Unleashing the Power of Education to Transform Communities

Education for Every Child

Village Impact works alongside communities and local partners because, like you, we are passionate in our conviction that access to quality education is the cornerstone to empowering children to unlock their potential and live full and productive lives and become active participants in the transformation of their families, communities and nation.

Education is one of the U.N’s 17 Global Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Yet there are still 258 million children and youth in the world who are not enrolled in education— more than half of these live in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Challenge in Kenya

With its significant lack of infrastructure, isolated internally displaced people communities are in an acute  need for school buildings. Either there are no schools at all, or existing make-shift buildings are in such a poor state of repair that they are not only uninhabitable in the rainy season but also dangerously close to collapse.

In January 2003, Kenya’s newly-elected Kibaki government made primary education free. While this announcement was welcomed by communities, yet the government and local infrastructures are still struggling to catch up.

It’s estimated that there are still nearly 4,000 primary and nearly 65,000 secondary school-age children out of school in the areas in which we work.

Did you know?

  • A single year of primary school increases the eventual wages earned by 5 to 15% for boys and even more for girls.
  • For each additional year of secondary school, a girl’s income can increase by up to 20%.
  • A child whose mother is literate is 50% more likely to survive to past the age of 5.
  • Bad education is almost like no education at all—effective teachers are the most important influence in a student’s learning.
  • More than 80% of businesses in Kenya are small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Over 92% of small and medium-sized businesses are micro establishments employing between 1 and 9 people.

How We Bring Education to Children

Building & Resourcing Schools

Village Impact partners with vulnerable communities to build schools and classrooms. But this is only the beginning! We also resource the schools with essentials like desks and chalkboards, textbooks, science labs and school libraries, latrines, clean water and handwashing stations, electricity, kitchens, school gardens and teacher accommodations. We also hire counseling staff, who provide one-on-one and group counseling support sessions to students at many of our schools. All our projects are community-driven and, once completed, each school is community-owned and government-supported.

Professional Development 

We believe that good teachers and principals make all the difference in student success. That’s why, with your help, we invest in continuing education for all our school staff. Teachers and principals decide what they need, and we fund the training that best equips them (through seminars, workshops, conferences, mentorship and other activities) with the relevant, current and effective knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that promote academic excellence in teaching and learning. These activities improve teaching skills and ensure the better academic performance of our students.

Extension Learning / Business Training

We work to answer the question: what can be done to harness the potential of would-be youth entrepreneurs and to maximize their chances of success? We believe when students see beyond their day-to-day environment and are exposed to the world of possibilities that await them, everything can change. Students at Village Impact school have opportunities to go on field trips and to student conferences, and to participate in residential summer camps that help young people to build the mindset and skills they need to build their own businesses and lift themselves out of poverty.

Building & Resourcing Schools

Village Impact partners with vulnerable communities to build schools and classrooms. But this is only the beginning! We also resource the schools with essentials like desks and chalkboards, textbooks, science labs and school libraries, latrines, clean water and handwashing stations, electricity, kitchens, school gardens and teacher accommodations. We also hire counseling staff, who provide one-on-one and group counseling support sessions to students at many of our schools. All our projects are community-driven and, once completed, each school is community-owned and government-supported.

Professional Development

We believe that good teachers and principals make all the difference in student success. That’s why, with your help, we invest in continuing education for all our school staff. Teachers and principals decide what they need, and we fund the training that best equips them (through seminars, workshops, conferences, mentorship and other activities) with the relevant, current and effective knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that promote academic excellence in teaching and learning. These activities improve teaching skills and ensure the better academic performance of our students.

Extension Learning / Business Training

We work to answer the question: what can be done to harness the potential of would-be youth entrepreneurs and to maximize their chances of success? We believe when students see beyond their day-to-day environment and are exposed to the world of possibilities that await them, everything can change. Students at Village Impact school have opportunities to go on field trips and to student conferences, and to participate in residential summer camps that help young people to build the mindset and skills they need to build their own businesses and lift themselves out of poverty.

Simply put, education and business training  create opportunities for children, their families and their communities to realize positive transformation—making it one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty for the long term.

Learn More About How We Do It

See Where We Work

No child should be forced to study outside, or in a dangerous environment—or have no access to school at all.  With a good education, children can escape poverty.

Our Story

Shortly before Christmas in 2006, Amy McLaren turned to her future husband and pitched the ideal of going on a trip over the holidays. Given Amy’s adventurous spirit and fondness for  living and working in far-off-places, her fiancée, Stu McLaren, shouldn’t have been surprised when she also suggested that for the trip, they raise some money and education supplies to donate to a vulnerable community in need. 

Though Stu had every faith in Amy’s vision, he wasn’t sure that they could organize the details so quickly. But, Amy  wouldn’t budge. Recalls Stu, “She told me, you are the business guy, you raise the money and I’ll arrange the trip.”

Together they raised $17,000 and headed to a village in El Salvador, using the donations to buy supplies for a local school. 

This experience changed everything—and Village Impact was born. 

More than a decade later, this shared vision and heart for making a positive difference in the world has grown into a community-led model of development that, by working through local partners and generous supporters from around the world, helps achieve long-term change for children, families and communities. 

January 2010

Village Impact, originally called World Teacher Aid, is formed.

August 2012

First school is built - Shalom Primary School.

February 2013
January 2014
July 2015
August 2015
July 2017
September 2017
April 2018

World Teacher Aid becomes Village Impact.

July 2020

2 new schools coming soon!

Meet The Team

Meet the people working behind the scenes locally and internationally to improve the lives of children.

Where Your Money Goes

Accountability, transparency and governance are our committment to you.

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Have a Question?

For questions about a getting your business involved, donation, receipts or a specific campaign, connect with Carey Leader, Operations Manager, at carey@villageimpact.com.

For general inquiries, to book a speaker,  or to connect with us on any area that  is involved with Village Impact’s work, send us a message at hello@villageimpact.com  and we will direct you to a member of our staff who can best assist you.

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