Founded in 2005 by Richard and Denise Baines, teachers in International schools and colleges in Belgium, the Giraffe Project is a UK registered charity providing educational opportunities for children and young people from extremely deprived areas of Nairobi. It works closely with 3 schools in and around the slums, and also provides support for teenagers to finish their studies in boarding schools outside. Graduates from secondary schools are sometimes offered places in vocational training colleges. All the schools are managed and run by local people.
The charity has grown steadily since its inception in 2005: last year's turnover was 189,000 GBP. The Trustees are committed to grow the charity in keeping with its stated objects, with the help of a staff of expert volunteers, and to ensure that at least 95% of all funds raised reach the projects in Kenya. In the case of sponsorships, 100% is committed to the schooling and wellbeing of each individual students sponsored.