Registered Charity: 1136745. Trustees: Simon Brister (Secretary and Financial), Nicky Hart (Legal), John Pearce (Chairman and Educational), Sam Pearce, Stephane Janes, Hannah Rooke.

KES supports education in Kenya, by providing scholarships to significantly disadvantaged bright, pupils to be boarding students at Bahati Division Academy (BDA) and other Kenyan schools; and by contributing to resources and facilities which will assist the education of these students.

Thursday, 30 September 2021

2021 AGM update

Trustees held the AGM on 16 September 2021 and it was the first opportunity to meet face-to-face for 18 months. Thank goodness for modern technology to allow the smooth operation of the charity during the restrictions of the Covid-19 restrictions. There have been lots of emails flying backwards and forwards to facilitate collective decision-making.

As an international charity we've always embraced technology to make communication easier, but Covid-19 has meant a few more processes have been streamlined as the Kenyan schools, banks and systems have also started using more technology. Thankfully this has made fulfilling our charity financial diligence a little easier than relying on faxed or photographed receipts for every student!

During the AGM we recapped the activity and went through all elements of official business, including the year's accounts, sponsorship schedule and risk register.

We have 25 secondary students at present. 12 will graduate in March 2022 (due to the Covid-19 altered academic year), 9 will finish in December 2022 and 4 in December 2023.

As we edge closer to the dissolution of the charity, we're sad to see the natural end of the charity but an honour to see the positive impact we've made. We've helped 120 scholars throughout the charity's history and it's great to witness their continued success. 60 have already gone on to secure university places and we have high hopes for the remaining students.

And remember, each of those 120 students would not have received an education without the support of sponsors through KES charity. Thanks again to all our sponsors and supporters.

Friday, 11 September 2020

AGM update

Apologies we've been a little quiet in recent months, due to the pandemic there hasn't been much public news to share but rest assured we've been busy behind the scenes. As well as keeping in touch with our partner schools and scholars, we recently held our AGM. The meeting was a little different, this time, we went virtual. Through video conferencing we covered all our usual charity matters, plus addressed a few of the more specialist items that have arisen under the current Covid situation. There have certainly been some interesting changes to this year's charity plans, but we've adjusted accordingly as best we can - thank goodness for access to technology and good communication methods.

We'll be sharing more updates shortly in our newsletter, so keep your eyes peeled.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Scholars’ success creates a funding challenge for us

In December each year we receive results for the hard work of our secondary school leavers. Just like UK A levels, the results are eagerly awaited by students and their families, as they are the entry qualification for university. In 2019 twelve scholars completed their ‘Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education’.

Most years we have been delighted that at least 50% achieved a mean score of C+ or higher and were offered a university place. This year all twelve KES students achieved, or beat, the threshold. We are overjoyed at their hard work and the resourcefulness of their teachers. Our thanks go to Vanessa Grant Girls school (eight girls qualified) and Sacred Heart Boys (four boys qualified).

Avid readers of our Newsletters will know that students from impoverished backgrounds can apply for a government loan to cover their university fees and student accommodation, but the funds don’t arrive until after the first semester. So, KES students often couldn’t take up their places without extra financial help to get started.

Extra fundraising and donations have enabled Trustees to make one-off grants to such students in previous years. Grants generally work out at £300 per student. However, income for KES comes almost entirely from individual sponsors who sponsor individual students, so there is little spare funding. This means KES needs to raise an additional £1,800 this year to cover the unexpected and very welcome success.

So, we are making a one-off appeal to all our supporters and friends in the hope that you will help us raise the additional funds KES needs to set our twelve students up for a successful start to their first term at university.

We do hope you can support this appeal in some way. Every little counts and all donations will go directly to support KES students.

If you do want to make a donation please visit our donation page on the Charities Aid Foundation and click on the 'Donate to this charity' button.

Three of our KES scholars who secured places at university

Where the students start their education journey with KES

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

KES students at university

The success of all twelve of our KES students winning university places this year inspired us to have a look back. One illustration of the impact of your support is that at least 25 KES-sponsored students have gone on to higher education in Kenya, greatly increasing their own life chances as well as becoming role models and influencers.

Lucy Mbaire one of our KES scholars completing
environmental work on World Werlands Day as
part of her university course
We thought you might like to see what our students went on to study, as well as getting a picture of the great variety of Kenyan university degree courses.

So, here goes:

Edwin – Bachelor in Economics
Faith – Bachelor in Education (Science, Mathematics & Chemistry) – hooray! how great that she wants to teach
Martha, Michael and Elisabeth – BA Commerce
Peter Maina – Community Development
Samuel and Eliud – BSc Analytical Chemistry
Joseph – Journalism and Mass Communication
James Samuriah – Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
Stephen Mwangi – Agricultural Science at Nairobi University
Lucy Mbaire – (pictured above) for her work with a village community on World Wetlands Day – Environmental and Community Studies
Martin – Development Studies with IT (and part-time DJ apparently – according to his social media posts!)
Nahashon – Science Statistics
Ann – Kiswahili Communications
Sammy – Business IT
Enoch – Nursing (an expensive and long degree course – Enoch is realising his dream in becoming a nurse)
Peter Kanuiki – Design at Technical University of Kenya
Esther – Social Sciences
Margaret – Veterinary Studies
James Wandutu – Marine Management
Lucy – BA Arts
Josphat – BSc Mathematics and Economics with IT
Rael – BSc Procurement and Contract Management

You can see how many of the courses are vocational and also that many of our students are involved in studies which are likely to be critical to Kenya’s environment and economy. We congratulate them all on their success and wish them all the best for the future.

And on their behalf, thank you, our supporters, for making their dreams a reality.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Happy Christmas and our latest news!

KES trustee Nicky reports on her visit to Kenya with Founding Trustee Simon...

Meeting KES Students face-to-face...

We make the trip to Kenya regularly to see the KES project in action and meet face-to-face with as many of our sponsored students as we can, and talk with teachers and school heads, as well as parents, aunties, grandmas and guardians. Simon and Chair John visited last year and this September Joseph and Lydia kindly hosted Simon and I and helped greatly with the school visits. Last time we both visited together was two years ago. At that point most of our KES students were about to change secondary schools from Bahati Division Academy, as it was going to close. The boys were moving to Sacred Heart and the girls to Vanessa Grant Girls School. So we were keen this time to visit them all in their new environment and make sure they are happy and thriving.

Simon and Nicky with KES Girls at Vanessa Grant

Due Diligence

KES is currently sponsoring 53 students at six schools. We managed to visit five schools and see 49 of the students. We do look out for any issues on our visits and this time there was one, which luckily we were able to help to resolve. All the students seemed fine, as far as we could tell, apart from one, Rachel, who is the only KES student at her national school. We had been concerned about her progress and so were pleased to see her and to understand the problem. We could tell from a walk around with Rachel and our discussion with her that the school was badly under-resourced. The teachers seemed demoralised. As a result of the visit, in consultation with her adoptive grandmother, we were able to make arrangements to offer Rachel a transfer to Vanessa Grant for her last 2 years of secondary. She will be welcomed at VGG and we are sure will find everything much better resourced and join old BDA friends.

Vanessa Grant Grounds

Update from Lydia Kiuna KES Welfare Officer!

"We stayed with Rachel for two weeks whereby she had tuition in both Maths and Chemistry while also attending to her music lessons. This is as very helpful for her. She then went for her interview, at Vanessa Grant, on 28th November and passed! She was very excited together with the grandmother and really loved the school! She will be joining VGGS on 8th of January."

University successes

Most KES boys are at Sacred Heart and most girls at Starehe or Vanessa Grant. These are all excellent schools. We were reassured at Sacred Heart to spend time with Doris, the school counsellor, who moved over from BDA, and Brian, the science teacher, who also transferred from BDA. They are both kind and thoughtful teachers. The results from Sacred Heart have been very good with 6 boys out of our 7 finishers last year winning a university place. At VGG, Nancy, the principal, gave us a generous amount of her time to talk about the school and the KES students and issues in Kenyan education.

Our Kenyan visits are always rewarding and fun, thanks in large part to Joseph and Lydia Kiuna. We always learn a lot from them about current issues in Kenya, and they often have news of former students who have progressed on to university.

Starahe Dormitories

State funded Secondary Education?

Since the Kenyan government made state-funded secondary education available to all two years ago, some of the national schools have been overwhelmed by extra student numbers - accompanied by no extra funding. So, for example in Rachel’s school, she is now in a class of 57 students with the obvious detrimental effect on education. While it is great that all children are now able to access secondary education, clearly much more funding is needed to support that promise with qualified teachers.

Another issue which impinges on KES and the fortunes of our female students particularly is sex education. This is very restricted in Kenyan schools - as is information about contraception. Inevitably and regrettably Kenya suffers from a high number of teenage pregnancies, particularly in areas with the highest levels of poverty. Some of our KES students have fallen victim to this, whether at school or soon after leaving. What we try and do is to offer support and encouragement to girls to continue or return to education - one of our students who went through pregnancy and gave birth will shortly complete her school career. We hope she will continue on to university next year. Early pregnancy is not what we hope for for our students, but in that event the child will at least have an educated mother.

Starahe girls and Nicky

It was great to meet so many KES students and talk to them about their hopes and aspirations. We took photos and reported back to individual sponsors. After all this, we had a bit of a holiday at the coast too!


John, Chair of KES adds:

These visits are so important as you can tell. We, KES trustees thanked Simon and Nicky profusely and we noted that they funded the whole of this trip themselves - as always they give freely of their time and money.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer 2018 Update

Regular readers will know it's been a turbulent time for KES and so Trustees were pleased to relax a little and reflect on the solid achievements of the last nine months, or so..

You'll see in our recent posts the following good news:

1. A great letter from one of our first KES University Scholars - Lucy McBaire.  It's an inspirational read and a tribute to BDA's motto, "Impact Our World"... Lucy is certainly poised to do just that Read Lucy's email here

2. Letters and parcels are so important for our scholars and so Simon offers some tips about how to ensure yours are delivered safely  Read on here

3. Our last, certainly not least, post update, is Chair John's report on Simon and his visit to Kenya and the new schools.  This is well worth a read as it gives the detail of the new schools for our scholars.  Read John's report here


All this demonstrates that the decision to close the BDA Secondary (allowing Joseph and Lydia to focus on expanding the successful Primary) was the right decision, at the right time 9 months ago.

Thank you for your continued interest and support...

KES Trustees....