New Kibera Primary School to be Dedicated to RealFoundations


October 2018 | New York City, NY - Through the devoted efforts of New York based charity, Crossing Thresholds, a new primary school will soon be built in honor of RealFoundations.  The school will be home to 350 under-served children in the Kibera Slum (Nairobi, Kenya).  

 Click image for more info about Crossing Thresholds’ progress in Kibera.

Click image for more info about Crossing Thresholds’ progress in Kibera.

Crossing Thresholds is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating learning opportunities for some of the poorest children in East Africa.  Working closely with local grassroots visionaries and educators, Crossing Thresholds has successfully opened 4 primary schools and 1 high school since 2008, providing over 1,200 local children with daily nutrition, emotional support and hope.  

RealFoundations CEO and Founder, Chris Shaida, has been serving Crossing Thresholds since its inception in 2008.  He and longtime friend, Charles “Carter” Via, visited Kibera in 2007 and returned home with a commitment to launch a nonprofit that would address the needs of hundreds of thousands of kids out of school.   Their main objective was to identify local educators, empower them to open new schools and provide students the opportunity to have a brighter future.

For nearly 10 years, Chris Shaida served as the Board Chair at Crossing Thresholds. In that role, Chris was an extraordinary advocate for underserved children.  He also leveraged the spirit of corporate responsibility at RealFoundations to channel major gifts into the expansion of our projects. His generosity has been unparalleled and has literally touched thousands of young lives.
— Carter Via, Executive Director, Crossing Thresholds

Crossing Thresholds is embarking upon its next school-building project in January 2019.  This will be a fifth primary school in Kibera and will serve students from preschool through upper primary (ages 3-14).  The new school will include a library, dining hall, kitchen and computer center, all focused on helping children gain educational, social and practical life skills.  According to Mr. Via, “Once completed, the new school will allow another 350 children to eat, to learn, and to walk forward with more confidence and hope.” On November 10th, 2018 at the Crossing Thresholds Gala in New Canaan, CT, RealFoundations will be officially honored with a pledge to dedicate the school before the end of 2019.

Last month, an initial grant of $75,000 was donated to this initiative, covering half of the estimated $150,000 in expenses for the construction and equipping of the new school.   To help Crossing Thresholds meet their goal and put in place the necessary chairs, desks, tables, kitchen ware, computers, library books and more, please consider donating to this cause, sponsored by RealFoundations, to build another learning environment for 350 beautiful young minds.  

Donations are accepted online or check, made out to:

Crossing Thresholds

168A Irving Avenue

Suite 300K

Port Chester, NY 10573

About Crossing Thresholds

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.