Newman’s Own Foundation gives USD 20,000 for NECF’s Lights for Learning Program

Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation’s Lights For Learning program receives US$ 20,000 from Newman’s Own Foundation  to benefit 1,500 families in rural Kenya.

In June 2015, the Newman’s Own Foundation gave the NANCY ELLEN CROOKS FOUNDATION (NECF) a gift of US$20,000 to provide over 1500 solar lanterns to children in several primary and secondary schools in rural Kenya.

Newman’s Own Foundation (, is a US based organization that uses the power of giving to help transform lives and nourish for the common good. Paul Newman believed that giving back is the greatest opportunity to make our world a better place. Newman’s Own Foundation supports organizations and programs that continue Paul’s legacy of giving and create opportunities for long-term impact.

NANCY ELLEN CROOKS FOUNDATION ( , is a non-profit charity registered in Kenya with a mission to improve the lives of women and children in Africa through opportunity and education.

Lights for Learning

In rural Kenya, the quality of education is low due to various factors, such as inadequate learning facilities, lack of electricity in schools and homes, poor to non-existent health care and proper nutrition to  mention only a few. Children walk long distances to and from school, usually in darkness. They don’t have electricity in their homes and therefore use charcoal or wood fires or kerosene lanterns to study and do homework in the evening, exposed to health hazards from the fumes.

NECF’s Lights for Learning Program helps children in rural communities complete their homework in a safer and cleaner environment by providing solar lanterns. To date NECF has provided over 2,300 Kenyan families – more than 9,000 children – with solar lights.

Expected Results from Newman’s Own Foundation Gift:


number of families in rural communities to get lights by April 2016


number of school-going children reached with solar lighting


number of productive hours created daily for children to study and women to work

US$ 140000

saved in energy related expenses by families

To the Newman’s Own Foundation: Thank You For Caring!