The Africa Teacher Foundation was established in 2007 to help African teachers use best educational principles and practices to improve their curricular and instructional standards. These improvements will, in turn, enhance the quality of life for children residing in the poorest slums in East Africa. Participants from slum, rural, and national schools in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda receive ten days of professional development and support to learn varied approaches to meet the needs of all learners across the basic skill areas of literacy, mathematics, and writing. To create a sustainable training program and multiply the impact of the teacher trainings, the Africa Teacher Foundation Center for Pedagogy was also established in 2010. Selected teachers who have participated in previous institutes extend their knowledge and conduct professional development for other African teachers. Training African teachers to train other African teachers is a focus of the Foundation. The Foundation also services rural and city medical clinics. The need for better health for these children becomes more evident with time. There are many orphaned children who were born with HIV AIDS and other health complications. The medical component attempts to address children's immediate health needs while emphasizing a preventative approach to health care.
The Africa Teacher Foundation is staffed entirely with volunteers. All money raised goes directly to benefit the children of Africa through teacher training programs as well as the distribution of food and medical supplies. Currently, 1000 teachers have been trained, and through the efforts of teachers, over 35,000 students have been reached.
The first encounter in June of 2007 revealed that the essential needs of the students in the Huruma slum of Nairobi, Kenya, are primarily health care and nutrition. Many of these children are HIV/AIDS positive and lack regular medical attention.
People come to Nairobi from all parts of Africa seeking work, with many ending up in the slums. Slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning well under $1 per day. Jobs are scarce while HIV/AID rates are very high.