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.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Happy New Year 2012 and Review of 2011

We wish all sponsors, supporters and especially all at BDA a prosperous New Year!  Thank you for your support in 2011.  We hope you continue to stay in touch and support us throughout and beyond 2012.

2011 has been a great year for we Trustees and for BDA.  It all started with our visit to Nakuru Kenya in February.  Joseph and Lydia made us very welcome indeed and it was great to meet the students, staff and parents.

We were shown round the school
and were really impressed.
Simon, John, Nicky and Dodo planted trees in the quad.
Each class told us about their work
John worked with the teachers.

We saw the new dormitory block
(This is the girls' the boys' is blue)
John took his guitar and the favourite was
"There was an old lady who swallowed a fly!"

Joseph unveiled a plaque to thank
Simon for his years of sponsorship

Exploring differences
We were made VERY welcome wherever we went.

We were welcomed into sponsored children's
houses and heard their stories.

This visit made us even more confident about the work of  BDA.  We resolved to ensure that every penny raised by KES would go direct to the school and that we would fund administration ourselves and not use donations.

At the end of 2011 KES, through generous support is sponsoring 27 students, some day and some borders and we have raised, and are raising money, for games and especially the new IT facilities. This will be a great boost for the school.  We were the delighted to receive news from Lydia and Joseph and see the new secondary block taking shape in July and opening in November.

The build in progress, using local labour
The official opening on 26th November

Students ready to enter their new school!
Infant graduation.
The reception for friends and parents.

So, the New Year heralds the first term of a new Secondary School Building and the opening of the IT facilities.  These IT facilities have been helped by monies from both the Rotary Club of Matlock and the Rotary Club of Sutton-in-Ashfield.  Simon and John have spoken to these clubs and are happy to speak to other clubs, societies and organisations to spread the word about KES (hint hint)  

Sponsors and supporters can be confident that all monies raised will go to this great cause and, as we continue to stress, none will be spent on administration.  

For more about KES go to Recent Posts or read the separate pages "What is KES and what is a BLOG?" and  "KES Trust Deed"

John on behalf of Trustees