We are committed to taking a thoughtful and collaborative approach to both international development and quality education.
Where did the name Flying Kites come from?
Our name was chosen to evoke a sense of carefree childhood wonder. We wanted a name that would tell the world we were striving to do more than bring bowls of rice and rows of bunk beds to the world's poorest children. Our goal is to provide a preferential option for the poor, so that they can build a better tomorrow.
When Flying Kites was started in 2007, the initial priorities of the team were to locate property that could provide access to unlimited clean and running water, fresh air, lots of open space, and fertile land to cultivate a farm. In Njabini, we purchased nine acres of land at the foothills of the Aberdares Mountains. Here, the children in our care can explore the safe and rural community, climb trees, swim in the river, and begin to heal from trauma. We are currently able to grow a large percentage of food for both our home and school sites.
Njabini was also the ideal site for our first home and school because it is at the intersection of poverty and opportunity. While the majority of our neighbors live on less than a few dollars a day, the area is a rich and buzzing community, and opportunities for generating income are increasing due to a growing agricultural sector and strong local leadership.
How do you select which children live at the Home?
We see some of the country's most desperate cases. Recognizing the immense need (there are over 2 million orphaned children in Kenya) we are committed to an intake policy that ensures that our Home serves children who would otherwise have nowhere else to go. While Flying Kites is a safe and loving environment, children should be with their families. We work with the police and child protective services to evaluate cases and opt to bring a child into our care only after all other options for care have been exhausted. In many cases, this means that children who live at Flying Kites have been orphaned, abused and homeless.
Our day school is open to students in the Njabini community who score favorable on the entrance exam/interview and who come from impoverished families.
What happens once your children reach 18?
LaunchPad is a program developed to ensure that the young people in our care are able to develop healthy relationships, pursue meaningful career paths, contribute to their communities and establish a life trajectory of self-sufficiency. Beginning at age 14, our students partake in internships, workshops, and counseling aimed at helping them to begin to think about life after high school. Once students turn 16, they move to our LaunchPad accommodations, where they begin to develop skills of independence under the guidance of our live-in mentors. Upon completion of high school, students have access to funding for scholarships.
If 100 percent of donations to the child sponsorship program go directly to the home, school and launchpad programs, how do you cover administrative and fundraising costs?
Where can I see your financials?
You can see our 990's and read our annual reports here.
I have questions about the child sponsorship program, specifically.
Head over to our sponsorship FAQ here
How can I help?
Still have more questions, contact us via the form below and we will be in touch: