Bringing Happiness to Children

Help empower Kenya's children with opportunities for play and learning...

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Bringing Happiness to Children

Help empower Kenya's children with opportunities for play and learning...

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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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Lights for Learning

Access to affordable solar lights can make a world of difference for the estimated 3 million children living in non electrified regions in Kenya. Children will often have to complete their homework by light from the cooking fire or a kerosene lantern as chores typically occupy their daylight hours after school. With access to solar lights through our Lights for Learning program, children's academic performance can soar and no longer be hindered by lack of adequate lighting.

 

How solar lights impact life

About Nancy's Legacy

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About Nancy

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Nancy's Playgrounds

Play is one of the most important building blocks for child development and through Nancy’s Playgrounds we provide safe spaces for children to develop their creativity, dexterity, motor skills, cognitive and emotional strength. It’s no wonder that Nancy always said, “Children must play!” With your help we can ensure that all children regardless of circumstance have access to safe child friendly amenities.

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Nancy's Gardens

Through Nancy’s Gardens, we supplement school feeding programs by establishing school and community kitchen gardens to teach children how to grow their own food organically. Equipped with self sustaining knowledge they can then feed themselves as well as their fellow pupils and community. Lack of affordability often creates barriers to accessing healthy and nutritious food for children and families across Kenya but through gardening projects we can help alleviate this burden while simultaneously promoting healthy eating habits, connections to nature, physical activity and social connectedness.

How gardening benefits children

About Nancy

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About Nancy's Legacy

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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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News Updates

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Our Blog

Inspiration for your own life and with the latest insights and ideas from our programmes

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Get Involved

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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