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.

Monday, 21 December 2015

A message from our Chair

Happy Christmas!

As we look back on another wonderful year for KES we thank our sponsors, supporters and friends, for making it work. So what were the highlights of 2015?  I thought it would be a good idea to ask the Trustees.  This is what they sent me…


The highlight for me has definitely been working on the Christmas cards. The students' designs were so varied and gave me an interesting view into their traditions and also their perspective of ours. It challenged my preconceptions too. The winning designs only just scratched the surface of the talent and creativity.  


On our visit to Kenya, in the library at BDA, I talked with a group of girls KES sponsors are supporting. We talked about careers, aspirations, ideals and beliefs. This was a reminder that our KES students have the same mixture of interests, worries and distractions as any bunch of teenagers you'll meet at home or anywhere.

Nicky talking to girls at BDA
Nicky talking to girls at BDA


Mine would definitely be the Christmas cards too! It was wonderful to see different interpretations of the idea of Christmas. They’re a talking point raising awareness of KES. Also, the news that Ruth, the student we supported, has now left BDA and gone on to attend college. I am so pleased and happy for Ruth and truly grateful that we were able to help her shape a future for herself!


My memory of the year was the wonderful opportunity to meet and spend time picking Joseph's brain on his visit to England. Meeting him brought our work into reality and, short of visiting, made a strong link with what we do as trustees. Seeing Joseph with Simon and talking to sponsors and supporters of KES at Simon and Nicky's was the icing on the cake. The passion and dedication were there for all to see. 

Joseph visiting sponsors and supporters 2015
Joseph visiting sponsors and supporters 2015


For me it was being at BDA for the speech day and prize giving. Prizes were awarded for the top student in each of the four forms in the secondary school. It was fantastic to realise that the top student in each form was a KES sponsored scholar.

One speech was given on behalf of the Primary school and a KES sponsored student Rachel Lenangida was chosen to do this.  She spoke with such confidence, clarity and eloquence. It was hard to realise that Rachel had lost both her parents and her fees were being paid by her guardian who had recently died of cancer leaving Rachel without any support. I was grateful to Jean Brunt from Worksop Rotary who kindly agreed to sponsor Rachel.


I remember sitting back, quite unusual for me, whilst chairing a Trustee meeting watching them debate, work, laugh and above all, be so passionate about our work. It’s an honour to be chair of such a dedicated and talented bunch. We keep saying, “It’s all about the students” and, once again, we voted to keep to the principle, “100% the money we raise goes directly to student support”.

The following phrases from Christine and Neema, the students Dodo and I sponsor say it all…

“I’d like to thank you for giving me this golden opportunity - I promise to work smart to brighten my own future.”

“I know one day my dreams will come true – I too want to help needy children make their dreams valid.

So, there we are 2015 remembered and 63 students – KES scholars – with their dreams for 2016!

KES scholars
A few KES scholars
Thank you again and a Happy New Year to all.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Kenyan Christmas cards

Our Christmas cards are looking great and going down a storm. All 6 designs are featured below.

There's a limited amount available to buy.  For mixed packs of 12, they're a minimum of £4.80 donation plus postage if required.  If you're interested, please email

KES Christmas card - dancers
Kenyan dancers

KES Christmas cards - girl
Little girl

KES Christmas cards - red Africa
Red Africa

KES Christmas card - Santa

KES Christmas card - tree
Christmas tree
KES Christmas card - village
Kenyan Village

Friday, 30 October 2015

Getting into the Christmas spirit

We ran a competition for the BDA students to design our Christmas cards. There were some great designs and some wonderful interpretations of the brief – Kenyan celebrations, Christmas traditions and favourite party foods.

With the help of Trustee Hannah and her colleagues at Michon Creative, we picked 6 designs. Here’s Hannah and Senior Art Director, Rachael going through the entries.
Hannah and Rachael going through the designs.
Hannah and Rachael going through the designs.

Rachael and Hannah, have been turning the winning entries into cards are now eagerly waiting for the finished articles to arrive. But in the meantime, here's a sneak preview of just a couple of the designs.

Happy Christmas card design for KESMerry Christmas KES card design

Costs and services have been covered with private donations, making sure we stick to our mantra of 100% of funds going to supporting scholarships.

Monday, 3 August 2015

A great article in Reflections

We're delighted to share a recent article about KES's history and Simon's relationship with Joseph over the years. Hopefully it will help share the story to a wider audience and help drum up some more support. You can read the full article here.

August 2015 edition of Reflections magazine

Friday, 24 July 2015

July newsletter out now

To catch up on our latest news, including the latest intake of scholars, have a look at our July newsletter by clicking here.

And why not sign up to receive your very own copy here?

Monday, 6 July 2015

We would like your feedback

If you're a supporter of KES and/or fund a scholarship, we would really appreciate your feedback to help us do things better. Please take a few minutes to answer the 10 questions below and give us your ideas. Thanks a lot.

KES support feedback survey

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Spring newsletter - out now

You should have received a shiny new e-newsletter in your mailbox. This month we celebrate Trustee Steph's achievements, examine the exchange rate risk and invite your feedback to help us improve.

Click here to view our Spring 2015 newsletter and sign up to make sure you don't miss out next time.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Joseph's visit

Joseph, original scholar, inspiration for KES and founder of Bahati Division Academy, visited the UK for a flying visit last weekend, but took the opportunity to meet the new Trustees and as many sponsors and supporters as he could.  And despite the UK winter, Joseph enjoyed a warm welcome.

We had an extraordinary Trustee meeting at Chairman John's house to discuss the future of KES. And I can personally add that Joseph was the catalyst to some even more impassioned discussions and ideas than usual.

L-R Joseph, Steph, Sam, Simon, Nicky, Hannah

Impassioned discussion

Enthusiastic involvement
Simon and Nicky also hosted a lovely lunch for sponsors and supporters. It was great to meet the people that make such a difference and for the sponsors to meet Joseph and witness his passion and achievements first-hand. Joseph really is testimony that scholarships and education can elevate people from poverty and provide a world of opportunities.

Trustees and sponsors toast Joseph

Chairman John and Joseph thank recent supporters
Thanks to everyone who came along and special thanks to Simon and Nicky, and Dodo and John for hosting the events.

To find out more about Joseph's story, have a read of our history here.

If you're interested in sponsoring a scholarship for bright, disadvantaged students in Kenya, click here.

Monday, 2 February 2015

The start of a momentous journey

Thanks to funding from last year's Dovedale Dipper, we're welcoming a new 4 year scholar to Bahati from the Namuncha Community Schools Project. This is an exciting new partnership for us at KES because they're a similar charity in a different part of Kenya. They've worked with the community to build a primary school and are helping their students win scholarships at secondary schools (which remember aren't government funded so are incredibly difficult/impossible for disadvantaged families to fund).

All set
Here are a few pictures from the start of James's journey to Bahati. It's a journey we take for granted in the UK, but it's a lot more difficult and emotional in Kenya, and just look at those proud grins.

The final check and goodbyes
 A great example of how far your kind support goes.

On the road
All the very best of luck for the future James.