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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

meeting with the co-founders and board members to talk about future goals and aspirations of current operations in Manyesa, Malawi.

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

Experiencing the impact a what can be done with just a few people in a few years. It brings light to the realities of life in developing nation and the hardships that can easily be overcome. Simple things like education make the word of difference.

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

Its a very small organization so it didn't take long to meet everyone involved. The Members of KEF are all very motivated and passionate about the success of their foundation. The board brings together many differing perspectives.

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

The difference they make with a few thousand dollars is remarkable, I am certain with extra funding the highschool would be completed, corn mill installed and running, micro-finance program expanded and self sustaining.

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Role:  Volunteer & Global Fellows Intern from Santa Clara University.