FKSW is committed to empowering Kenyan communities to sustainably achieve access to
Enhanced economic empowermen
Improved water, food, and nutrition security
Improved access to health care
Enhancement of human rights and social dignity
Improved management of the environment and enhanced biodiversity
Our partnership with the locally run and registered NGO, Network for Eco Farming in Africa (NECOFA) is central to our organizational philosophy. NECOFA and the communities set the agenda and project priorities and FKSW provides resources to support physical and social transformation that is driven and led by the local community. FKSW participates in the conversation and works to raise funding and awareness in the US.
A Note About Wildlife
FKSW was created in 2003, after Mike Lawrence, the owner of Westminster Safaris, asked Gwen Meyer and John Neumeister, who had been on safari with him in 2002, to adopt a school in rural Kenya. Mike became our partner and in the early years of our organization, he planned to include wildlife conservation as a significant part of our work. Unfortunately, Mike passed away in 2006, and as our partnership with NECOFA has increased our experience with community-based organizing, our focus has shifted away from wildlife to broad commitments to the people and communities we serve. The landscapes and wild beauty of Kenya will always be a source of inspiration to us, and proudly remains part of our name and history as an organization.