When I Grow Up (WIGU) was formed a few months after the founders visited Kenya in 2006. They saw the extreme poverty in the Huruma slum was going through in Nairobi, Kenya. There they met incredible young Kenyan leaders who were making a difference. They left knowing that they had found young leaders with a big vision that they wanted to share in.
In June 2008 they started a new feeding program that began with giving the children beans, rice, and vegetable through the school week. With this initiative, the children’s health dramatically improved and with that school attendance and grades improved as well.
In May 2011, after a 5 year partnership, WIGU began investing considerably more funding to FCF. Two safe-houses were under-way and land was bought for a new Boarding High School to be built outside of Nairobi.
In February 2013 a fire in Huruma spread to the primary school and half of the primary school buildings were burnt to the ground. As the FCF team coped with this major incident, the new Boarding High School opened the doors of its campus 50 km away in Kantafu. When I Grow Up was able to rally its donors and FCF were able to rebuild the Primary school bigger and better than prior to the fire.
In November 2014 the Primary School Class 8 took the High School entrance exams and for the first time 100% of the students passed the national exams. In a country where 51% pass rate is the national average, this was a huge accomplishment. Additionally, several students were awarded significant scholarships from highly prized foundations.