1966 - 2004
With his huge smile and love of life, Michael was an inspiration to us all. An incredibly capable, honest and loving person. From 2000 - 2004 Michael worked in Kenya with Dr. JWK Harris on the Koobi Fora Field School where he was the lead mechanic and head of logistics.
Very sadly in 2004 Michael lost his life to cancer. As a family we traveled to Kenya to meet his wonderful friends and visit the places he had been and talked so often of. The Kenyans truly loved Michael - his strength of character and his openess.
As a memorial to Michael we formed The Michael Cronhelm Foundation Trust and support children and education in Northern Kenya. We know he would be very proud of this and it is our life long commitment to continue fundraising and building educational facilities to advance learning.
We thank you for time today spent looking through the MCFT website.
Supporting Education In Northern Kenya
The Michael Cronhelm Foundation Trust has been working in Northern Kenya building educational facilities since 2009. To date the foundation has built a much needed library for the Daasanach community in Ileret, started a preschool and fully supports El Bokoch School. During 2015 and 2016 we built four new classrooms at the school. In 2017 we are planning to build two new classrooms and a library at El Bokoch School, which will enable it to become a dual primary and high school - the first in Ileret.
It took three trips to Ileret to complete the building of the library with the help of volunteers from New Zealand and the USA. Since the opening in 2010 the children have benefited immensely from having access to books. In 2011 we received the great news from the local headmaster to say that he had a call from the Education Department in Nairobi informing them that all the children had jumped a grade in their national exams.
Having access to books enabled the children to do this.
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THE MICHAEL CRONHELM FOUNDATION TRUST.
Registered as a charitable entity under the New Zealand
Charities Act 2005.