KASIMU EDUCATION FUND

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education, Food

Location: 1667 Springer Rd Mountain View CA 94040 USA

Mission: Creating educational opportunities for the children of Malawi.
Geographic areas served: Manyesa, Malawi
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 01-0864883
(650) 968-0723
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

The founders of Kasimu Education Fund or KEF, originally planned only to send some children from Manyesa, Malawi to high school for further education. Three girls have now graduated from High School and one is attending Nurses College. From this beginning, KEF has evolved into building a grammar school with the help of the local villagers. However, hungry children have a hard time learning without breakfast. We purchased three Rocket Stoves and provided the rice, corn and sugar so that each child can have one meal. The women now cook more easily without having to gather so much wood or getting burned. A micro-finance program was started to help the villagers gain more independence. This has been very successful with a high rate of repayment of loans. Now we are collecting funds to build a high school that will serve this community and the surrounding villages. The goal of KEF is to have the villagers self-sufficient by 2015.

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

A video of the village was made celebrating the arrival of the KEF founders.It showed the new school, the children in their new uniforms, cooking of food, and the joyous nature and thankfulness for the help the villagers have received.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Kasimu Education Fund has been sucessful in providing high school scholarships, elementary school facilities, training teachers, providing a daily meal for 1,300 elementary school students, initiating a preschool and planning for the construction and operation of a high school with a solar/wind powered electrical and water systems. The essential part of the program is goal to empower the villagers to develop and manage these improvements. KEF's goal is to provide "startup support" for these improvements which are to be completed by 2015 when it is intended that the operations will be self supporting. The financial requirements of the villages will be met through a micro-finance program which is currently supporting 190 small businesses and 240 farmers (via seed and fertilizer).

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

We visited the eight villages in Malawi in 2008, to organize management committees and we maintain regular communications with the committees who manage the programs.

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

Provide funding to construct the high school, construct the designed solar/wind powered electrical/water systems and provide an irrigation system to enable multiple harvests for farmers. These are essential elements needed for self sufficiency.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the enthusiasm and support for education for all children and the for adult education. Example, the villagers hand-made 400,000 bricks for the construction of facilities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Retired teachers who started pre-school; young adults who volunteered as teachers' aides to assist teachers; villagers who serve on scholarship committee, facilities committee and the mothers who prepare the daily meals for 1,300 students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

We don't need $10 million bucks. If we can obtain grants of $350 thousand over the next four years, the physical facilities development would be completed and the villages would establish self sufficiency without funding from the Kasimu Education Fund.

Ways to make it better...

Sufficient funds were available to support the "start-up" of programs and to fund the high school. Improved electronic communications is also needed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Adequate funding to provide high school facilities, an irrigation system and to fund the start up of revenue producing businesses. Adequate electronic communications capability is needed to improve management and support

One thing I'd also say is that...

The people of Malawi are the most joyful, generous, self sacrificing people I have ever worked with. We in the Northern Hemisphere can learn a great deal from them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

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In 2005, The Kasimu Education Fund (KEF), a 501C3 NGO, working to improve the lives of the people in the Manyesa area of Malawi began offering high school scholarships,for graduates of the Kasimu Elementary School, scholarships for college, building classrooms for the Kasimu School, and now provides a daily meal for 1,300 Kasimu students. In 2008, KEF started a pre-school, began a micro-finance program for the 5,000 villagers, improved the infrastructure of the elementary school and is now making plans to build a high school in the elementary school area. In kind donations allow one hundred percent of all other donations to go to fund the on-going improvement of the area's educational needs. Please see our website: www.kefmalawi.com. For more information call (650) 986-0723. Mary Burns, President

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

I traveled to Manyesa, Malawi, in 2008 and saw the amazing improvement in the area that KEF has made. KEF can feed a child a daily meal for an entire school year for only $12.50. It was great to see the children enjoy the only meal they receive each day

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

This would make all our hard work come to full expectations and change the lives of the 5,000 good people living in Manyesa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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