Stories of Progress

  • Expanding Impact While Staying True to the Mission
    Board Treasurer, Francis Kibet, discusses how CFK furthered its mission while expanding its impact during 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. He believes that CFK's model and programs will only continue to grow.
  • CFK young man making bone products
    Addressing Youth Unemployment & Environmental Pollution
    Victorious Craft Group employs youth to turn waste into valuable products. After connecting with CFK's Entrepreneurship & Economic Development program, they were able to hire more youth and increase their impact.
  • CFK 2020 ORG Impact Award Finalist
    CFK Named Finalist for 2020 .ORG Impact Awards
    Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the 2020 .ORG Impact Awards. Winners will be announced during a 10-day event beginning November 30.
  • CFK medical staff
    Using Data to Drive Purpose
    Current Board Member, Claire Rotich, grew up in Kenya but learned about CFK after re-connecting with a family friend in North Carolina. She is an advocate for using data to inform, strengthen, and center programs.
  • Emphasizing the Importance of Mental Health
    By integrating mental health services into existing CFK programs, psychological counselor, Elmard Rigan, hopes to help debunk myths and address the stigma surrounding the topic.
  • Education packet
    Angaza Alumni Support Home Learning Initiatives During COVID-19
    Though students are facing many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, CFK's Angaza program and alumni network have supported their abilities to continue learning at home.
  • CFK Maternity Home Celebration
    Tabitha Maternity Home: Celebrating One Year of Service in Kibera
    CFK's Tabitha Maternity Home celebrated one year of service in Kibera and introduced its first-ever ambulance, which will provide affordable, accessible emergency transportation for Kibera residents.
  • CFK Tabitha Festo
    Sacrificing for Success: A Tribute to Tabitha Festo
    With $26, a personal sacrifice, and a fierce commitment to serving her community, Tabitha Festo, a Kiberan nurse, laid the foundation for CFK in 2000 when she opened a 24/7 clinic attached to her home.
  • Joy filling up hand washing station in Kibera
    Championing Affordable Access to Quality Healthcare
    The daughter of the late CFK co-founder Tabitha Festo, Joy Barnice Henry is committed to upholding Tabitha's legacy and championing affordable healthcare through the same clinic her mother started in 2001.
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    Expanding Access to Education in Kibera and Beyond
    A bright kid with a passion for service, Joshua Omweno received an Angaza scholarship in 2011. Six years later, he began leading the very same program that had given him the opportunity to pursue higher education.  
  • CFK's Jennifer Coffman in Kibera
    Creating Global Ambassadors
    In 1999, CFK co-founder, Rye Barcott, walked into Jennifer Coffman’s office with a drive to make a difference. Neither of them knew that their conversation would lay the foundation for CFK a few years later. 
  • Young CFK Beneficiaries
    Three Fundraisers, One Common Goal
    From running one mile per day to writing a memoir to establishing and raising money for a program, three of our supporters, each from a different country, adopted creative approaches to fundraising.
  • Mural illustrating positive communication
    The Power of Positive Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic requires community buy-in and cooperation. Positive communication strategies can help and are a critical part of an effective response.
  • CFK volunteer pouring soap
    On the Ground: Young People Perform Vital Work on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Response in Kibera
    Young people in Kibera are creative, innovative, and energetic and have devised ways to ensure continued health and education services in Kibera during the pandemic. 
  • Thinking Beyond Education to Empower Communities
    Growing up in Kibera, Board Member, Dickson Omondi, developed an appreciation for development work and an in-depth understanding of the complex challenges facing his community.
  • Eddah Ogogo
    Improving Healthcare & Serving Humanity
    Working across four different health facilities has its challenges, but our Primary Healthcare Manager, Eddah Ogogo, has learned how to manage diverse groups and implement effective individualized approaches. 
  • CFK Community Health Volunteers walking in Kibera
    CFK Healthcare Staff Featured as Frontline Heroes
    While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create new healthcare challenges and exacerbate existing ones, CFK staff are on the frontlines continuing to provide quality healthcare and support the Kibera community.
  • CFK collecting coronavirus samples
    COVID-19 Response: Healthcare Facilities
    At CFK, we are taking action to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Kibera while continuing to maintain critical healthcare services. CFK Primary Healthcare Manager, Eddah Ogogo, summarizes CFK's response.
  • CFK Girls Empowerment during COVID-19
    COVID-19 Response: Girls Empowerment
    Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic compound existing inequalities, and women and girls often suffer the most. CFK Partnerships Manager, Ann Kungu, discusses how CFK continues to support women and girls.
  • CFK Young Health and Wellness Center
    COVID-19 Response: Youth Education & Livelihoods
    COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges faced by youth in Kibera, but CFK is continuing to provide support. CFK Education & Livelihoods Program Coordinator, Jeffrey Okoro, summarizes our response.
  • Jeffrey Okoro
    Staff Highlight: Transforming Education
    Jeffrey Okoro is a model for how education can transform a life, and his Best Schools Initiative (BSI) embodies CFK's research platform and participatory development approach.
  • Summer 2020 Fellows & Interns Tackle Projects Remotely This Summer
    Despite the coronavirus, CFK is engaging with young researchers in a remote capacity during the summer of 2020. Introducing this year's fellows and interns.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – COVID 19 Response
    CFK Community Health Volunteers Clinic staff received training from the CDC are putting that training to work debunking myths and promoting positive hygiene education throughout the community during COVID-19.
  • CFK’s Faces of Brighter Futures | Eunice’s Story
    Eunice, a teenage mother and participant of CFK's Girls Empowerment Program, shares her reborn aspirations of taking journalism classes after she passes the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
  • Nurse and new mother
    Celebrating the First Baby of Tabitha Maternity Center
    Maternity care in Kibera can be challenging, but the Tabitha Maternity Center welcomed its first baby, Ivan, into the CFK family in September 2019 by offering quality care.
  • Jaihind and Katar standing on the steps of a building
    Leave Only Footprints. Create Only Impact.
    Jaihind Sumal grew up in Nairobi and wrote a memoir, Leave Only Footprints: Indian Migrants in Kenya, about his experiences. He is currently donating 100% of the book's proceeds to CFK.
  • The Stories of Kibera
    Guest writer, photographer, and Nairobi native, Janvika Shah, joined our content collection team this summer to help capture some of CFK’s inspiring Stories of Progress. 
  • Peter’s Journey to a Brighter Future
    Peter Opiyo found CFK in 2006 and became the first member of his family to graduate from university. He studied Civil Engineering and hopes to use his degree to "making Africa and ultimately the world a better place."
  • Lencer, a CFK Beneficiary
    The Beginning of a Dream, Lencer’s Story
    Lencer Akinyi Onyancha understands the reality of unemployment all too well. She shares her story of navigating Kibera as a mother and a mentor working toward her dream career as a Computer Technician.
  • To Enjoy the Pursuit of the Dream
    Velma began her journey with CFK as a single mother with little family support and no career. Now, she feels that she is “finally on the path [she has] always wanted," after finding a job with a local insurance agency.