Crossroads Springs Africa facilitates secondary and post-secondary education for disadvantaged Kenyan youth so they can reach their potential and become sources of economic and leadership strength in their communities.

CSA To Host Its Fifth Annual Derby Party at the Historic Knox Main House

Crossroads Springs Africa will host its fifth annual Derby Party, “Off to the Races”, at the historic Knox Family Main House in Knox Farm State Park on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Guests will be able to watch the “Run for the Roses” live on several big screen TVs. The event will take place from 4:30 to 9:00pm and will include a buffet catered by the Roycroft Inn, a mint julep bar, beer and wine bars, a live band, live and silent auctions as well as pre-race fun and games and a Best Hat Contest.

The estate, formerly the “Ess-Kay Farm”, is a fitting venue for the Derby event as it has had a rich equestrian past. The farm was home to champion trotters and pacers and later to many polo ponies. It had three polo fields and two polo stables. One of the several rooms where “Off to the Races” will take place still has the original Eastman Kodak photographs of Knox family members and their horses on the walls.

Proceeds from the event will support our mission of providing secondary and post secondary education for deserving but disadvantaged students in Western Kenya. We would be honored to greet you on May 4th. Join us and have a blast! Tickets for “Off to the Races” can be purchased online via the event's page which is here. Please contact Michele Pellette; Cell/text: (716) 400-4698; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.


Our 35 first year high school students were selected by our staff in Kakamega, Kenya, and our local Hamisi, Kenya Board who visited the applicants’ homes and assessed needs, considered their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education 8th grade test results, and weighed qualities that indicated good character. Our students began the school year in January and have all been placed in high schools. Each of these students would love to have a sponsor. You can find out more about them by going here.


From July 23 to August 14, 2018 CSA Board Member Mary Klaus, along with two other Western New York residents, met up with the Friends of Kakamega team and traveled to Western Kenya for a visit with our students and staff as well as with the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre children. The trippers packed extra suitcases full of supplies for the children which included yarn, towels, fleece jackets, soccer balls, tooth brushes, fluoride treatments and more! Approximately 110 children received fluoride treatments, a program that began two years ago at KOCC and has become an annual event, thanks to our friend, Tom Potts DDS who trained our volunteers and donated supplies and equipment. Thanks also to our local dentists for donating toothbrushes. Pastor Ida said there have been fewer trips to the dentist! The trip proved to be an inspiring and enriching experience. Mary Klaus, who is our sponsorship chair, was able to meet with our CSA secondary students including during home visits in Hamisi. Our team in Kenya, Grace and Lydia, who manage our student program, met with Mary to discuss our program and to offer additional information on the progress of each of our students. Mary visited four of our students’ homes in Hamisi. She was able to meet with the student, parents, grandparents and/or caregivers at each home to gain a better understanding of the challenges our students face on a daily basis. She said that “In most cases we reached the houses from a foot path. For me, it was a humbling experience. The homes are made of stick frames and mud.”