Kenya Education Fund

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Education, International, International Exchange

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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Kenya Education Fund enabled me to pursue college education by paying my school fee to study community health & development at various levels.This has helped me have a base of a career that I want pursue by extending a hand and making a difference in someone's life especially the orphans and most vulnerable students in Kenya. It has been an eye opener to me and I highly appreciate the effort that K.E.F is putting to make us valuable individuals in our society. Thanks to the education they make available to us by paying our school fees. I am now an empowered woman and I feel respected. It has helped me out of the vicious cycle of poverty that had been surrounding me in my life before. I have got employment and I am capable of providing for my siblings the basic necessities that we could not get before.

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

K.E.F has been paying my college fees since 2007. The education I am getting is empowering me as an individual and as a woman who can create a positive and developmental difference in her community.

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

Tell the whole world of the positive impact that K.E.F has created in my life. I would stand out as a woman that through the sponsors goodwill, I have been able to get the best they want for all the children of Kenya.

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

The difference it has created in my life. I was a timid shy girl but through academic empowerment,my self esteem has improved, am very confident and outgoing. It has enabled me to relate with students from various parts of the country that are sponsored.

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

supportive, kind and generous. They are beyond what words can describe.

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

Empower more children from poverty stricken backgrounds, orphans and the most vulnerable pursue their secondary and college education.

Ways to make it better...

So far, my experience with K.E.F is at its best.

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

Few sponsors but an overwhelming number of students deserving sponsorship.

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

K.E.F is one of the most transparent and accountable organization I have ever come across.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The Kenya Education Fund educates so many children and many are continuing on to College. My hope is that their efforts will help to give everyone of their students an opportunity to a better future and to improve the standard of living in their country.

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

I have personally met the students in Kenya and their eagerness to learn have made all the difference in the world.

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

Seeing the staff and volunteers so devoted to the children and their success

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

It could turn around the education system in Kenya.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Kenya Education Fund is founded on the philosophy that education develops and they believe education is for all. Their purpose is to strengthen Kenya’s education system so the entire society can build on the wealth of resources, culture and creativity that already flourish there. And they do! I have experienced this first hand. I have sponsored a child for 3 years now and recently had the opportunity to visit Kenya and meet our student. This experience changed our life and hopefully hers.

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

Soon after committing we received notification that our student was a refugee who was entering her first year of Secondary school in Nairobi. We write her and recently had the privilege of going Kenya and meeting her.

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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The KEF's founder, Brad Broder came to me and asked if I wanted to be a part of the KEF, then at it's initial formative stages. I immediately said yes. My role was small. I helped bypass the Kenyan red-tape to get KEF registered in the country as a legitimate NGO. And from there on, things moved up. In no time, kids were going to school, KEF's local office was growing, and Brad was looking for an office space. In no time at all, there were KEF beneficiaries smiling from ear to ear, in total disbelief as to the luck that befell them at their lowest moments in life. To say that the KEF has changed lives is an understatement. KEF has done the unthinkable. It has provided children a sense of being. Children who would have otherwise joined the masses of hopeless, empty faces in Africa. At the time when the KEF was being formed, the then presidential candidate, Mwai Kibaki (now current president in Kenya), was riding on the banner of providing free primary AND secondary education to all Kenyans once he was elected president. So there was a huge concern about what role the KEF would have if education was going to be free. That never happened! As soon as Kibaki took over office, he left behind that empty promise, much to the dismay of a lot of Kenyans. Thank goodness the KEF pressed on with its agenda. Thank goodness Brad had the foresight to forge ahead with his vision, having learnt from his experience while living in Kenya as a peace corp volunteer that African politicians are full of talk but little action. The KEF has filled a huge gap that desperately needed to be filled. Now we have kids going off to college, and I know that their lives will never be the same again. which also means that because of the KEF, the Kenyan literacy level is increasing, which will directly impact on the future of the country. Thank you KEF!

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

Witnessing the number of children going to school, and others off to college.

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

that the people managing it are truly committed to changing the live of very needy Kenyans

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

very enthusiastic

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

literally change the face of Kenya's future leadership

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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The Kenya Education Fund is an extraordinary organization that currently sponsors hundreds of children in Kenya in order to receive a quality education in a safe and nuturing school environment. In just a few short years I have had the honor and pleasure of working with our Exec.Director, President and other Board Members in order to make the KEF a successful organization that is well positioned to fulfil its mission and purpose.

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

communicating with the children in Kenya to understand and appreciate how valuable our organization is in providing both the education and opportunity that would not have been available to these children if not for the KEF.

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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The Kenya Education Fund has allowed me to provide funds for a young high school student in Kenya. Unlike most organizations that sponsor children I have had direct contact with the child. Her writing is exquisite and her attitude about life is inspiring. I see that 100% of my money is going toward her education. I can highly recommend this organization for people that want to be assured that their donation is truly making a positive affect in the the world.

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

receiving direct correspondence with the sponsored child.

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

the only change is just the hope for the organization to grow as it is doing such a great job. Maybe as they grow developing a college fund.

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

I know the funds are being used to educate a child.

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

Intelligent. Articulate. Compassionate.

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

develope a college fund for graduating high school students and build more schools.

Ways to make it better...

it couldn't be any better. honestly.

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

our economy

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

I am grateful for the opportunity to help someone who wants to learn.

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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I have sponsored various students in Kenya through the KEF for the past 4 years. I have seen first hand the impact that this wonderful organization has made on the lives of young people there. Having visited various schools throughout Kenya where the KEF sponsors students, I met with young women and learned of the education that this organization has provided them, including AIDS awareness and prevention programs. The KEF ensures that they have all the tools available to succeed and graduate high school, since this level of education is not provided free. In addition to paying their tuition at school, the KEF provides them with any needed books, clothing, and helps them with emotional issues they may be dealing with. Many of these women are AIDS orphans, come from nomadic tribes, have run away from home or have been abused. Their education has empowered them to go on to lead productive and meaningful lives, in a place where they would otherwise not have this opportunity. The KEF is an outstanding organization and is currently sponsoring almost 500 students.

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

having my first sponsored student graduate from high school. I am now sponsoring my second student. I receive letters several times a year from my sponsoree, and I write back to her as well. I can see the improvement in her writing with each letter.

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

Give them more money so they are able to do even more. They operate on a shoe-string budget so that almost all of donated funds goes directly towards educating students.

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

being able to make a difference in a child's life and give them an opportunity that they otherwise wouldn't have.

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

INCREDIBLE! The staff and volunteers are located in Kenya and visit with the students frequently. Everyone who works at the KEF is passionate about what they do.

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

Educate an enormous number of young Kenyans!And make a difference in their health, happiness, and well-being. It would also allow the KEF to have more volunteers and on-the-ground people in Kenya.

Ways to make it better...

can't think of a thing!

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

Their ability to receive ongoing financial support to continue to educate more and more Kenyans. They currently rely primarily on donations from individuals.

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

In the US, we take our education for granted and believe it is a right we have. This is not so in Kenya. A donation to the KEF is a way to help those less fortunate than us. It is extremely gratifying.

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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