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, 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.