About us

The Child to Child for Africa Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life of Kenyan kids by providing better educational opportunities for them.

The mission of our foundation is to finance education for African children, regardless of their gender or religion, to foster vocational training and to invest on building or renovating schools.

Child to Child for Africa was founded in Switzerland in 2002. The idea behind it was born when two friends travelled to Kenya and realized that they wanted to do something for people living in such extreme poverty.

We chose to dedicate the foundation to the memory of Domizio Lepori, a young man who had devoted his life to the poor and died tragically in the sinking of the Le Joola ferry in 2002.

In 2005 the Foundation joined FOSIT (an umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of several NGOs in the Canton Ticino: www.fosit.ch), thus becoming acknowledged as an NGO.

Being part of FOSIT is important because it allows us to:

  • receive support and counseling at any moment
  • receive training (through courses, meetings and workshops) on cooperation
  • set up a viable project in the country we want to work in
  • get to know the members of other NGOs and exchange expertise aimed at solving common issues


Commitee in Switzerland - Child to Child for Africa

Board of Directors in Switzerland

Prof.Dr. Giorgio Noseda, Honorary President

Gabriele Zanzi, President
Barbara Giudicetti Colombo, Member 
Franco Bertoni, Member
Corinna Bernasconi, Member
Giacomo Bernasconi, Member

The transparence and regularity of our investments and activities are guaranteed by Ballerini Consultants and the Berna supervisory board.

Commitee in Kenya - Children of Africa Organisation

On December 15, 2005 the Kenyan government officially acknowledged us an NGO.

Certificate of registration

This has allowed us to set up educational and healthcare projects across the country with the approval and cooperation of local authorities and organizations.

In Kenya our organization is called Children of Africa Organisation and has its own board of directors.

  • Andrea Bernasconi, President
  • James Muthee Mwai, Treasurer
  • Martina Maluki, Administrator
  • Luciano Pasteris, Member
  • Dr. Bakari, Member
  • Carolina Bernasconi, Member

Official address of the Foundation in Kenya
Mama Lorenza's Vocational Centre
PO Box 707, 
80400 Ukunda, Kenya

Our staff in Kenya

Jane Mwaka: therapist, director of the Lorenza's Vocational Centre and coordinator of all the activities of the Children of Africa Organisation. She conducts counseling sessions to help women and girls overcome trauma and abuse. During her sessions, she also deals with issues related to sexuality. She is the director of the vocational school and is in charge of deciding which children are most in need of help.

James Mwai is the director of the Children of Africa Organisation and is in charge of dealing with local authorities.

Nicole Therstorf is the organization’s treasurer and accountant.

Dr. Bakari, physician. He conducts regular clinical examinations on our kids and helps women with all issues related to health, hygiene and disease prevention.

Fondazione Child to child for Africa, c.p. 354, CH-6965 Cadro
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