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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development

Mission: The mission of the Kenya Education Fund (KEF) is to provide disadvantaged students in Kenya, and their schools, with support and educational resources so that they may improve their communities and break the cycle of poverty in Kenya.

Results: * 2,316 total students presented with KEF scholarships * 80% of KEF scholars (avg. 2014 and 2015) qualified for public university compared to the Kenyan national average of 31% * 80% of KEF class of 2013 went on to higher education or acquired employment * 70% growth in KEF sponsorship program in just four years * 900 active scholarships projected in 2016

Target demographics: Widespread poverty prevents 65% of Kenyan youth from completing high school. KEF provides scholarships and support to students with great potential who would be unable to attend school due to poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 900 deserving young scholars

Geographic areas served: Kenya

Programs: The core of our activities is our High School Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to promising students from impoverished communities, who would otherwise be unable to attend and complete school. In addition, we offer our students vital life skills and career readiness workshops and the support and guidance they need to successfully transition into tertiary education or the workforce. Each year, KEF offers a limited number of first-year university scholarships to students in our program who succeeded in high school and have the desire to acquire higher education.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

KEF enabled me to go through high school by paying all my school fees. Thanks a lot the KEF Fraternity.

You give hope to the hopeless

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Donor

Rating: 5

KEF has been absolutely wonderful to work with over the past 5 years! I was a Peace Corps Volunteer for 2 years in Kenya and return annually. KEF has made it possible for so many of the students from the orphanage that I volunteer with to attend secondary school and university. As both a sponsor and a friend/mentor to the students, I could not ask for a better organization to work with "my kids". KEF is consistently organized, diligent and trustworthy. Additionally, they operate on a local (Kenyan) budget in order keep operating cost at a minimum. It is truly a blessing to have them in Kenya. Thanks again Brad, Dominic and team!

Shina L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KEF are a blessing, having enabled me to go through my high school with no problems at all, providing funds for my tuition, as well as providing books and other neccesities. The much that is done, cannot be measured, and can't really be fully repaid.KEF is the best!!

John67

Client Served

Rating: 5

All organizations got a part they play in the society but very few are out there minding the welfare of the minors in the society. Kenya Education Fund is one Non-Governmental Organisation, a non profit making organization geared toward helping the minor kids in the society to achieve their dreams.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I wanted to sponsor a young girl through 4 years of high school and was extremely fortunate to discover KEF. The whole team is behind Bradley's vision, which is to help people reach their potential through education and achieve a better life for themselves and their communities. I reached out to KEF and was paired with a wonderful girl, and feel we have a personal and meaningful connection because of the structure of this organization. I feel that I'm really making a difference, and it's because of the direct, personal, and transparent interaction that I have with KEF...unlike some donations that you give and you're never sure where the funds are going, or what the result is. Brad and his team have provided a fantastic path for me to feel as if I'm contributing to something good, and I'm so grateful for KEF! I intend to increase my involvement to include another student and would encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in someone's life, to get in touch with this fantastic organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been sponsoring the education of high school students in Kenya for over the past 7 years. In addition, my high school students sponsored a fund raiser 6 years ago and raised enough money to sponsor two Kenyan girls' education. Throughout the following years, my students have been corresponding with their sponsored "sisters" and it is through this interaction where we have all found out the impact the KEF has made in these children's lives. Many of these students rely on the KEF for not only their education, but a safe environment in which to live, for nutritional meals, for the camaraderie of other like minded young girls and for bringing them into the 21st century. Our original sponsorees have now graduated high school and the letters of gratitude and promise are inspiring to us all. Due to this, my students are once again raising the necessary funds to sponsor new students. Personally I believe it is rare to have a charity whose founder is so committed that he spends months out of the year to personally travel to Kenya to check on the students and assure that the monies raised are being put to the intended use.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring the education of some young Kenyan girls for the past 5 years. I was fortunate enough to see the actual "fruits of my labor" when I made a trip to Kenya and actually visited some of the KEF schools and met "my students". The impact of my donation was huge. I was able to see first hand the equipment and overall improvements our donations made possible. I heard directly from the girls themselves how this opportunity changed their lives and their hopes for their future. It was wonderful to hear about their goals, and their dreams of helping their country and one day being able to "pass it forwad" to other less fortunate young girls. I communicate by mail with Clara and Judith ("my students") and the warmth and gratitude they express fills my heart. As a teacher in a private all girls high school, I have organized fund raisers where we have raised enough money for my students to sponsor two additional Kenyan girls. Now, the next generation of KEF supporters has started and will continue this wonderful work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son Bradley Broder (the founder and Excutive Director of the Kenya Education Fund) has been concerned about the homeless and the less fortunate since he was a young child. Bradley worked in a Soup Kitchen from 9th grade until he graduated High School on Lon Island. He built homes in Costa Rica for the poor at the age of 16 and joined the Peace Corp and went to Kenya after college. His dream of a better world did not stop there. In Kenya he fell in love with the children. He saw the desire in the eyes of the young girls to learn and grow out of the man-dominated society. That's one of the main reasons why Bradley created the KEF.
During the Summer of 2007 we visited many all girls schools around
Kenya and spoke with those wonderful young girls who shared their
dreams of becoming Doctors, Nurses, Teachers and business women in order to change the future of their country for themselves as well as
their daughters.
I was overwhelmed with emotion when I saw those young ladies
expressing their gratitude towards the KEF that gave them a chance of
a better life.
We all have good intentions in helping and making a difference in the
World. Bradley is actually making his dreams come true in creating the
KEF.
There are no words to express the pride and love I feel when I see how
many lives my son has changed.
The proud Mom,
Matilde Broder,
President of Power Travel Int'l Inc

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Donor

Rating: 5

The KEF is a remarkable direct-to-the-people organization, with funds and support of all forms being managed directly by the founder and even some KEF alums! I have long been involved in the life of Bradley Broder, who founded this organization in 2005 after serving in the Peace Corps and finding his life's mission, and I must tell you there is no more dedicated and remarkably committed young man! The success rate of the KEF in providing young Kenyans and especially girls with the opportunity to complete their educations uninterrupted and continue on to fully developed adult lives is a joy for me to continue to support and remain involved with always. I have sponsored fully a successful graduate and I look forward to my new student's similar success!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The KEF is beyond inspiring. From the core leaders all the way to the students. There is nothing better than seeing the faces of those beautiful children knowing that they are receiving an education from the generosity of individuals who don't even know them. The founders and board of the KEF are honest, hard working and care deeply about each and every student they send to school. No child is left unnoticed.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

KEF is a wonderful organization providing education for students who otherwise would not be able to go to school. I know of no other better way to help the country. We get letters from our adopted son that we sponsor and he is so grateful for this opportunity to better himself and be successful in life.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.