The Karat School Project was founded in November 2017 by Evelyne Keoman in Palo Alto, California. Evelyne was born and raised in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She was a little girl who was not given much chance at education and became a teen mom at the age of 16. From her earliest childhood, she understood first-hand, what it meant to live in poverty, to go hungry and be unable to go to school. She recognized early on that without a good education her options would be limited. Evelyne taught herself how to read, sold cold water on the market to pay her school tuition when she had finally reach reading level that allowed her to attend school. Later, after having her son, she went on to attend night school.
At the age of 26 she moved with her young son to the United States, in hope of a better future for both of them. Her very first task was to gain an education that will allow her to integrate society. Today, Evelyne holds a bachelor’s in psychology and hopes to obtain her master’s degree in special education. Her son is currently attending college.
By U.S. standards, Evelyne is a low-income single mother. Even so, she has financed herself most of the KSP fundraising efforts. She is on a mission to give back to her community, and become the help she wished she had when she was younger. She wants to make sure that children - particularly girls, get a chance at a quality education for a better life and future. She wants to ensure that children are not on the street working for meals instead of attending school and putting their lives at risk of being rapped and/or kidnaped by local black market organizations.
Her passion is to educate women to empower them, bring them to literacy and financial stability, so that they, in return, can raise tomorrow’s generation of next leaders. The mothers in the community, including widows, single mothers, and young girls have been a focus of our community outreach program.
Provide early education to instill the love of learning.
Provide a quality education that includes new technology to bring children to the educational standard of the world they live in.
Give children in extreme poverty the opportunity to reach their true potential.
Provide urgently needed necessities including nutritional meals to enable students and their families to focus on learning.
Educate to eradicate poverty and inequality in a sustainable manner & feed any hungry children that come to us because a hungry stomach cannot learn.
Our Core Values
As Christ followers, we operate and serve as a non-denominational, faith-based organization
We want to be a blessing to others and share love.
Every child is a diamond in the rough, give them equal chances
Break the cycle of extreme poverty through education
We instill the love of learning that will last a lifetime
Educate mothers as they raise the next generation of leaders
Empower them to provide for their families
Equip them to raise tomorrow’s leaders
Give them a good foundation so they can raise the standard for future generations.