stories of changed lives
Backpacks for Africa is Project Lucas' premiere project. It all started when our founder met a little girl named Mary who could not go to school because she lacked a simple notebook. She lacked a notebook, therefore she could not attend school for an entire term. This prompted Scott to do something to help Mary, and 13 years later thousands of backpacks have been given out to children in need.
Meredith Norris has traveled to Kenya several times with Project Lucas. In this brief video she describes the amazing experiences she's had over two different trips with one family.
Matthew 25:31-44 tells the story of what happens when we love the "least of these"—the poor, the hungry, the disenfranchised. Amy Austin's story of an important lesson she learned in Kenya with Project Lucas will help us all.
Willis is a teacher and director at Baptist Education Center in Ruiru, Kenya. He, along with several of his students, attended the 2019 Project Lucas backpack ceremony. Here, he shares an amazing word of encouragement about the impact one backpack can make in the life of a child, an entire school, and a community.
Sylvester & Isabel's story
The Project Lucas Academy was founded in 2016. It currently hosts children from preschool through 4th grade in Ruiru, Kenya. Project Lucas believes education is key, in partnership with the gospel, to help children and families escape poverty. Our head teacher and executive director share how education is being used to help children learn and shine.