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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the scholars, Charity, wrote a really touching thank you note to all the workshop facilitators.
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.
The students were engaged in topics such as self-awareness, effective communication, drug awareness, HIV/AIDS prevention and a talent show among others.
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.
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.
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!"
The workshop was crowned by a white dinner party where scholars enjoyed great food and danced the night away.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
I am proud to be among the pioneers of the KEF Alumni Association which we founded in August 2014. I am currently theCountry Coordinator. I 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!!!"
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.
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.
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
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.
On Sunday, April 3rd, KEF board members Ricki Kanter, Cathy Gorrell, Mittie Rooney and Rebecca Hudecek hosted a fantastic event for a group of loyal KEF supporters. The event was held at D.C.'s most talked about new development, the CityCenter. We thank Ricki and Joel Kanter for opening up their home to us.
Guests enjoyed drinks, bites and the chance to speak with two of KEF's most successful alumni, Shina and Philitricia. We would like to thank everyone who joined us for this special evening.