Leila de Bruyne, Executive Director, US
In 2004, Leila traveled to Kenya to volunteer her time to teach bright, eager students who so badly wanted a chance to fight their own way out of poverty. It didn't take long for her to realize that her suitcase full of second-hand textbooks was part of the problem, not the solution and that children who sleep on the street and rely on volunteer-teachers often become young adults who aren't able to carve out positive lives and build productive communities.
Inspired by a growing movement to provide a preferential option for the poor, the Flying Kites team set out raise the level of education available to children living in poverty. Contact her at: Leila@flyingkites.org