By:Â Melaina Gasbarrino
Flying Kites is a unique initiative that emphasizes the fact that Third World Kenyan children do matter. Many moons ago, the founders of Flying Kites volunteered at orphanages in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. With a set-up that ‘wasn’t effective’ and was a shameful way to treat children, Leila de Bruyne, Toby Storie-Pugh and Justine Axelsson developed Flying Kites. As their initiative to change grew into an organization, they wanted to ensure that we all see children as children and not label them as orphans.
The organization seeks to showcase the potential that children of Kenya have. With headquarters in Brooklyn, and a children’s home in Kinangop, Kenya the expansive agriculture-like land and room to run freely, the children of Flying Kites will ‘one day change the world.’ The home houses 150 children living in ten separate houses, students are educated and have the potential to flourish with a perfect view of The Aberdare Mountains in view.
Flying Kites focuses on not only providing these children with a home and education, but also instilling leadership, living, and cooking skills that can help them succeed in the future. We had the great opportunity to speak with Leila, Founder and Director of Marketing at Flying Kites to learn a little bit more about the organization. Read More