Kenya Education Fund

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has seen first hand the work that Kenya Education Fund in Kenya, I can speak towards the life changing work they do. The KEF has shaped the lives of many many young people throughout Kenya. They have not only provided the opportunity for students to receive an education, they have also created relationships between American citizens and their Kenyan students. Brad Broder, the founder, has committed himself to the integrity of the organization, supporting each child's individual needs. The organization's support of education for girls has literally transformed the way villages have seen the role of female.

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

In Kenya, seeing the very obvious results when hard working women are given the opportunity to receive an education.

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

I don't know.

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I coordinate the committee that reviews applications by students for scholarship awards. For the last several years, we've received approx 300 applications for fewer than half as many awards. The students complete some basic fill-in biographical information, send us their current grades and standardized test scores, and tell us more about themselves by answering 6 essay questions. These essays can be very moving. Students have written about: their families being killed in brutal tribal wars, being abandoned by their parents, being children of victims of HIV/AIDS. We've had children who were happy as nomadic Kenyans, tending their cattle, and children whose families had lost all their cattle to drought and were living off relief food. Reading these essays is a very moving experience and, although English is often their third language, some of them write beautifully. Girl's stories of running away from home to escape female genital mutilation (aka. circumsision) and early marriage to much older men are some of our most moving stories.

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I've experienced the results of this organization in the letters that current high school students and graduates send to us. Our graduates can and do go on to universities, colleges, technical schools or can work right after school.

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

I would like to see us do a better job with PR and our website (and maybe social media, too) so we could better get our story to the public. I would also create a more structured follow up with our graduates so we could better tell their stories.

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KEF focuses on providing high school education to kids across Kenya that can't pay the fees themselves. (High School education in Kenya is not free.)
Because girls are generally not given the priority of boys when it comes to education in Kenya, a large majority of the students that KEF supports are girls. This will go a long way to changing women's influence in Kenya in the future.
I am proud of the individual girls i support through KEF.

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

I have worked directly with the Executive Director and i've visited the students and schools in Kenya.

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

Grow the number of children it supports.

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I am a relatively new donor to KEF, attracted to the organization because my donation - whatever the size - goes directly to a Kenyan child's education. The fact that such a small organization sponsors 500 children demonstrates its efficiency and focus. I'm proud to be a donor and look forward to increasing my donations in the future.

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

learning about the children who are benefiting from KEF's work.

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

increase its geographic reach.

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I have pledged to support a young girl in Africa through 4 years of high school, and thus far have truly felt I have made a difference in someone's life. I like the idea of having a pesonal connection to that student rather than to some huge organization that I would donate to. By exchanging letters, I have gotten to know her and hear about her family and life. My experience with this organization has been so positive, and I know how hard the people in it work to make this happen. I am so happy that I became involved in this student (Alice's) education, and hopefully she will be able to continue with her education and make a difference in the lives of her family and village.

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I receive wonderful letters from my student who is really working hard and taking advantage of the education she is being offered. I see the difference it has made in her life, and how she appreciates the chance she has been given. I think it's wonderful that this organization actually make a difference in a child's life.

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I think it's doing just fine as it is. I think the people are very dedicated, hardworking and have wonderful spirit and energy.

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My husband and I are sponsors of a young Kenyan girl and in our role as sponsor we pay for her high school education. We traveled to Africa 2 years ago and while we were there we had a chance to meet this lovely young lady. She was extremely appreciative and bright and informed us that this was her only chance to get an education in Africa. Her mother could not afford to send her to school. She writes us regularly and keeps us abreast of her progress. The Kenya Education Fund arrange for us to sponsor this girl and we feel that they have been an excellent support to all of us.

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

seeing the wonderful work that they do in Africa. I met some of the young ladies and was impressed with the opportunities that they were offered by the KEF.

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

like to be able to send money directly to the girl instead of just gifts.

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My husband and I sponsor a Kenyan young woman through high school, by paying her tuition. We have been most impressed with the KEF. Through their efforts many youngsters have the opportunity to get a quality education that they would otherwise be denied. Our Kenyan "daughter" looks forward to continuing her education in college and to having a productive career that will allow her to change her life and help her family and community. She works very hard to keep up her grades and to make us and her family proud. She has a strong faith that helps her as she is seperated from her family for long periods, and also has to watch her familly deal with poverty, struggling even to keep food on the table.

The KEF has made our experience a very rewarding one. We write to Anne and also had the opportunity to meet her when we were in Nairobi. The director of the program went out of his way to bring Anne to our hotel in Nairobi so we could meet and spend some time together. It was so wonderful to meet her and see first hand what a lovely young woman we were helping to educate. I think for her the experience was overwhelming as she had never been to Nairobi, and certainly hadn't met foreigners. We had a chance to talk about her goals and both our families. Through our letters we continue the conversation. I am hoping that when my young granddaughters get a little older they will also write to Anne and come to understand a way of life so different from their own. We share photos of our families and of holidays. The KEF runs a program that is highly personal and I think highly effective.

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

meeting the student and by staying in touch with her through letters.

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

try to expand it to more students.

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This is a very dedicated group of volunteers who are improving the lives of girls in Kenya by means of education.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Educating women in Kenya is vastly important to the continued success of this country. Educate a woman and you educate her children, her village, and her countrymen. It helps put an end to early marriage, FGM, and the advancement of AIDS in a society with enough other problems to be concerned about. This group is doing a fabulous job on all fronts working not just for the people of Kenya but WITH the people of Kenya.

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

In reading the letters written by young women who have been given the opportunity to achieve a high school education through their scholarship program. It raises their standing in society to be worthy individuals capable of many things.

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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Working with Brad in his office on a day-to-day basis was really an eye-opener. Following the work of non-profits online or in the news, the individual personalities at play can sometimes get lost. But Brad's enthusiasm and devotion to education in Kenya is always there, and it is really wonderful to see him at work, talking to donors and preparing for KEF benefits. Taking part in KEF programs, you feel like you're doing more than just giving charity; you feel like you're part of something larger, something important, that is fundamentally impacting a child's life for the better.

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

...reading letters from children who have been sent to school. They are bright, heartwarming, funny, and so consciously grateful for something that we often take for granted.

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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