From KEF Scholar to KEF Board Member!

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My name is Dominic Muema Muchema, the son of a peasant farmer from a remote village called Katulani, in Kitui County. I lost my mom when I was barely nine years old. My three brothers and I grew up under the care of our loving grandmother and later with a not-so-loving stepmother. It was tough growing up – going for nights without food, walking kilometers upon kilometers to school barefoot and on an empty stomach, then being sent away from school 99% of the time because my fees had not been paid, and so much more that it's enough content for a long novel.

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In January 2006, I managed to join high school at Kangundo High School, in Machakos County. But there was a problem. I was always among those that must go home soon after re-opening school because I did not bring the school fees. Sometimes I would stay at home for months, only to show up on the week my classmates were having their end-term exams. Nevertheless, I always topped the class.

In mid-2007, our Kiswahili teacher, Mr. Kimeu, introduced me to a man I still refer to as a “Godsend,” - Mr. Dominic Muasya. The smiley, simple-looking man, who I would later learned was the KEF Country Director listened to me attentively. I could tell from his face that he was touched. He had me fill out the KEF Scholarship Application Form and, as I left for class, he promised to be in touch with my teacher in case I got lucky.

I have never prayed so hard in my life. A few months later Mr. Muasya was back at my school with news that would change my life forever. He had secured the help of an American couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ranieri, who had agreed to support me through KEF for the rest of my high school education. You should have seen how overjoyed I was. Suddenly, I was so full of life. KEF had lit a spark of hope in my hitherto bleak life, and uncertain future.

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My school life changed completely. Within weeks, we (other KEF beneficiaries in the same school and I) were given new uniforms, mosquito nets, and textbooks. Since then, being sent back home for school fees was a thing of the past. KEF staff even came to check on us to see if anyone had any problems - which meant so much to a motherless child like me. I had all the things that I needed for a smooth stay in school. Can you imagine that?! Fast forward to 2009 when I sat for my high school national exams where I scored an impressive A Minus (A-). This was a huge success, all credit to KEF.

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I was overjoyed when I got accepted to Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Once again, KEF came to my rescue. Me and my KEF sponsor formed a close bond over four-years of writing letters which led to them generously offering me a full scholarship for my university education! I graduated on 17th of December 2015, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology.

Presently, I am a self-reliant young family man. On 29th April, 2019, my lovely wife and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We are blessed with an amazing baby boy, Baby Sean. What’s more, I am the proud founder of a start-up firm, O-Raund Solutions, which offers digital content creation and management services.

In May of this year, I was appointed to the KEF Board of Directors as a representative of all KEF alumni. I am excited to be on the Board and collaborate with other board members in pursuing the KEF objectives of fostering individual and community success through education.

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To all KEF staff, you are the real deal. For all the good work you did, and continue to do, do not tire, because it is never in vain. Long live KEF.

Ken Okoth's Legacy Lives On

On July 26th, 2019, KEF lost a family member when Hon. Ken Okoth lost his battle with cancer. Ken exemplified the impact of education on one's life.

Twenty-seven years ago, a woman in Denmark made a donation to the charity, Save the Children. From that contribution, Ken received a high school education at Starehe Boys' boarding school in Nairobi, Kenya.

Left: Ken as a student at Starehe Boys Centre

Left: Ken as a student at Starehe Boys Centre

It is impossible to calculate the return on that single donation in terms of human capital or even compound interest.
In 2006, Ken founded Children of Kibera Foundation (CoKF), which merged with KEF when he was elected to Parliament in 2013. Ken changed so many lives and the future of countless Kenyans, through which his legacy lives on.

Okoth with students in Raila Education Centre High School- Kibera

Okoth with students in Raila Education Centre High School- Kibera

To honor Ken's memory, KEF has created the Ken Okoth Memorial Kibera Scholarship Fund. All money donated to this fund will provide high school education to young people from Ken’s constituency, Kibera.

At age 41, Ken was taken from us too soon. He is survived by his wife, Monica, to whom our heartfelt sympathies go out to during this difficult time.

Ken was a national treasure whose legacy lives on in the hundreds of girls and boys from Kibera that he kept in school.

Please help us honor Ken's memory with a gift of any amount that will support deserving students in Kibera.

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Higher Education, Here We Come!

It’s time for our 2018 graduates to start the next stage of their educational journey; joining higher education institutions. A remarkable 91% of them qualified to join colleges and universities across Kenya.

To inform and assist them at this key stage of their lives, we organized an Orientation Day on June 21st, at Nairobi. This was to guide them through the process of joining universities and to give them an opportunity to talk to their predecessors about their experiences so far.

2019 Bridge Scholarship Beneficiaries

2019 Bridge Scholarship Beneficiaries

27 of them were awarded with Bridge Scholarships. These are one-year university scholarships designed to help KEF students transition to local universities as they apply to get student loans. Two others have already flown out of the country to Canada and Germany on full 4-year university scholarships courtesy of the Mastercard Foundation.

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Lilian, joining Jacobs University, Germany, to study Bio-Chemical Engineering.

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Precious, joining Quest University, Canada, to study Architecture.

Here is what some of the 2019 bridge scholars had to say;

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Teddy, going to pursue Applied Physics and Computer Science

"The orientation we had enlightened us on some important skills like money management and I also gained knowledge from older bridge beneficiaries. This will help me in my university life and in future. It came exactly at the right time."

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Vallary, going to pursue Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering

"It would have been frustrating struggling to join university. This scholarship has gone such a long way. It is truly an honor to have this opportunity to learn. KEF has been an inspiration and I hope to do the same for someone in future."


Laying The Foundations For Success

Teenagers need to have a strong sense-of-self and a variety of soft-skills in order to overcome life's challenges, as well as to seize it's opportunities. Our high-energy Life Skills Workshops help our students cultivate these skills with intensive coaching techniques, counseling and mentoring. 

(Representatives from Ladies in Helmets and scholars during an ice breaker)

(Representatives from Ladies in Helmets and scholars during an ice breaker)

146 of our students in 9th and 11th grade attended our Life Skills Workshops at African Nazarene University in April. Program topics included self-care, effective communication, time-management, reproductive health, substance abuse prevention, career guidance, as well as how to actualize their talents and so much more.

(Rosebella from Prudential Kenya engaging with students during a speed coaching session)

(Rosebella from Prudential Kenya engaging with students during a speed coaching session)

We brought in a professional counselor to guide our students through a series of self-esteem building activities. They reflected on their personal lives to cultivate self-awareness and to understand the people and experiences that influence their choices and values.  

(Sue from Ladies in Helmets engaging with students during a speed coaching session)

(Sue from Ladies in Helmets engaging with students during a speed coaching session)

Professionals from Prudential Kenya and Ladies in Helmets coached our students on the academic, social and networking efforts they must make on their way to their dream careers.
 
We also took a deep dive into their school report cards to address common hurdles students face these days. They got really good advice from their peers, professional coaches and workshop facilitators on the best ways to conquer them. 

We are so grateful to the many facilitators and mentors who volunteered their time and expertise to coach these youngsters and play a role in shaping their future.  Thank You!

(Scholars in a self-awareness group discussion)

(Scholars in a self-awareness group discussion)

KEF Rallies Kenyans to Create Change at Gala Event 

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Guests at the dinner

“For every two of us who finished high school, three did not. If we are to eradicate poverty, these numbers are not sustainable. We need as many Kenyans as possible to come together and see that poverty is eradicated through education. By educating one child, another five people are impacted,”  said Dominic Muasya, KEF Country Director, in his opening speech at KEF's 1st Annual Gala on Feb 22, 2019 at State House Girls High School, Nairobi.

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(From Left) Wendy, Boniface and Peter presenting a song)

And what a night it turned out to be!  The event's program was filled with touching tributes to KEF from alumni like Brian and Hildah who presented original poems about how KEF transformed their lives.  Benta and Heskey brought the audience to tears with speeches chronicling how KEF guided them through adolescence and into adulthood.  But it didn't stop there. Members from the class of 2018 composed and arranged beautiful harmonies that entertained our guests while they ate. 

Guest of honor, Senator Dr.Langat (left) awards Francis with a week holiday at Watamu gift voucher

Guest of honor, Senator Dr.Langat (left) awards Francis with a week holiday at Watamu gift voucher

 The Gala was graced by the Chairman of the Education Committee in the Senate, Senator Dr. Langat of Bomet, and was inspired by 2-Star Michelin Chef Mohsine Korich, of the Capital Club. 

We wish to thank everyone whose generosity made the evening a smashing success.  Particular thanks are due to Prudential Life Assurance of Kenya and those establishments, Board Members and individuals who donated raffle prizes to helped make this unforgettable event possible.

KEF Helps 500+ Kenyan Students Stay in School in 2019

KEF awarded 67 scholarships to 9th-grade students at this year's scholarship award ceremony/orientation day held on January 4th, 2019.

Awarded evenly to female and male students from across Kenya, a 4-year KEF Scholarship includes boarding school fees, uniform, a pair of shoes, textbooks, geometry set and a scientific calculator for each student.
 

Our scholars were selected through a rigorous application and interview process based on financial need and academic merit. Here are some of their amazing stories...

(Eugene & his father on orientation day)

(Eugene & his father on orientation day)

Eugene is from a village in Bungoma, western Kenya, about 260 miles from the capital city, Nairobi. He has 3 siblings and he is the first one in the family to go to high school.

Eugene oversaw constitutional affairs in the pupils’ government at his primary school. Solving problems and socializing with his mates as well as his outstanding performance in social studies are what got him elected. He is confident he will make a great lawyer someday.

(Bahsan & her mother on orientation day)

(Bahsan & her mother on orientation day)

She and her ten siblings have grown up in Wajir, a very remote nomadic area in North Eastern Kenya, about 390 miles from the capital. When asked what it is like growing in her family, she described it as miserable. She hates the utter poverty surrounding them.

Bahsan’s favorite subject is Science and she would like to be a Neuro-Surgeon. Dr. John Boore, one of the top neurosurgeons in Kenya, is her role model. She really admires the way he loves to give back and uplift his people. She would like to be successful too so that she can help her family and community.

(Brian & his mother on orientation day)

(Brian & his mother on orientation day)

Brian and his two siblings have grown up in remote and dry Kitui, 110 miles east of Nairobi. When asked to describe his home, here is what he said. “We live in a one roomed house thatched with grass, we use firewood and a tin lamp. We share bedding that is torn. The leaking parts in our roof are covered with sacks...”

He enjoys playing football since it helps him unwind, stay healthy and active. Science is his favorite subject and becoming a doctor is his career goal. Brian recently joined debate club so that he could learn to speak in front of people which is sometimes challenging for him.

(Precious & her mother on orientation day)

(Precious & her mother on orientation day)

Soipan is from Narok, a rural town about 90 miles West of Nairobi.
Her nine siblings and she have been brought up by a single mum who is a casual laborer. She says that it has been challenging. Sometimes they have had to go without food, school uniform and fees. An environment she says is not conducive for learning.
She is the first one in her family to have a real chance at high school. Four of her elder siblings had to drop out of school due to lack of fees. Soipan enjoys debate club because it boosts her confidence. Math is her favorite subject and she hopes to become an accountant.

KEF 2019 Annual Dinner

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Currently, we are supporting about 700 scholars in 150 schools across Kenya, at Kshs 75,000 each per year. Over the years, we have provided over 2,500 scholarships to needy and deserving Kenyan boys and girls. This has been made possible by the generous donations of likeminded individuals and a few corporates.

To keep our scholars in school, we are organizing a fundraising dinner which will take place on February 22nd, 2019 at Statehouse Girls’ School, Nairobi. Our theme this year is ‘Self Reliance Through Education’ and we aim to raise Kshs 5 million.

We cannot meet our goal without the help of individuals like you. Therefore, we are inviting you to come and help us fund-raise.

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2018 was a great year for KEF! We accomplished so much: 

  • 692 Kenyan high school students in school. We successfully carried out four Life Skills workshops for 9th and 11th graders

  • Career Readiness and Entrepreneurship workshop for our 2017 graduates

  • Continued to build strong partnerships with 150 of Kenya's best high schools so that KEF scholars have the best chance at success

  • Our staff visited 470 KEF scholars at partner schools across Kenya to check in on our students, see how well the new ones are settling in - making sure they have everything they need to succeed

And so much more... All thanks to your generous support.

Unstoppable; KEF Alum Winfred

My name is Winfed.

I always dreamt of becoming a great entrepreneur. You see, my mum sells fish in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi.  As a child I used to help her with her business, nurturing the young entrepreneur in me.

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We were six of us living with our parents in the slum.  I wanted a better life for all of us.  Mom and dad did not earn enough money to pay for me to go to high school, so my only chance was to excel in my eighth-grade exams. In the end I did very well and got a KEF scholarship for 4-years of boarding high school.

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I am most grateful that KEF concentrated on making us well-rounded people with their workshops, coaching and community service activities. KEF Career Workshops helped me network with various local professionals who advised me on career opportunities and how to get there by focusing on my dreams. 

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Using the confidence and knowledge I developed with KEF, after high school I managed on my own to get a 90% scholarship to Strathmore University - a prestigious business school in Kenya!   Today I have a Bachelor of Business Information and Technology.

As someone who has benefited from the support of strangers, I now have it my heart to help others.  After volunteering at Kenyatta Hospital, the national hospital in Kenya, I founded Love Health Foundationto help families pay their children’s medical bills.  

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In Kenya, patients are not released from the hospital until payment is received. Love Health Foundation makes sure children do not spend months trapped inside hospitals because their parents are poor. 

Currently, I am working at Cellulant in Nairobi as a Support Engineer. I hope to rise even higher as I focus on becoming a data scientist. I believe I am in the right company that will help me grow my career.

Thank you to KEF and everyone who helped make me who I am today.  

 Winfred Anyona
 (KEF 2013 Class)

In Bloom - KEF Alumni

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In October, the KEF Alumni Association held its Annual General Meeting  (AGM) at the Nairobi Arboretum Park where they networked and discussed ways of giving back to KEF. The 400-member Association will provide geometry sets, as well as branded pens and notebooks to the 2019 incoming KEF scholars.  They also set a goal to begin sponsoring KEF students by 2020 with money raised from membership dues and fundraising events.

The Alumni Association is a registered Community Based Organization (CBO) that is independently lead and run by former KEF scholars. Their mission is:

"To inform, engage and inspire alumni to stay connected to Kenya Education Fund, support its programs and contribute to its continuous success, as well as promote the personal and professional growth of its members."

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KEF’s Executive Director, Bradley Broder, attended this year's AGM. Here's what he had to say about the experience: 
 "For me, being at the Alumni AGM was like seeing KEF's mission in action.  So many of our alumni who are now in university or who have started careers have not only managed to break out poverty, but they are also helping others do the same.  You can tell that they are grateful for the opportunity KEF has given them because they are passionate about paying it forward.  I could not be more proud of our alumni."

Alumni Highlight

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Even though I was born on fool’s day, I always knew I was destined for greatness. My name is John and this is my story.

In my final 8th grade exam I did well enough to get into a good high school, which I never could have afforded if not for the generosity of my sponsor and KEF.

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But being a KEF student was not just about having your school fees paid.  Even better, KEF paid us visits at school making us feel part of a big family, a loved family.

After my 12th grade, I joined theTechnical University of Kenya to pursue Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BBIT) where I attained a First-Class Honors.  I always had a passion for computing and I am currently working as an ICT consultant, developer and a system analyst.

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I also happen to be the director of an IT company, Reference Technologies, that deals with software, mobile applications, security systems, and other ICT solutions. Thank you so much KEF for holding my hand. I will surely do so for another person in need.

Strengthening Partnerships

KEF envisions a self-reliant Kenya achieved through access to quality education. An important part of our strategy involves  building strong partnerships with   150 of Kenya's best high schools  so that KEF Scholars have the best possible chance at success.

KEF envisions a self-reliant Kenya achieved through access to quality education. An important part of our strategy involves building strong partnerships with 150 of Kenya's best high schools so that KEF Scholars have the best possible chance at success.

Each partner school selects a teacher to liaise with the KEF Nairobi office,  helping our staff support KEF Scholars at their boarding schools faster and more efficiently.

Each partner school selects a teacher to liaise with the KEF Nairobi office, helping our staff support KEF Scholars at their boarding schools faster and more efficiently.

In August, KEF hosted  49 liaison teachers at a 2-day conference  in Nairobi where we thanked them for their partnership, discussed challenges and solutions related to working together, and then explored emerging  trends in education ,  social media, technology,   design thinking and   alumni retention.

In August, KEF hosted 49 liaison teachers at a 2-day conference in Nairobi where we thanked them for their partnership, discussed challenges and solutions related to working together, and then explored emerging trends in education, social media, technology, design thinking and alumni retention.

Bradley Broder , KEF's executive director says, " We feel that liaison teachers are the essential component to helping KEF scholars unleash their full potential during the 4-years of their KEF scholarship.    By engaging dedicated teachers, they buy-in to KEF's vision    and understand their role in taking our scholars to the next level."

Bradley Broder, KEF's executive director says, "We feel that liaison teachers are the essential component to helping KEF scholars unleash their full potential during the 4-years of their KEF scholarship. By engaging dedicated teachers, they buy-in to KEF's vision and understand their role in taking our scholars to the next level."

Liaison teachers have helped dozens of our scholars  start peer-led clubs in their schools . For example, KEF Scholars at Bahari Girls Secondary School established a club to  fundraise for other needy students ; at St. Mary’s Girls' in Isiolo (in arid Kenya) they plant trees and flowers to beautify the school; and at Baraka Ontooyie School, a club that  mentors kids in a local orphanage .

Liaison teachers have helped dozens of our scholars start peer-led clubs in their schools. For example, KEF Scholars at Bahari Girls Secondary School established a club to fundraise for other needy students; at St. Mary’s Girls' in Isiolo (in arid Kenya) they plant trees and flowers to beautify the school; and at Baraka Ontooyie School, a club that mentors kids in a local orphanage.

KEF recognizes the  dedication, sacrifice and passion  of these special teachers. We thank them for enriching the lives of all Kenyan students and for helping KEF realize our vision of self-reliance through education.

KEF recognizes the dedication, sacrifice and passion of these special teachers. We thank them for enriching the lives of all Kenyan students and for helping KEF realize our vision of self-reliance through education.

KEF Grads On Their Way to Higher-Ed

An incredible  80%  of KEF's 2017 graduating class qualified to join colleges compared to Kenya's  national average of only 16%!

An incredible 80% of KEF's 2017 graduating class qualified to join colleges compared to Kenya's national average of only 16%!

University education in Kenya is quite costly for the average Kenyan.  The  KEF bridge scholarship s designed to help high-achieving KEF graduates transition to local universities as they apply to get student loans.

University education in Kenya is quite costly for the average Kenyan.
The KEF bridge scholarships designed to help high-achieving KEF graduates transition to local universities as they apply to get student loans.

In July,  thirty of our best 2017 scholars  were awarded with a Bridge Scholarship   at an orientation ceremony where previous bridge scholars were invited to share their experiences and offer  guidance and advice .

In July, thirty of our best 2017 scholars were awarded with a Bridge Scholarship at an orientation ceremony where previous bridge scholars were invited to share their experiences and offer guidance and advice.

Even without a KEF bridge scholarship to university, 82% of KEF alumni transition to higher education on their own or get a job within two-years of graduating high school . By simply helping Kenyan students complete high school, KEF opens a world of opportunities for them. For example, in June, Philitricia (left) graduated Middlebury College  in Vermont, which gave her a full scholarship. Congratulations Phily!

Even without a KEF bridge scholarship to university,82% of KEF alumni transition to higher education on their own or get a job within two-years of graduating high school. By simply helping Kenyan students complete high school, KEF opens a world of opportunities for them. For example, in June,Philitricia (left) graduated Middlebury College in Vermont, which gave her a full scholarship. Congratulations Phily!

Equipping High School Students with Life Skills

KEF recently wrapped up our annual series of life skills workshops in Nairobi for 175 Scholars in 9th and 11th grade who came together from 70 different high schools throughout Kenya. 

(Students in an Academic Guidance session)

(Students in an Academic Guidance session)

The focus of these workshops is to train high schoolers on essential life skills such as self-awareness, character development, effective communication, reproductive health, career and academic guidance, talent actualization, community service and so much more.

(Stella, in a Self-Awareness discussion)

(Stella, in a Self-Awareness discussion)

The workshop facilitators included KEF staff & alumni, a licensed social worker to help kids with trauma, as well as university mentors from Africa Nazarene University.
In the evenings the learners would unwind with outdoor activities aimed at developing problem solving & networking skills and encouraging teamwork.

(Students during outdoor activities)

(Students during outdoor activities)

The scholars lauded the workshops as being informative and of great value because they do not learn most of these skills in the regular school curriculum. 

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(Students during ice-breaking session )

One of the scholars, Charity, wrote a really touching thank you note to all the workshop facilitators.

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KEF's Class of 2017 Ready for Careers

KEF recently hosted 118 of our recent high school graduates for a week-long Career Readiness and Entrepreneurship workshop (CREW) at African Nazarene University – Nairobi. The aim of the workshop is to prepare our high school graduates for the transition to higher learning, entrepreneurship and to the careers of their choice. 

(Paul and Roselyne in a self awareness session)

(Paul and Roselyne in a self awareness session)

The students were engaged in topics such as self-awareness, effective communication, drug awareness, HIV/AIDS prevention and a talent show among others. 

(Paul, a pilot, speaking during one of the career panels)

(Paul, a pilot, speaking during one of the career panels)

The most remarkable part of the workshop was the career panels where our recent graduates were treated to the experience, guidance and wisdom of professionals in different careers.  Among the esteemed panelists were a pilot, doctor, pharmacist, lawyer, engineer, and HR professional and several entrepreneurs including a baker, a car hire service provider, an investor in the oil and energy sector, a beautician and owner of coach bus company.

(Eng. Waiharo engaging some students after one of the panels)

(Eng. Waiharo engaging some students after one of the panels)

CREW 2018 was truly a life changing experience for our high school graduates.  As they embark on the next chapter of their lives, the knowledge and insights they acquired here will guide their journey, transforming their dreams into careers.

(Faith and Winnie displaying their prototype in an Entrepreneurship session)

(Faith and Winnie displaying their prototype in an Entrepreneurship session)

Mary - a KEF alum in attendance at CREW - says, "I am so happy to have come this far. If it were not for KEF, I would not have had a chance to go to university. This workshop has taught me so many valuable skills, especially on effective communication and entrepreneurship, I cant wait to go out there and conquer the world!"

(Agnes & Patroba during dinner)

(Agnes & Patroba during dinner)

The workshop was crowned by a white dinner party where scholars enjoyed great food and danced the night away. 

Mother's Day

"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness." Jessica Lange

Beth, is exactly that. Bringing up her two children has been a struggle. As an asthmatic living in a very cold area in the Aberdare mountain range, Beth has had to work selflessly as a ‘mama mboga’ (produce seller) and casual laborer to support her children.
In 2018, KEF awarded Beth's bright daughter, Benitah, a 4-year KEF boarding scholarship to Limuru Girls' School, which was very far from where the family lived.  So as any good mother would do, Beth moved to work in Thika - a town very close to Benitah's new school - just so that she can be closer to her daughter.

                                                  (Benitah with her mum Beth)

                                                  (Benitah with her mum Beth)

Like Lance Conrad said, "There is no heroism greater than motherhood."
We celebrate you, mama Benitah, and all the special mothers in the KEF family of students, staff, supporters and partners.

Happy Mother's Day!

KEF Staff Visit 470 Scholars in March

This month, KEF staff visited 470 of our scholars in about 95 KEF partner schools across Kenya. The purpose of the visits was to check in on our students, see how well the new ones are settling in, talk to their teachers and maintain our good relationships with the school administrators.

                                    (KEF staff Geoffrey visiting students at Oyugi Ogango high school in Migori, western Kenya)

                                    (KEF staff Geoffrey visiting students at Oyugi Ogango high school in Migori, western Kenya)

Our scholars are doing exceptionally well, with a number of KEF students among the top scorers in their classes.  Most have joined extra-curricular clubs and represent their schools during co-curricular activities like science congress, drama festival and sporting competitions. 

 
We were also very proud to see so many KEF scholars taking up leadership roles in their respective schools as Head Girls or Boys, Prefects and Captains. They expressed a lot of gratitude to their sponsors and are thrilled to be in school. 

                                                                (KEF scholars at Chogoria girls' high school - a national school)

                                                                (KEF scholars at Chogoria girls' high school - a national school)

Coming up in April we have KEF Life Skills Workshops for our 9th and 11th graders, as well as KEF's Career readiness, Reproductive health and Entrepreneurship Workshop (CREW) that focuses on getting our recent high school graduates ready for the career world.

It's Women's Month!

KEF commemorated International Women's day on March 8th 2018 by shining a light on our female scholars and alumni who continue to break glass ceilings wherever they are. One of the ladies making us proud is 25 year old alumni, Naomi.

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"I joined the kef family in 2008, when I was just 16 years old and in 10th grade at Bahati P.C.E.A Girl’s in Nakuru County. I was just a young girl with a dream. Getting a KEF scholarship was such a huge blessing for me since this was just after  post elections violence. My family and I fled the place we called home and left behind every little thing we ever owned to start a new life and it has never been the same again.

KEF supported me throughout high school. I later joined Multimedia University College of Kenya, I took diploma in mass communication and graduated in 2013. Currently am working at a Law firm on weekdays as a communications person and on weekends I do videography and photography around Nairobi.

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I am proud to be among the pioneers of the KEF Alumni Association which we founded in August 2014. I am currently theCountry CoordinatorI joined it so that I can give back and help a bright needy student achieve his or her dreams as I did.

I am also happy that through KEF I got to meet other wonderful scholars who are now like my siblings. It is because of KEF I got a chance to pursue the course of my choice in college and now living my dream. ASANTE KEF!!!"

 

KEF Awards 200 New Scholarships in 2018

The KEF Scholarship Award Ceremony was held on Friday, January 5th 2018. KEF awarded 200 scholarships out of the 5,000 applications it received. 
Scholarships were awarded evenly to female and male students and included boarding school fees, uniform, a pair of shoes, books (mathematics table, Dictionary, Kamusi and Atlas), a geometry set, a scientific calculator and sanitary pads for the girls.

                                                                              New student (center) receiving school supplies from KEF alumni.

                                                                             New student (center) receiving school supplies from KEF alumni.

The ceremony was a success; led by a very energetic MC, our very own,Francis Ng’ang’a (left below). During the event, students were directed on how to conduct themselves, their responsibilities to KEF and informed about the the various KEF workshops they will attend. The parents were also guided on their roles and expectations. ‘To whom much is given, much is expected’, was the mantra emphasized by KEF alumni as they shared their stories and experiences with our new scholars. 

Gift Mtukwa (right above), chairman of religion, African Nazarene University(ANU), crowned the event with a great motivational speech by saying, “Average people do not change the society, people of excellence do.” 

Here is a short video highlighting the day we gave our new scholars their supplies.

9th Annual Power Travel Luxury Expo, Long Island!

The 9th Annual Power Travel Luxury Expo was held on Tuesday, April 12th from 6-9 PM at Cold Spring Country Club on Long Island. More than 100 guests enjoyed the opportunity to meet luxury travel vendors, learn about exciting travel destinations and win prizes via silent auction and raffle. 

Proceeds from this fantastic event went to KEF. 

Over the last nine years, the Power Travel Luxury Expo has raised closed to $600,000 for KEF. We are so thankful to Power Travel, the luxury travel vendors, event sponsors and attendees. With your help, KEF is able to keep thousands of Kenyan children in school with educational scholarships.

Special Thanks to our Generous Event Sponsors
Signature Bank
ARCAP, Inc

Thank You to the Luxury Travel Vendors
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Ponant Cruises and ClubMed, The Palms Turks & Caicos, Belmond, Oceania Cruises, Rocky Mountaineer, Silversea Cruises, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sceptre, Sandals, Norwegian Cruise Line, Tauck Tours, Uniworld, SeaDream Yacht Club, Nizuc Resorts, Leading Hotels of the World, Island Destinations, Casa de Campo, MJL Select, Regent Cruises, The Sol Group, Crystal Cruises, Atlantis Paradise, Classic Vacations, Le Sirenuse, Ciao Italy, Grace Bay Resorts, All About Hawaii, Tahiti Legends, Alpine Adventures, Way to Go Costa Rica, Marnella Tours, Trails of Indochina, Celebrity Cruises & Royal Caribbean Cruises, Travel Impressions, Daphne Warner Luxury, Southern World, Disney Destinations, Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Game Lodges, Wegner Associates, Occidental Hotels, Camera Land, Discover Africa, Mabat Platinum Ltd, Collette, Half Moon, Isram / Israel, Scenic Luxury Cruises, Sceptre, Hyatt Zilara & Hyatt Ziva, The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel and many more.