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.
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.
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.