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, 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).

Challenge
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.

Appeal
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