonderful staff on the ground in Kenya that we work with at our office in Kaloleni, Kenya.  We have worked together since 2008.  It is compromised of two directors, one finance person, one counselor and four field officers.  They each play a vital role in making sure our kids are looked after in Kenya.  Without them, it would be impossible to run the program.  Together, we all work to ensure that the education and wellbeing  of our children are taken care of from both sides of the world.  Whether we are together physically in Kenya or working together on a daily basis via technology, we get it done.  We think we make a pretty great team!

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."
- Clay P. Bedford

Pictured above from left to right:  Adams (finance/board member), Gabriel (field officer), Eunice (counselor), Hamida (field officer, Wasi (field officer) and Karen (field officer), bottom left: Joel Mugo Mwanki (co-founder/board member) and George Mumba (co-founder/board member)

Eastwind Community Church in Boise, Idaho has partnered with Touch Africa International headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya to help advance the education possibilities for children.  Building on a partnership established during our first mission trip to Kenya in 2008, the two organizations have joined causes to focus on an impoverished population near Kaloleni in Kenya.  Education is a significant privilege for the less fortunate, vulnerable or orphaned children.  We started a child education sponsorship program at Eastwind, to allow people like you the opportunity to provide funds for these children, so they can enjoy all the benefits of attending school. 

Eastwind currently has 261 children sponsored with Touch Africa’s Children Education Project (TACEP) because of the generosity of so many! Our outreach program is open to anyone interested in sponsoring a child’s education, even if you do not attend Eastwind.  “Outreach” means just that... reaching out to others... through others.  Currently we have 22 unsponsored children who are eagerly waiting to be sponsored.

If this kind of sponsorship program appeals to you, please go to the next page (The Children) to see our current posting of children who are ready to be sponsored. 

If you are unable to sponsor a child at this time, but would like to make a one-time donation to the sponsorship program, please go directly to the (Contact Us) page for information on where to send your donation.

Thank you for your interest and consideration!

*be creative - monthly sponsorships can be made by individuals, families, groups, teams or businesses.

Another important aspect of our program is that it does not have any particular religious requirement(s).  We deeply believe that education comes first independent of what religious beliefs a child holds.  Just as all of us grew up in different households with different belief systems, it is the same for these kids whether it be Christian, Muslim, Hindu and non-religious.  But, unlike some other charitable organizations we are not going to force our kids to say that they are Christians just to get their education sponsored.  We understand that this is a bold step on our part, but we believe strongly that education comes first and that we will let the children figure out what religious beliefs they want to carry on as adults.  The children are taught religious studies in class, so they are exposed to Christianity and Islam given that those are the two predominant religions in the area.  It’s good for the kids to understand different religions, just as it is for all of us, as part of the education process.  It’s the real world they live in and they share many friends of different faiths.  We don’t want to be a part of closing the door off to them understanding one another better.  That’s why we keep our focus on education alone.  It takes a lot of pressure off of the kids and their guardians/families and that’s a good feeling for all involved.