"I don't have to be a millionaire to give back to the community." Ken Wambi, founder of Clear Cut Arts.
With friends from a nearby churches, Ongoza partner group Clear Cut Arts visited Soul Mercy School, Kariobangi, Nairobi County to paint the classroom walls and donate books to the school.
As we sit down for this story’s interview, Wambi checks his phone, smiles and says "the number of schools we reach is many, and we hope to someday to grow beyond schools to also go to hospitals, rehab centers and other institutions".
“Ni chuo ya mtaa” (It’s a school within our neighborhood), says Ken when asked why they chose Soul Mercy School. Ken also adds that despite the school being within their neighborhood, they were also inspired to help because of the poor state of the schools environment, its open fields, rundown buildings, cracked walls and limited library books.
Having been in similar situations, most group members are inspired to give back to the community, do good, inspire others and help transform the lives of youth.
Clear Cut Arts has had steady financial growth over the past months, and increased their revenue per month by 1000% within six months of engagement. With an increase in revenue, Clear Cut Arts is on the path to becoming a model for other youth groups to emulate. A percentage of the revenue they generate goes back to purchasing stationary which is later donated to the different schools.
“The little we get, is what we share with the community,” says Wambi.
Clear Cut Art is an example of how your contribution changes the lives of the young people we work with. We look forward to your continued support.