Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Food and family home give Kenyan kids a foundation for education

Nina Chung started small, covering school fees for a couple of children. Over the past three years, she has raised $75,000 and put all of that money toward several activities.

NINA CHUNG

The Donor: Nina Chung

The Gift: Creating Elimu

The Reason: To finance education programs in Kenya

Story continues below advertisement

A few years ago, Nina Chung took a break from a marketing business she had founded in Ottawa and headed to Kenya to do volunteer work at a school. She expected to be there for a couple of years, but that changed after she met a grandmother who was taking care of five children.

"The parents had abandoned the children and she was doing odd jobs just to put food on the table," Ms. Chung recalled. She decided to get involved by covering school fees for two of the children.

It wasn't long before she made a decision to commit to doing much more and, in 2008, she gave up returning to her company in Ottawa.

Instead she created a Canadian charity called Elimu, which means education in Swahili. In the past three years, she has raised $75,000 in total and put all of that money toward several activities.

The main focus is a family home for children, which offers food, shelter and education for about a dozen kids. Elimu also finances a sewing project in co-ordination with other local organizations and it has helped to build a nursery school, which now has three classrooms.

Over time, the group hopes to expand its family home model and set up additional ones.

"This is my full-time thing," Ms. Chung said from Kenya, where she spends most of her time. She also covers the charity's administration costs so that all donations go to the projects.

Story continues below advertisement

"I love it. … It is really, really rewarding seeing children get an education and hope for the future."

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author
European Correspondent

Paul Waldie has been an award-winning journalist with The Globe and Mail for more than 10 years. He has won three National Newspaper Awards for business coverage and been nominated for a Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism. He has also won a Sports Media Canada award for sports writing and authored a best-selling biography of the McCain family. More

Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.