Education and Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Ntutu Students at lunch time—innov8 Africa

Our Mission, Our Work

For more than a decade, Innov8 Africa has assisted African children in developing “life skills.”  We call our approach “activity-based learning.” When we work with schools and communities to provide clean water, our children form teams using their math and planning skills to develop water conservation programs. Schools learn to grow their own food and sell the excess produce to earn income. We grow, plant and sell trees; while teaching carbon awareness. We assist with poultry farming and beekeeping. We believe that experience is the best teacher. 

Today, we promote education and innovation for more than 10,000 students and our outreach extends to thousands more community members. Since 2010, our organization has developed 8 eco-friendly learning modules to empower students for a future of critical thinking through experience and social enterprise.

Our Approach

Our team consists of school headmasters, school board chairs, and a dedicated staff of local and international innovators. We work in concert with applicable government entities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), entrepreneurs, and private donors. Beyond our work in regional schools, we have a long-term goal to open the Innov8 Africa Learning Center, where we can showcase our 8 learning modules through demonstration, practical application, and community outreach.

Ernie with African students — Innov8 Africa
Ernie with African students

Our organization was founded by Ernie Williams in 2010, and over the years, we have grown to reach more and more students and communities in Kenya. Thanks to a generous donation from the estate of philanthropist Lee Brenneisen in 2018, we have been able to expand our programs. Our team and the students who benefit from the work of Innov8 Africa are forever grateful for Ms. Brenneisen’s contribution that will impact lives in innumerable ways for generations to come.

You, too, can be a part of changing lives now and in the future. Click here to learn how you can support Innov8 Africa.

Our Programs

The “8” in our name refers to our eight eco-friendly learning modules, developed over the past decade.

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Clean Water

We provide clean water for schools and communities in need, helping to not only sustain life but improve it dramatically by preventing water-borne illness.

Food Security

We work with schools to grow their own food and sustain reliable access to good nutrition.

Reforestation

We guide the regrowth of natural forests, raising and selling tree seedlings and supporting carbon awareness while providing global perspectives for our students.

Beekeeping

We teach communities how to create and maintain bee colonies, producing and selling honey while preserving environments through pollination. 

Poultry Farming

We provide practical training so that schools and families may successfully raise poultry both as a food source and as social enterprise.

Livestock Banking

We train families in banking and money management skills turning “money on the hoof” into “money in the bank” guarding against drought and factors leading to herd loss.

Solar Power

We supply solar-powered solutions such as solar study lamps, figuratively and literally shining a light in classrooms and in homes without electricity.

Computer Technology

We train students in computer literacy providing educational support tools, immediate access to information, and career opportunities through computer laboratories.

School children in Kenya —Innov8 Africa

Innov8 Africa is the trade name for Lee Brenneisen Foundation, a tax exempt “public charity” under §501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code.

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