Who are The Brilliant?
The Brilliant people we work with in Africa.
In so many cases, Child.org simply provide people with the structure, knowledge and power they need to change their own world. These guys are what community-led development is all about, working hard and innovating to improve the lives of their families and communities.
The Brilliant supporters who fund our work.
Child.org's supporters are interested in long-term change. They are interested in discovery. They are interested in taking humanity forwards though ingenuity and research. Supporting Child.org projects requires passion and imagination - and these guys have both.
The Brilliant experts.
Experts who work with and for Child.org to constantly work to improve everything we do. Experts at design, experts at programme delivery, experts at research, experts at all aspects of charity work.
Tyson has been involved with Child.org since he was an orphan living in Obunga Slums in Kisumu, Kenya. Now he's in our Nairobi office, delivering vital projects like Ride Africa: Kenya.
Meet Dan, Headmaster of Thurbie Primary School
The school is performing well, but is desperately short of resources. Child.org’s HealthStart programme has been improving the health of Dan’s pupils. A priority has been to install handwashing facilities and toilets. Recently, an outbreak of cholera has struck Dan’s local area. Teaching them about handwashing has helped to keep more children safe, and they’re encouraged to pass on this knowledge to people at home.
To raise more funds for school facilities, Dan asked parents to make a small financial contribution which he spent… on two sheep. The sheep are living and breeding happily in the school playing field, and the school now have six sheep! By breeding sheep, Dan hopes to generate reliable income for the school. Child.org work with headteachers like Dan to develop solutions that work for their individual school.
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Meet Sharon from Festival Republic
Sharon is at the heart of Child.org’s longest-running partnership. Over the past 10 years, she has built our relationship into something extraordinary - and Festival Republic have raised over £1.5m.
Sharon is always keen to support us in the most effective way possible. She helped to develop Charity Concierge, allowing Child.org to raise thousands at music festivals. She’s also encouraged numerous colleagues to join our Ride Africa cycle rides! Sharon has completed an incredible four rides so far, in Kenya and Ghana. She’s fallen in love with the people and the country of Kenya, often finding time to visit Kisumu and the children we support.
When Sharon does something, she does it properly. That’s why we’re so happy to have her as part of the Child.org family
Harriet is 59 and works six days a week farming and running her own shop, where she sells fruit and veg and other groceries.
Every Thursday, she goes to Kauria Self-Help Group meetings. The group is one of many that are supported by Child.org's partner organisation CIFORD. Women in Harriet's community meet together and receive vital training and support each other.
Harriet speaks proudly about her involvement with the women's group. She says that the group provides vital basic assistance to vulnerable people in the community.
As an example, Harriet highlighted the importance of the group's weekly 'merry-go-round' scheme. This scheme, known as 'chama' in Kiswahili, is common across Kenya and acts as an informal saving group for members of the community. Members of the women's group contribute a small sum of money once a week during their meetings. Each week, this collection of money is paid to one of the members of the group. This allows the women to save their money informally and use the larger sums of money to pay for things like school fees and invest in farming tools. Harriet says that with the scheme, she's been able to increase the stock of her shop, maximising her income so that she can fund her children's school fees.
Hard working community-focussed women like Harriet are determined to lift their whole communities out of poverty. All they need is practical training and support.