Yes. Donations are tax deductible in Australia, eligible for Gift Aid in the UK and available by our partnership organisation in Belgium. Receipts are generated automatically via GoFundraise for Australia and BT Giving for the UK. For further information, please vist the Donate section of our website.
We can facilitate donations from anywhere in the world. Please reach out to us via the Contact Us page and we will gladly help you through the process.
Donations are transferred from Kickstart’s bank accounts in Australia and the UK to Nanga Organization, our development partner in Kenya. From there, Kickstart’s funds are applied directly to approved expenditure at Olturoto Children’s Village. Kickstart receives confirmations of all transfers to ensure that your donations reach their intended purposes. Kickstart is audited on an annual basis in Australia as is Nanga Organization in Kenya. Kickstart’s founder, James Woodward, sits on Nanga’s board and Nanga’s finance committee is chaired by a partner at KPMG Kenya.
100% of your donations to Kickstart Kids International go directly to support our work in Kenya at Olturoto Children’s Village. To lead by example, the board and management team of Kickstart Kids International in Australia has pledged to cover 100% of administration expenses incurred for the entire Australian organisation.
We have a mixture of house mothers, social workers, child psychologists, counsellors and teachers that support the children at Olturoto Children’s Village on a daily basis. All staff are required to maintain current Certificates of Good Conduct from the Kenyan Police and are bound by Nanga Organisation’s Child Protection Policy and other strict procedures to ensure the safety of the children is our highest priority.
A number of Kickstart supporters have visited our projects in Kenya over the years. Our programs are focused on local empowerment and capacity building so staffing positions are actively filled by local staff rather than volunteers. That being said, you are welcome to visit the children. For further information, please use the Contact Us page.
We are happy to answer any further questions that are not covered above. Please use the Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.