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Review for Kasimu Education Fund, Mountain View, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Kasimu Education Fund has been sucessful in providing high school scholarships, elementary school facilities, training teachers, providing a daily meal for 1,300 elementary school students, initiating a preschool and planning for the construction and operation of a high school with a solar/wind powered electrical and water systems. The essential part of the program is goal to empower the villagers to develop and manage these improvements. KEF's goal is to provide "startup support" for these improvements which are to be completed by 2015 when it is intended that the operations will be self supporting. The financial requirements of the villages will be met through a micro-finance program which is currently supporting 190 small businesses and 240 farmers (via seed and fertilizer).

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

We visited the eight villages in Malawi in 2008, to organize management committees and we maintain regular communications with the committees who manage the programs.

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

Provide funding to construct the high school, construct the designed solar/wind powered electrical/water systems and provide an irrigation system to enable multiple harvests for farmers. These are essential elements needed for self sufficiency.

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

the enthusiasm and support for education for all children and the for adult education. Example, the villagers hand-made 400,000 bricks for the construction of facilities.

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

Retired teachers who started pre-school; young adults who volunteered as teachers' aides to assist teachers; villagers who serve on scholarship committee, facilities committee and the mothers who prepare the daily meals for 1,300 students.

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

We don't need $10 million bucks. If we can obtain grants of $350 thousand over the next four years, the physical facilities development would be completed and the villages would establish self sufficiency without funding from the Kasimu Education Fund.

Ways to make it better...

Sufficient funds were available to support the "start-up" of programs and to fund the high school. Improved electronic communications is also needed.

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

Adequate funding to provide high school facilities, an irrigation system and to fund the start up of revenue producing businesses. Adequate electronic communications capability is needed to improve management and support

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

The people of Malawi are the most joyful, generous, self sacrificing people I have ever worked with. We in the Northern Hemisphere can learn a great deal from them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I have assisted my wife Mary in the formation and operation of this program to assist the eight villages in Malawi to improve education and economic development in this rural and impoverished area.