It all started with one little boy.

He was going from person to person in a Nairobi shopping centre with a note from his school headmaster.

The note said that he was admitted to school, but needed to raise 700 shillings for a school uniform before he could come to class. It closed with a simple request:

“Please help.”

The boy approached a Micato Safaris employee visiting from New York at that time. She read the note and handed him the final 600 shillings he needed-the equivalent of $15. Tears running down his face, the boy looked at her in grateful disbelief and said simply “God bless you” before dashing away.

And just like that, the idea that became AmericaShare was born.

This boy was just one of countless children in Mukuru whom are unable to raise the necessary funds to attend school. It became apparent that Micato Safaris was the perfect bridge between children in need and travellers wishing to make a meaningful difference in Africa.

So, AmericaShare was started in 1986. After over thirty years, we’ve seen enormous successes and many changed lives – and we are more committed than ever to helping to improving the lives of vulnerable and impoverished children in Mukuru.