The Thunder Foundation was set up in 2012 by Raad Swais to raise awareness of the daily struggles which some of the poorest children in Kenya face in order to survive. In early 2013 Raad decided to go a step further and offer children a life changing opportunity: an education and so TTF opened its first primary school in the slums of Kawangware, Nairobi. Children are selected on a ‘highest needs’ basis. Sadly, most children suffer tremendously from malnutrition and many others from extremely serious illnesses. As an organization, TTF believe strongly that the balance of food, education and health must all be attained to ensure the students are progressing and that the whole-child is developing! TTF are very proud of the fact that their school is the first of its kind in Nairobi (and maybe Kenya) to provide free education, free food, free uniforms, free books, and free health cover to its students.
They also fund two football coaches every evening to coach 110 Nairobi street children who have no homes. These teams compete regularly against local schools and to-date have had excellent results.
100% of all donations to this charity go directly to the children in the school in Nairobi – there is no middle man. Raad, his team in Nairobi, his family and a small group of fundraisers in the UK believe strongly that: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ (Nelson Mandela) and all funds raised at the Portsmouth Beer Festival will go directly to TTF Nairobi to meet the children’s educational needs.