Lights for Learning

The NECF’s Lights for Learning Program enables school going children, in rural communities, to study in a safer and cleaner environment by providing affordable solar lanterns so they are able to do homework at night, without the use of a kerosene lamp.

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Nancy's Playgrounds

Nancy always said, “Children must play!” Through Nancy’s Playgrounds, we enable children to do just that by installing playgrounds.

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Nancy's Gardens

On June 5th, NECF planted our first garden at Village to Global school in Vihiga County.

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“Bringing happiness to children”

About Nancy

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Who we are

Founded in 2010, the Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation is registered as a charity with the Registrar of Societies in Kenya no:41397. The Foundation was officially launched at the “Celebration of the Life of Nancy Crooks” service held at Nancy and Howard’s home in Nairobi, Kenya on March 13, 2010. We are not affiliated with any religious or political entity or institution....

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Nancy's Legacy

Nancy Ellen Crooks was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on August 14, 1929. Nancy married Howard Crooks on June 17, 1950, and accompanied him, to Africa for the first time in 1956.

Nancy devoted her life to the betterment of the primary educational system and the lives of women in Kenya. In 1967, Nancy co-founded and was the first headmistress of the American Community School with 30 children, mainly taught through correspondence courses. Within two years, Nancy had developed a new curriculum, hired teachers from the United States, and increased enrolment to 100 children...

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About Nancy's Legacy

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News & Stories

On World Environment Day 2018, the Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation launched its first Nancy's Garden at Village to Global School in Vihiga, Western Kenya...

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Our Blog

Read our latest blog articles and stay up-to-date with all the latest information regarding our new, on-going and future projects...

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Get Involved

Be part of the solution. Volunteer your time with the Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation and make a tangible difference in the lives of children...

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