can help us!
The Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation
(NECF), through its network of global donors, is
helping to impact the lives of African women and
children. The Foundation was inspired by Nancy
Ellen Crooks’ passion to help the women and
children of Africa, particularly in Kenya.
Nancy passed on in 2009 after
dedicating over 40 years of her life to her
personal mission to alleviate pain and suffering
and, through education, to improve the lives of
those less fortunate than herself. Decades of
living in Kenya exposed Nancy to the unique
variety of hardships and shortfalls of basic human
existence on the African continent. To read more
about Nancy, go to the “Meet Nancy” page.
To continue this mission, a group of
family and friends started the Nancy Ellen Crooks
Foundation in 2009 to carry on her legacy. To know
more about the people who drive this Foundation go
to “Meet Our Board” page.
Foundation is focusing on two main areas within
Kenya: education in rural areas and reducing the
burden of impoverished women and girls.
Rural Education Related
Have you ever tried to read a book in
As a child did you ever do your homework
without light? The answer
is more than likely “NO”!
In Kenya, it is estimated that roughly
3 million children try to complete their homework
at night by the cooking fire or by a kerosene
lantern. This is because only 15% of the
population is hooked up to the national
electricity grid. Living near the equator, with
roughly 12 hours of natural light all year round,
homework is usually done after all the chores are
done and the sun has set. Imagine all
those squinting eyes and harmful fumes inhaled as
The NECF helps children in rural
communities complete their homework in a safer and
cleaner environment through providing affordable
solar lanterns. It’s amazing what a child can
achieve when having the proper tools. Want to
Go to “Our Projects” page to see how you can help us impact more
Reducing the Burden of Women and
Remember those occasional camping trips
where you cooked all your meals on a campfire but
first had to collect wood or you went hungry? It may have
been fun doing that for a day or two, but imagine
doing that every day of the year for every meal.
Also think of all the time that would
The burden of collecting firewood for
the cooking fire in the vast majority of cases
lies with the women and the girl child in Africa.
As a result, the girl child is often out
collecting firewood while the boy child does his
homework or plays sports with his friends. This
hampers the emotional and physical development of
the girl child, not to mention the negative impact
it has on our environment, as trees are chopped
down to make charcoal.
The NECF aims to provide a better
cooking method to these families through solar
cookers. By changing the cooking methods, women
and children are less subjected to the physical
harm caused by carrying great loads of wood day
after day, year after year, and traveling farther
and farther from home in insecure areas as the
wood supply slowly but surely vanishes. Want to
Go to “Our Projects” page
to see how you can help us impact more women and
children’s lives as well as help save our