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 for BDA which will assist the education of these students.

Sponsorship, scholarships and donations

We are often asked, "How much does it cost to sponsor a student?" and "How can I support KES financially?" Here's some more information.

How can I support KES?
KES needs your support to carry out its aims. Primarily support means funding. We are a small charity and small amounts can make a big difference. Support could be:
  • Sponsor a student scholarship. You could do this either individually or jointly with a friend or group of friends
  • A one-off donation – always welcome, of whatever size
  • A commitment to a monthly or yearly standing order of a small amount
  • Signing up to easyfundraising to raise money for KES at no cost to you when you shop online at many major stores including Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco and Sainsbury's (www.easyfundraising.org.uk) 
How much does it cost to sponsor a student scholarship?
The current rates (assuming gift aid applies) at BDA (January 2017) are: 
  • Primary: £38.00 per month 
  • Secondary: £45.00 per month
  • This covers the full costs of education and full boarding
  • Fees at other schools will vary.
The rates do vary from time to time as we are subject to exchange rate fluctuations, and as school fees go up.


A scholarship is for an individual student to see them through their school education.We ask sponsors to commit to support their student through the student's current phase of school education. In practice, this is normally no more than 4 years at a time. Most KES scholarships are awarded at the start of secondary school. A few are awarded to children in the last 4 years of primary school.
Primary school education is for 8 years, from age 6 to 14. (State funded primary education exists in Kenya but is generally of poor quality).
Secondary school education is for 4 years, from age 14 to 18. (No state funding exists in Kenya for secondary education, so all students have to pay unless they can access funds to support them).

Joint scholarships
We appreciate that a full scholarship is a large financial commitment, but they're vital to the stability and success of our support for bright, disadvantaged students. So, we're happy to accept joint sponsorship from a group of friends, colleagues or family. If you can create a group who are committed to a long-term scholarship, please contact us and we'll discuss the details and get things set up.

Other donations
For those wishing to make a one-off donation or a small regular donation there are always specific items that need funding. These include equipment, clothing and books, as well as a range of specialist sources for donations.
Online donations
You can donate online using My Donate from BT. It's simple to do with a credit or debit card, to find out more, click here.

If you are interested, in sponsoring, making a donation, or offering support please email us.

You can find more information about scholarships and donations on our FAQs page.