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.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Joseph and Lydia meet the sponsors

Sunday 23rd September was a good day for KES!  It was great to see so many friends and sponsors  at Simon's house in Carsington. Well done Simon for making the arrangements for the visit and all those last minute changes!

Simon and Nicky relax
now it's actually happening

The room was buzzing when Joseph and Lydia visited England to meet the first gathering of sponsors.
John welcomes everyone
All agreed it was both a moving and happy experience as Simon and Joseph told what we now refer to as "The Story".
Simon tells the story
It was great for us all  to meet each other and even better to receive school reports and letters from our sponsored youngsters.  We thank you for the presents Lydia and Joseph - I sit wrapped in my blanket drinking Kenyan coffee as I type this BLOG on a damp October morning.
Joseph and Rotarian Danny
Matlock Rotarians discuss under
the watchful eye of President Peter
Simon's newsletter tells you more (see below) and these pictures tell their own story....

Dodo keeps the supply chain moving
Carol and Carole catch up
Jenny Headteacher from All Saints
our BDA twinned school with Lydia
So much was discussed, so much done and so much to do but after the AGM we retired to a local pub and reflected...

So, how was it for you?
What warmed our hearts was how much goodwill there was amongst the people in that room....

We must meet again!


The Autumn Newsletter is now here

Friday, 30 March 2012

Giraffe with no name from Kenya links with school in England!

Once upon a time, in February 2011, a Giraffe, with no name began a long, long  journey from his home in Bahati Division Academy in Nakuru, Kenya. He had been sent on this journey by children from BDA, who had given him to Mr Simon Brister.  Now, Mr Brister is frightened of big animals and so he gave the giraffe, with no name, to his friend Mr John Pearce (who is not frightened of anything) and told him to find some friends in another country, who might look after the giraffe...with no name.

After walking, running and even flying, for many months, the giraffe came to England and, eventually, a little town called Wigston in Leicestershire.  You can imagine that by now, the Giraffe, with no name, was very, very tired and a little bit lost. All together,  "Ahh..."   But don't worry because he soon found a warm welcome at All Saints Church of England School.  

Mrs Jenny Marshall the head teacher was just preparing for School Assembly when in he came, with his helper Mr John Pearce. The children were very pleased to see him (and the giraffe) and decided to sing some hymns to make him feel more at home.

Then Mr Pearce showed some pictures of BDA, Nakuru and Kenya and gave Mrs Anne Saunders a hand-bag as a present from BDA.  Mrs Saunders is the International Link teacher at BDA, like Mrs Eunice Mungai is in BDA,  Mr Pearce then talked about his friends Mr Simon Brister and Nicky Hart and Dodo and also about the children in Nakuru and BDA.  He then sang a song about an old lady who swallowed a fly and one girl knew all the words!  Which was really helpful because Mr Pearce has forgotten them.

After that the children the children has had enough singing (especially from Mr Pearce) and so they asked questions.  They were most worried that the giraffe, with no name, had no name.  Then Mrs Saunders thought it would be a good idea to get the children to think of a good name for him.  Mrs Saunders also thought it would be a good idea for the children to write letters and draw pictures to send over to BDA.  She thought she might be able to collect the drawings in her new handbag.

So... now the Giraffe with no name stands guard at the entrance to All Saints and everybody who goes past says, "Good Morning Mr Giraffe, with no name - Good Morning Everybody!" and when it is afternoon, they all walk past again and say, "Good afternoon Mr Giraffe, with no name - Good afternoon everybody!"  And every time they think to themselves, "That takes up too much time - what would be the best name for Mr Giraffe?"

I wonder what he will be called. I wonder what they will decide. If you ever find out, please let me know and I'll be able to finish this story aboput the giraffe.... all together now, "WITH NO NAME!"

Friday, 24 February 2012

Thursday, 23 February 2012

New Computer Laboratory!

The Rotary Clubs of  Matlock and Sutton-in-Ashfield both made donations towards BDA's new Computer Lab last year.

The Lab was offocially opened in December and is now furnished with a thank you plaque!

  Joseph emailed to say, "Once again, we thank you for your efforts in raising the funds for this project. Incidentally, if any of the members of Matlock and Sutton in Ashfield Rotary Clubs are ever in Kenya , we would like to make a standing invitation to BDA to a ceremonial unveiling of this plaque. We thank for your support throughout the journey to making BDA what it is today. We are eternally grateful"

The new technology teacher Eunice Mungia, who started in January said, "As you know, our ICT facility here at BDA is new and we are still in the process of equipping Computer studies learning resources. Please feel free to link with us!"

John has linked with Eunice and is using his contacts to identify programs to be shared across the land and via the ether!  There is also a potential link with All Saints Church of England School in Leicestershire.  John will be visiting the school to talk about BDA, show some pictures and may even sing, "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly!"

Trustees are also exploring support for the purchase of books for the library.

Meanwhile Simon and Nicky continue work at the business end of things:  fundraising, receiving reports of student progress - all the sponsored children are doing well.  Simon has offered to do talks to a range of clubs and societies as we are always looking for support.  We also have a Trustees meeting due in March.

Anyone wanting to support us should feel free to make contact. We have no hesitation in speaking up for, what we feel is, a worthy charity, making a real difference in Nakuru.