Lights for Learning

The NECF’s Lights for Learning Program enables school going children, in rural communities, to study in a safer and cleaner environment by providing affordable solar lanterns so they are able to do homework at night, without the use of a kerosene lamp.

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Nancy's Playgrounds

Nancy always said, “Children must play!” Through Nancy’s Playgrounds, we enable children to do just that by installing playgrounds.

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Nancy's Gardens

On June 5th, NECF planted our first garden at Village to Global school in Vihiga County.

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“Bringing happiness to children”

About Nancy

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Who we are

The Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation is a charitable society that strives to bring happiness to marginalized children across Kenya.

At NECF we work to:

  • Provide rural school children access to safe and affordable solar lights. 
  • Install playgrounds in communities to promote safe play, including Kenya's women's prisons
  • Implement kitchen gardening projects to improve food accessibility and nutrition.  

We aim to engage and empower Kenya's communities and future generations with life changing opportunities. All of our country's children deserve to have hope, health and bright futures.

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Nancy's Legacy

Nancy Ellen Crooks was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on August 14, 1929. Nancy married Howard Crooks on June 17, 1950, and accompanied him, to Africa for the first time in 1956.

Nancy devoted her life to the betterment of the primary education system and the lives of women in Kenya. In 1967, Nancy co-founded and was the first headmistress of the American Community School with 30 children, mainly taught through correspondence courses. Within two years, Nancy had developed a new curriculum, hired teachers from the United States, and increased enrolment to 100 children...

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About Nancy's Legacy

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Be part of the solution. Volunteer with the Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation and make a tangible difference in the lives of Kenyan children.

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