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March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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 personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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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.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Grow the number of children it supports.

May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

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!

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

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

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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

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

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.

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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

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