Our program is based on a vision. Peter Ndungu grew up in the Kibera slums of Nairobi and was orphaned at age 11. Through hard work and determination, as well as support from Kibera Lutheran Church Peter not only graduated from primary and secondary school, he went on to become a pastor. Throughout his years of service in Nairobi, he nurtured a dream of helping children living in poverty so they could prosper through education.
In 2006, Peter met Paula Meyer while she was traveling in Kenya with her family. Peter asked Paula whether she knew people who would sponsor children so they could have hope for their future. In early 2007, the pair co-founded two organizations – Ngong Road Children Association (established by Peter to oversee operations in Kenya) and Friends of Ngong Road in the U.S. (established by Paula to find sponsors and donors worldwide). Today they remain focused on delivering on their shared mission to educate children living in Nairobi’s impoverished urban communities.
The program grew quickly. By the time school opened in January of 2007, 60 children had been recruited and the necessary school uniforms, books, and supplies had been purchased. Initially, the program accepted any child who applied whose family was affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We let them attend whichever school they chose. Later more rigorous criteria for acceptance and a more disciplined approach to school selection was developed. The program now supports over 350 children.
Elements of the program include:
Ngong Road Children Association efforts are overseen by an independent Board of Directors who provide professional oversight and guidance in Kenya.