Fred Ndavi grew up in a small village in Kenya, where a complete education was available to only the highest-performing students with the financial means to afford it. As one of the privileged few, Fred completed high school and went on to attend college at Dallas Baptist University in the United States.
Throughout his education, Fred was keenly aware of how very blessed he had been. He knew he was no more deserving than any of the others who hadn’t been as lucky, so he decided he must use his advantaged position to help others who – like him – yearned to discover the possibilities of their potential.
Inspire Spaces was born out of the idea that education is about much more than knowledge passed from teacher to student. In order to learn, children need to feel safe and uplifted in their school spaces. With this in mind, Fred returned to Kenya with groups of volunteer friends to begin transforming basic school houses into beautiful, functional, inspiring spaces.
Fred and his colleagues quickly realized that better buildings alone could not cancel out the glaring lack of resources preventing so many young people from continuing their education. Students facing such poverty, violence, food insecurity, and disability simply did not have the means to rise above their circumstances.
Inspire Spaces went all in on fundraising and mobilized to change that.