Big Win Philanthropy supports other work besides its main programs described in other sections.
Prevention of mother-to-child HIV infection: Born Free, Kenya
Big Win Philanthropy previously partnered with Born Free in 2016 to support an investment in a Rapid Response Team for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. In 2015, Kenya’s mother-to-child transmission rate was its lowest ever at 8%. Kenya stands to eliminate mother-to-child transmission in the near future.
Supporting Kenya’s national program for volunteer teachers, G-United
In 2017, the Presidency and the Ministry of Education in Kenya entered the third year of its national program G-United. This recruits recent graduates to volunteer for one year in a school, teaching remedial numeracy and literacy. During this time they are hosted by a local family and are also expected to initiate and complete a project that will benefit the local community. The program has many benefits – school pupils get tutoring in small groups to improve their reading and maths, graduates gain training and experience in “soft skills” such as project management, and because the graduates are away from their homes among people who do not share their background, the program also builds tolerance and social cohesion. Big Win supported an evaluation of the 2017 program which found that about half of the children improved their reading ability. This evidence is encouraging for the government, which plans to roll out the program from its current level of 600 volunteers reaching 11,000 students each year, to 10,000 volunteers reaching 200,000 students by 2020.