About Us

What we do

ChallengeAid promotes health and fitness throughout the UK by motivating schools, universities, corporate groups and individuals to raise money through sponsored exercise. Everyone needs to exercise more, to improve both physical and mental health. Our pledge is that none of the money raised from sponsored physical activity is used for administrative purposes. With the money raised, we create Schools of Hope in East Africa, which provide extra opportunity for aspirational young slum dwellers.

We believe that we are one of the very few charities able to respond to some of Africa’s ongoing issues without creating a culture of dependency or bringing knee-jerk reactions to the latest crises. The Schools of Hope are a unique, long-term, sustainable solution for the provision of educational opportunity.

 

What are Schools of Hope? 

Our Schools of Hope operate in the evenings, weekends, and holidays. Individuals have access to a supervised, safe and conducive learning environment, which provides up-to-date textbooks, caring supervision, desks, chairs, lighting, peer support and careers advice. In addition, pupils can engage in many extra-curricular activities, which include music, drama, sports and life-skills sessions. All of our activities provide aspirational young people with the opportunity to succeed and escape a lifetime of poverty by  improving their job prospects and increasing their self-esteem. Our life-skills sessions have had a profound impact in educating students about issues such as alcohol, drugs and unprotected sex.

 

Where we work

There are now 43 Schools of Hope in Kenya and  Tanzania, and our mission is to open another eight in Nairobi’s slum settlements of Mathare, the Aberdares, Mombasa and in Arusha in Tanzania by the end of 2019.

 

Our Impact

We educate 2,500 young people from the ages of 9-18.

In 2017, 96% of our pupils transitioned from primary to secondary school.
In 2017, over 92% of leavers from the Schools of Hope succeeded in accessing university or finding employment.

In 2018 , 98% of our pupls transitioned to secondary school, 100% in some schools.

In 2018 51 students achieved the standard to take up a place at University.

 

IMPACT EVALUATION REPORT 2019