Over the summer of 2010 I had the amazing opportunity to intern at KEF working closely with co-founders Robert and Mary Burns. The depth of their conscience and understanding when speaking about the lives of the villagers in Manyesa, Malawi is inspiring. KEF is not a charity, it's a group of board members and individuals who are trying to help a village succeed after years of famine and poverty. The overall mission of Kasimu Education Fund is that villagers have the opportunity for better education. Funding this education is minimal in comparison to the ultimate impact. This single goal of better education transcends through generations to improves the livelihood of villagers in the Manyesa area, an education gives locals the wherewithal and opportunity to put an end to the devastating cycle of poverty. Regarding poverty, Mohammad Unis once said, "it is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems" KEF is a humble and simple the solution to what many look at as overwhelming. KEF operates on a model based on local empowerment, that they one day all operations in the village will be self-sustaining and locally run. My experience with KEF has been to say the least enlightening to the profound impact a small group of individuals can make.
Review from Guidestar
I am proud to be part of the wonderful charitable group since its inception, Kasimu Education Fund. Through the efforts of a few dedicated people we have been able to provide classrooms; food program; provide uniforms for orphans; supplement the salary of 9 teachers for 1100 elementary students and provide scholarships for those continuing on to high school. We are now in the process of seeking donations to build a high school.