In August of 2014, The Peter Gilgan Foundation was pleased to partner with Free the Children by agreeing to ‘Adopt a Village’ in rural Kenya; Irikaat. After travelling to the region and witnessing the transformative power of Free the Children’s 5 pillars of sustainability model, the Foundation decided to pursue further investment with Free the Children.
In 2015, The Peter Gilgan Foundation agreed to support Free the Children as they expand their Adopt a Village programming into Tanzania. By partnering with the Maasai in the region, Free the Children will deliver:
• Increased primary school enrollment, retention, and graduation, especially among girls
• Improved quality of education, both in the physical environment and the pedagogical experience
• Increased access to clean water and sanitation, as the community moves from 0% of households with access to 100%
• Decreased incidences of preventable diseases and illness as a result of health education, proper sanitation, and nutrition programming
• New and sustainable sources of income through business and financial literacy training, village savings and loans groups, and partnering to find new business opportunities
With the support of the Peter Gilgan Foundation, Free the Children will also establish The Gilgan Family Leadership Centre in Tanzania, which will bring together international youth, who will be empowered with leadership skills, educational volunteer experiences, increased awareness around issues faced by communities in the region, and commitment to active global citizenship. The Gilgan Family Leadership Centre and mobile camp will accommodate on average 1,000 youth participants per year.