We are proud to have published the 2015 Annual Report for Friends of Ngong Road. It was an exciting year with highlights including the successful pilot launch of our portable toilet business, Karibu Loo, and our biggest high school graduating class of thirty-nine students.
Karibu Loo was created to generate sustainable income to Friends of Ngong Road and to provide employment opportunities to graduates. Karibu Loo provided 26 students with full-time or part-time employment in 2015, not only providing valuable job experience, but also an opportunity to gain or supplement incomes as many of these students entered post-secondary studies. We have supported Karibu Loo’s launch and expansion by both generous contributions from supporters and by utilizing funds from our endowment. Our board of directors believes that investing in a business that will support sustainability of our mission is a good use of endowment resources.
Each year more of our students are entering post-secondary programs and securing jobs. One recent graduate, George Odhiambo (pictured right), has started working as a full-time intern at Ngong Road Children’s Foundation and will become a caseworker after receiving his diploma in July. George is sponsored by Bob and Louise Tritt of Kansas City, was a camp team leader for three years and recently volunteered in our NRCF offices. He cleaned the offices each morning and helped caseworkers enter information about NRCF students. George also worked for Karibu Loo, both as an event attendant and with construction projects. George is grateful for the many opportunities he’s received through the program and is excited about developing his skills further at NRCF.
Employment at middle class wages allows students like George to reach the goal of transforming their lives. You can read more about how students are transforming their lives in the attached annual report and on our new website at www.ngongroad.org.
This Annual Report is for the U.S.-based entity, Friends of Ngong Road. These financials have been audited and approved by our U.S. audit firm. As you know, Ngong Road Children’s Foundation, a separate organization, is undergoing a forensic audit, which will be concluding very soon. We will update you on those audit results by the end of June.
Our focus on education along with the programs that enhance students’ safety and well-being and provide a supportive community are working to make a real impact on impoverished kids in Kenya. Many of our students are now working in good jobs, which is the ultimate measure that our programs are working. Thank you for being part of this mission and for your continued support.
2015 Annual Report (pdf)