Kenya Education Fund

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Education, International, International Exchange

Location: 360 E. 72nd St. # C3405 New York NY 10021 USA

Mission: A proper and complete education can provide an individual with the basic tools to achieve their full potential.The KEF is dedicated to providing Kenyans in need with a quality education that will help them develop their minds, families and lives as they see fit.
Results: We now sponsor the education of 500 students across 240 schools in Kenya. Just last week, we hosted our very first Career, Reproductive Health and Entrepreneurship Workshop (CREW) that brought together recent KEF graduates to learn valuable computer and job-related skills as they take on the next steps of their lives. 100 students attended and were greeted by a number of inspirational speakers, education professionals and other mentors - including prior KEF Alumni.
Target demographics: Kenyan youth (nomadic and non-nomadic) between the ages of 13 and 20
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500
Geographic areas served: Kenya, all 8 provinces
Programs: In addition to providing educaitonal resources to capable but finanancially disadvantaged Kenyan boys and girls, the KEF hosts a number of Mentoring Workshop teaching how to avoid peer pressures, avoiding HIV/AIDS, safe sex practices and learning study skills.

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KEF enabled me to go through high school by paying all my school fees. Thanks a lot the KEF Fraternity.

You give hope to the hopeless

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KEF has been absolutely wonderful to work with over the past 5 years! I was a Peace Corps Volunteer for 2 years in Kenya and return annually. KEF has made it possible for so many of the students from the orphanage that I volunteer with to attend secondary school and university. As both a sponsor and a friend/mentor to the students, I could not ask for a better organization to work with "my kids". KEF is consistently organized, diligent and trustworthy. Additionally, they operate on a local (Kenyan) budget in order keep operating cost at a minimum. It is truly a blessing to have them in Kenya. Thanks again Brad, Dominic and team!

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2012

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KEF are a blessing, having enabled me to go through my high school with no problems at all, providing funds for my tuition, as well as providing books and other neccesities. The much that is done, cannot be measured, and can't really be fully repaid.KEF is the best!!

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Life-changing

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2010

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All organizations got a part they play in the society but very few are out there minding the welfare of the minors in the society. Kenya Education Fund is one Non-Governmental Organisation, a non profit making organization geared toward helping the minor kids in the society to achieve their dreams.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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I wanted to sponsor a young girl through 4 years of high school and was extremely fortunate to discover KEF. The whole team is behind Bradley's vision, which is to help people reach their potential through education and achieve a better life for themselves and their communities. I reached out to KEF and was paired with a wonderful girl, and feel we have a personal and meaningful connection because of the structure of this organization. I feel that I'm really making a difference, and it's because of the direct, personal, and transparent interaction that I have with KEF...unlike some donations that you give and you're never sure where the funds are going, or what the result is. Brad and his team have provided a fantastic path for me to feel as if I'm contributing to something good, and I'm so grateful for KEF! I intend to increase my involvement to include another student and would encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in someone's life, to get in touch with this fantastic organization.

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My husband and I have been sponsoring the education of high school students in Kenya for over the past 7 years. In addition, my high school students sponsored a fund raiser 6 years ago and raised enough money to sponsor two Kenyan girls' education. Throughout the following years, my students have been corresponding with their sponsored "sisters" and it is through this interaction where we have all found out the impact the KEF has made in these children's lives. Many of these students rely on the KEF for not only their education, but a safe environment in which to live, for nutritional meals, for the camaraderie of other like minded young girls and for bringing them into the 21st century. Our original sponsorees have now graduated high school and the letters of gratitude and promise are inspiring to us all. Due to this, my students are once again raising the necessary funds to sponsor new students. Personally I believe it is rare to have a charity whose founder is so committed that he spends months out of the year to personally travel to Kenya to check on the students and assure that the monies raised are being put to the intended use.

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I have been sponsoring the education of some young Kenyan girls for the past 5 years. I was fortunate enough to see the actual "fruits of my labor" when I made a trip to Kenya and actually visited some of the KEF schools and met "my students". The impact of my donation was huge. I was able to see first hand the equipment and overall improvements our donations made possible. I heard directly from the girls themselves how this opportunity changed their lives and their hopes for their future. It was wonderful to hear about their goals, and their dreams of helping their country and one day being able to "pass it forwad" to other less fortunate young girls. I communicate by mail with Clara and Judith ("my students") and the warmth and gratitude they express fills my heart. As a teacher in a private all girls high school, I have organized fund raisers where we have raised enough money for my students to sponsor two additional Kenyan girls. Now, the next generation of KEF supporters has started and will continue this wonderful work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the results on a visit to Kenya, seeing the schools and meeting the students we have sponsored.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase publicity to get their name out more.

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My son Bradley Broder (the founder and Excutive Director of the Kenya Education Fund) has been concerned about the homeless and the less fortunate since he was a young child. Bradley worked in a Soup Kitchen from 9th grade until he graduated High School on Lon Island. He built homes in Costa Rica for the poor at the age of 16 and joined the Peace Corp and went to Kenya after college. His dream of a better world did not stop there. In Kenya he fell in love with the children. He saw the desire in the eyes of the young girls to learn and grow out of the man-dominated society. That's one of the main reasons why Bradley created the KEF.
During the Summer of 2007 we visited many all girls schools around
Kenya and spoke with those wonderful young girls who shared their
dreams of becoming Doctors, Nurses, Teachers and business women in order to change the future of their country for themselves as well as
their daughters.
I was overwhelmed with emotion when I saw those young ladies
expressing their gratitude towards the KEF that gave them a chance of
a better life.
We all have good intentions in helping and making a difference in the
World. Bradley is actually making his dreams come true in creating the
KEF.
There are no words to express the pride and love I feel when I see how
many lives my son has changed.
The proud Mom,
Matilde Broder,
President of Power Travel Int'l Inc

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I visited the schools on 2007. Please read above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything except more funds to help more students.

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The KEF is a remarkable direct-to-the-people organization, with funds and support of all forms being managed directly by the founder and even some KEF alums! I have long been involved in the life of Bradley Broder, who founded this organization in 2005 after serving in the Peace Corps and finding his life's mission, and I must tell you there is no more dedicated and remarkably committed young man! The success rate of the KEF in providing young Kenyans and especially girls with the opportunity to complete their educations uninterrupted and continue on to fully developed adult lives is a joy for me to continue to support and remain involved with always. I have sponsored fully a successful graduate and I look forward to my new student's similar success!

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Letters exchanged with my student were a joy to receive and to write in encouragement of her continuing her studies, even as she lived through difficulties one here, in the comfort of the US, can only imagine.

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Bradley is "way ahead of the curve" and he continues to amaze all of us who know him as we witness how he accomplishes so much in such little time! I wish most that more people come to know him and the KEF to also have the opprotunity to be involved.

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The KEF is beyond inspiring. From the core leaders all the way to the students. There is nothing better than seeing the faces of those beautiful children knowing that they are receiving an education from the generosity of individuals who don't even know them. The founders and board of the KEF are honest, hard working and care deeply about each and every student they send to school. No child is left unnoticed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Going to Kenya and seeing the children first hand. I will never forget their faces.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more students.

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KEF is a wonderful organization providing education for students who otherwise would not be able to go to school. I know of no other better way to help the country. We get letters from our adopted son that we sponsor and he is so grateful for this opportunity to better himself and be successful in life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The letters we receive are proof that the education he is receiving is priceless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to enable more children to be able to get an education.

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