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.
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).
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