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, 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.