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Leila de Bruyne, Executive Director, US

In 2004, Leila traveled to Kenya to volunteer her time to teach bright, eager and economically-disadvantaged students in Nairobi.  It didn't take long for her to realize that unqualified, short-term volunteer-teachers were part of the problem, not the solution - and that children who rely on a model of “something’s better than nothing” charity efforts often aren’t able to carve a path out of poverty and build their best lives.

Inspired by a growing movement to ignite community-led development, the Flying Kites team seeks to support schools as they work to raise the level of education and basic services available to children living in poverty. Contact her at: Leila@flyingkites.org