We invite you to read and learn about the great work happening within our programs and the incredible people who are doing life changing work for those within their communities.
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HIGH FLYING GIVING
Laurie has been a constant and longstanding supporter of ERFA. “When thinking about whether to support, remember the start you were given and give something in return”.
A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
In 2020, as the pandemic swept the globe, the purpose of the 500 Supporters Group’s work for the Ruben Centre was put into perspective.
THANK YOU TO OUR SCHOOLS
Edmund Rice schools continue to be the biggest supporter of ERFA and our work around the globe.
WOMEN EMPOWERED THROUGH VANILLA FARMING
Cicilia is a 38 year old mother, Vanilla Farmer Group Leader and Finance Manager for a Savings and Lendings Community (SILC) working with a group of friends to build economic security for her family. She has received training in organic vanilla farming and financial management.
THANK YOU BR. ROBERT STONE
Br. Robert Stone has been an integral part of ERFA for many years. He has provided deep insight and knowledge in working for equity and breaking the cycle of poverty in the places we live and work. In recent years, Robert has spent much of his time collaborating with ERFA partner programs around the world, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the projects they deliver.
RUBEN CENTRE LEADERSHIP
Nicholas Makau is the new Director of the Ruben Centre, Mukuru Slum, Nairobi. He has worked more than 20 years in leadership of community development organisations.
In this edition of Reaching Out, we ask Nicholas how he became involved with the Edmund Rice Network, his role within Ruben Centre and what drives him to make a difference.
For adolescents living in the slums of Langas and Yamumbi in the north west of Kenya, poor role models, drug and substance abuse, violence, and a lack of adequate sexual education are detrimental to emotional development and divert students from their educational and career paths.
2021 signifies the 8th straight year of ERFA’s membership with the Australian Council for International Development, the peak body for Australian NGOs specialising in international development and humanitarian aid.
2020 has been described as the ‘Year of the Pivot’ and ERFA had to quickly adapt to support our partner programs. While remaining vigilant about public health, our Kenyan office conducted remote and face-to-face capacity building visits with the 11 programs ERFA partners with across Africa.