Who we are

The NECF - Who are we

The Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation is a charitable society that strives to bring happiness to marginalized children across Kenya.

At NECF we work to:

   ● Provide rural school children access to safe and affordable solar lights. 

   ● Install playgrounds in communities to promote safe play, including Kenya's women's prisons

   ● Implement kitchen gardening projects to improve accessibility to food and nutrition. 

We aim to engage and empower Kenya's communities and future generations with life changing opportunities. All of our country's children deserve to have hope, health and bright futures.

NECF was founded in 2010 in celebration of the life of Nancy Crooks who devoted her life to the betterment of the primary educational system and the lives of women in Kenya. Today, we take inspiration from her accomplishments and aim to honour her legacy by continuing to implement projects that bring happiness to children.

Since NECFs inception, we have implemented our programmes across the country, comprising our three main projects, Lights for Learning, Nancy’s Playgrounds and Nancy’s Gardens.

We strive to increase our impact each day by bringing solutions to children's issues across the country, partnering with entities with common goals and involving you all in our mission.

Our Mission

The Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation implements projects that bring happiness and well-being to children and their families by providing access to new opportunities.

The Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation is registered as a charity with the Registrar of Societies in Kenya no:41397.

We are not affiliated with any religious or political entity or institution.



Meet our team

Meet the amazing people who make up our staff and volunteer team working to bring happiness to children across Kenya.

Howard's Bio

Howard Crooks is an NECF board member and also one of the founders of NECF. Together with friends and family, they came together to honour his wife, Nancy Ellen Crooks by founding NECF.

He was married to the late Nancy for 60 years and had two sons, three grandchildren and two dogs. Howard is an ardent reader and a loyal traditional jazz fan.

Howard Crooks


Winnie's Bio

Cleo Wade said, "Be the reason why someone feels seen, heard and supported by the whole universe" which holds a deep meaning for Winnie Bolo. As such, joining the Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation as the administrator was an easy choice. With a background in Psychology, she aims to capitalize on her skills for the overall benefit of the foundation.

In her free time, Winnie loves to read, catch up on her favorite shows and care for her niece and nephews.

Winnie Bolo

Operations & Administration Volunteer

Shital's Bio

Shital joined the NECF team in late 2019, she was drawn to the foundation's diverse and unique programs that empower and improve the lives of so many children across Kenya. Shital has over ten years of professional experience with a career focus on strategy and performance management. Using her business skills and passion for exploring new ideas Shital helps the NECF effectively spread its message in order to impact even more children and communities across Kenya.

“There is so much impact and value that comes from each of NECFs programs and I’m so happy to be a part of it”

Shital Patel

Marketing & Communications Volunteer

Our Partners

Support us & buy our book!

One thing is for sure, Nancy loved Kenya. In 1986, Nancy Ellen co-authored a booklet, entitled ‘Kenya Trivia’, about Kenya’s ecology, geography and culture. Forty-two thousand copies were published and sold. This publication was a key text used by individuals training to be guides in the national museum, as well as safari guides.

To get your copy message us at info@thenecf.org or pick up a copy at Spinners Web for 500ksh. All proceeds from the sale of the Kenya Trivia books directly support our programs.

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