The KEF mission is to provide deserving yet economically disadvantaged students in Kenya, and their schools, with support and educational resources so that they may improve their communities and break the cycle of poverty in Kenya.
WHERE WE WORK
Kenya is situated in East Africa with approximately 45 million inhabitants. Its capital, Nairobi, is one of the most prominent cities on the African continent. Kenya is known for its diversity; 42 distinct African ethnicities, varied climate and geography, safaris and expansive wildlife reserves and national parks. English and Kiswahili are both official languages. Agriculture remains the backbone of the Kenyan economy.
In 2003, Kenya abolished school fees for primary school, up to grade 8. Overnight, school attendance swelled and the system became over-burdened. Currently, the student-teacher ration is approximately 86:1.
While access to primary school has increased, secondary school enrollment is stuck at around 50%. This is largely because of insurmountable school costs and widespread poverty. It is estimated that 65% of Kenyan students will not complete 12 years of schooling.