PALM was founded in 1978 and operated first as a Society under the name Literacy and Evangelism Fellowship (L&EF). The name change was done in 2006 to respond to the new avenues of ministry that were beginning to emerge in the region and which the old name would have restricted its entry into. We are the East and Central Africa Regional partners for Literacy and Evangelism International of Tulsa USA. In 1994, PALM (the L&EF) received a UNESCO Recognition Award for meritorious work in literacy within Kenya and Eastern Africa. In the years 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, L&EF/PALM was voted by the Kenyan Government as “The NGO with the best Literacy programs” in the country. PALM has undertaken work in Tanzania, Somaliland, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Namibia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius and S. Sudan. In 2007, the board of PALM initiated the Africa Office to take care of the regional opportunities that were beginning to emerge.
Teacher’s Workshops, Primer Construction Workshops, Capacity Building and we partner with other organizations to provide Literacy Assessments.
PALM has two Literacy consultants working fulltime for the organization, a Programs officer and a qualified Accountant. PALM also has Associate Literacy Consultants working in different regions in diverse Education Development Programs.
The Board consists of the three members elected at the Organization’s A.G.M. Each member serves two, three-year terms and then rotates out. The Board is in charge of policy formulation, trusteeship and stewardship. The National Director is the chief executive officer of the organization and reports to the Board. The Board meets at least four times a year.
Evariste is a Belgian trained Electrical Engineer who also holds a Masters Degree in Communication. He has served with the United Bible Societies for many years in many countries.
Suji, is a Social Development Consultant in private practice. He holds a Masters degree in in Community Development. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Daystar University, Nairobi.
Peter is a Certified Public Accountant and a part time lecturer at a CORAT, a Leadership Training College based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Joseph Matheka (the Director) trained in Kenyatta University as a teacher. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Literacy Program Development at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK.