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  

9 people found this review helpful

A few years ago, my friend started this non-profit to fund high school scholarships for the few young men in a Malawi village who had passed their exams. I donated money for some of these scholarships. Gradually, it became obvious that the elementary education was inadequate to properly prepare these youth. That's when the Kasimu Education Fund took off! They began to train teachers, and give them scholarships. A new school was built, with bricks made by the villagers. A food program started when it became obvious that there were severe shortages. A micro-lending program was developed to help with seed for crops and small businesses. and so it goes. Kasimu Education Fund has impacted these villagers in so many empowering ways.

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

I have seen the documentary film made by the founder's adult son. The villagers welcomed her and her family with open arms. The happy families, the new school, the support buildings, the food...is all there in this inspiring documentary.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Bob and Mary Burns, through their organization, Kasimu Education Fund (KEF), have done so much to bring hope and opportunity to a village in Malawi, Africa. Children who once came to learn with naked bodies, empty stomachs on a bare patch of land now have food, clothing, schools and teachers. Through KEF micro-loans have made possible the creation of small businesses making school uniforms, bricks, producing food and poultry and more. What began as a small act of kindness (the Burns' copying and selling a priest’s tape of his Malawian villagers music to sell in the Burns' church) has grown over the past few years into the non-profit KEF, responsible for building a community center, school buildings, hiring and training teachers and inspiring the creation of much needed small local businesses. As a donor I want to know that my dollars are used to serve, not to fund administrative staff in fancy offices. Bob and Mary Burns run KEF with great efficiency, taking nothing for their efforts; all monies raised go directly to the village for school construction, teacher salaries and housing, and microloans. It gives me great joy to be associated with such a fine organization doing such essential work in the world.

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

I have seen photographs and films of the village and its residents as it has blossomed with the resources and opportunities KEF's support has made possible.

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

the knowledge that my donation is being used to do great good.

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

passionate about KEF and their work in Malawi.

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

help the village develop running water, a power supply and medical facilities and more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

For many, many years Mary Burns has worked diligently with all her heart to fund the education of the children in Manyesa, Malawi. In the film Mary has sent me I see the strong, trusting and enlightened faces of the children and all their families in this community impacted and nurtured by the ongoing support of the Kasimu Education Fund. I will donate ongoing and more with any funds that come to me.

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

a film Mary Burns made in Manyesa and has shared with me.

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

Knowing these people are growing and bringing their caring awareness to the rest of our world.

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

Mary Burns, President

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

Grow and multiply -- embracing and nurturing their neighbors everywhere.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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