Patrick Achola and his siblings are left orphaned in their childhood. Being the eldest, Patrick worked multiple jobs to provide for his younger siblings, and ensure they are able to stay in school. This was at the detriment of his own education; he was sent home from school frequently and unable to study properly.
By chance, Patrick meets Rob, a young man from the UK on a gap year. They formed a friendship, and touched by Patrick's story, Rob was inspired to raise funds for Patrick's education upon his return to the UK. With Rob's help, Patrick was able to resume his schooling, complete a tertiary degree and land a stable job.
Rob's act of kindness got Patrick thinking how he could pay it forward. So with a couple of friends, he informally started supporting a few neighbourhood kids in Kibera in multiple ways, from mentorship to covering their school fees. However, the more Patrick and his friends engaged with their community and realised the scope of need, the more they felt called to commit to this cause in a greater capacity. They felt that in doing so, they could make profound change for the next generation.
It's 2010, enter Rosalie, a young woman from Australia who was travelling around Africa for a couple of months with some friends. Rosalie was introduced to Patrick through a mutual friend, and upon hearing about the struggles children in the Kibera slums face, had her heart stirred to commit to supporting Patrick's vision. She saw the work they were already doing and its potential for formality and expansion. Spur Afrika and its vision – to create sustainable impact in the Kibera slums – was born.
It's ten years old and counting, and engages a hundred sponsored children across a variety of unique programs that are locally led and designed. It's run by a team of paid workers in Kenya, and a team of committed volunteers in Australia. Over the years, we've shared in both great challenges and profound success, but continue to be inspired by our capacity for growth and impact every single day.