How it all began ...
Initially starting to do voluntary work in their home region of Meru, the two cousins Frank and Denis have been actively involved in different community- and education projects since their youth. In 2010, they founded a non-profit organisation, the predecessor of our organisation. Frank and Denis themselves were lucky to receive quality school education and to be among the first of their village to go to university. When they moved to Nairobi for their studies, they continued their social commitment there. They always have had the dream to leave their little village and become part of something bigger in the world. As they themselves had experienced how education opens doors in life, they wanted to give the same chance to disadvantaged children. Through the work in an international student organisation, Frank and Denis collaborated with educational projects in the slums of Nairobi. Later on, they took over the management of a school in the slum of Mathare. With their own financial means from Frank‘s main occupation as a project manager in an NGO, they stood up for providing education and hence the chance for a better future to underprivileged children. Denis made the decision to quit his job as a criminologist at court and to increase his impact by taking care of the school operation and the children.
Oktober / 2018
Start of international cooperation
NOV / 2018
New formation of the EFYE CBO, Kenya
Through our cooperation, a new start was possible: We newly founded the non-profit organisation EFYE and the officially recognised school, the EFYE Education Centre in Kenya.
April / 2019
Moving of the EFYE Education Centre into the new rooms
In April 2019, we moved into new, renovated rooms, equipped them with adequate school furniture, employed qualified teachers as well as a cook, and were now able to provide enough school material to all our children.
January / 2020
Extension of the EFYE Education Centre
May / 2020
Foundation of the association
EFYE e.V. in Germany
The foundation of a non-profit association in Germany was another step in 2020 which paves the way for the expansion and further development of our educational work. Our goal is to empower as many young people as possible to build a better life for themselves and their environment.