Empowering young Kenyans
Opening doors to the future
Opening doors to the future
The primary mission of the Kenya Education Endowment Fund (KEEF) is to provide scholarships for very bright students from Kakamega County in Western Kenya who do not have the financial means to pay the fees for secondary and post secondary education. Secondary school fees are $600 or more per year.
In 2020 we are supporting 120 secondary school students and about 30 students in post secondary programs.Find out more about us
Updated August 3, 2020 Habari (hello) from KEEF to our sponsors and supporters!
This is an update of our April 9, 2020 message to let you know how our 130 secondary students are doing during these pandemic times. [Our April 9 message from Alinda is below.
Similar to Canada, KEEF students are ‘learning from home’ and outlines for learning expectations are provided for each form (grade). In mid-March students returned home to their small rural farms in poor communities. We have recently been informed that secondary schools will not re-open until January 2021 and students are trying to keep up with their studies until then.
In January, the school year will begin again as students had only completed term one of the three term year. The Ministry of Education has provided expectations online, however they have not provided access to supports. We have taken some action to help our students stay connected to their studies and hopeful for when their schools re-open. Sarah Nabongo (Kenyan office manager), the KEEF Kenyan board and some KEEF alumni have been in regular contact with our students. They provide mentoring support and are helping us to understand the specific challenges of each KEEF student. Based on responses from our students, they – and their parents/guardians – have been very appreciative that KEEF has reached out to contact them.
Covid Fund KEEF Canada has established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund. This is providing solar lamps, some financial assistance to students who have lost a parent, and revision books (something like Cole notes). We are trying to make sure that all students have the opportunity to effectively continue with their studies until the January opening.
If you are able to assist us to meet the needs of students during this difficult time, we welcome your donations. Options for donations are below and more details are on our web site. Be sure to add a note that your donation is for KEEF’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund.
UPDATE: Student Challenge: Virtual Cycling Tour of South America
A few weeks ago, KEEF offered a challenge to all B.C. Middle and High School students to create a virtual cycling tour of one of six South American countries (max. 450 words).
We are pleased to congratulate Matias Aviles Vezina and Philippe Linfoot, grade 6 students at École Victor Brodeur in Esquimalt, BC, (near Victoria) whose joint entry is the randomly selected regional winning entry. They researched the country of Chile and submitted their report on what they might have encountered there on a cycling tour of South America.
The Challenge was offered when COVID-19 precautions indefinitely postponed an actual five and a half month cycling tour & fundraiser across South America, planned by a long time KEEF supporter for summer 2020. KEEF is grateful to the teachers, students, and home schooling parents who considered the Challenge.
To recognize Philippe’s and Matias’s efforts, a KEEF Supporter has made a donation to help another bright, very poor student in Kenya, East Africa to attend high school - which is not free there. Congratulations, Matias and Philippe! To read their report (in French & English), click here
We thank Cyril Lukaya in Kakamega and Janice Trenholme for providing the original videos.
KEEF Workshops 2017 (3 min.)
April 9, 2020 Thank you, KEEF sponsors and supporters for your interest and concern as we cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kenya has closed schools, universities, and many businesses, and restricted or banned most forms of travel. The 120 secondary students that we sponsor were all sent home and are trying to keep safe as they assist their families and find ways to study.
The KEEF Board is reaching out to our secondary students through Sarah, our Office Administrator, and through many of the facilitators that help with the annual November workshops. [See the photo at left]. Sarah has phone contacts for all of our students and will bring concerns to our attention.
Approximately 30 KEEF post secondary students are in a variety of places throughout Kenya. Some have returned home, and some are staying at or nearby their university.
Most post secondary students are active on social media, and we have asked them to contact Sarah to update their circumstances. Many students quickly responded and Sarah will follow up on the others by phone.
It is important to note that KEEF is not a “relief” organization and we do not have funds to directly support the range of needs that can be anticipated. However, we will do what we can and we will keep our sponsors informed.
Keep safe, everyone, as we play our part in a global response to COVID-19.
Alinda Ware, President, for the KEEF Board of Directors
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