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Kenya Education Fund

  • New York, NY
  • www.kenyaeducationfund.org

Mission Statement

The Kenya Education Fund (KEF) is an international nonprofit organization that provides 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.

In Kenya, high school is not free. The cost of both public and private schools prohibit 3 out of 4 students - most of them girls - from completing high school due to poverty and gender inequality. KEF is dedicated to helping promising but needy Kenyans improve their lives by giving them the opportunity to finish high school and acquire the skills they need to be healthy and successful members of our global community.

Main Programs

  1. Life Skills and Career Readiness Workshops
  2. Academic Scholarships Program
Service Areas

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International

The Kenya Education Fund is unique in that our scholarship program reaches every corner of Kenya and covers a diverse mix of ethnic communities.  Scholarship recipients range from urban slum-dwellers to rural nomadic families.  A significant portion of our scholarship recipients represent the children of peasant farmers from across the county's rural areas.  We strive to maintain a balance between nomadic and non-nomadic students, as well between girls and boys.

ruling year

2002

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Bradley Broder

Kenya Country Director and Co-Founder

Self-reported

Mr. Dominic Muasya

Keywords

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educate, education, Kenya, high school, scholarship, nomadic, secondary school, Kenyan, HIV/AIDS prevention, life skills, Africa, scholar, student

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Also Known As

KEF

EIN

54-2056227

Physical Address

PO Box 7015

McLean, 22106 7015

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2016 alone, Kenya Education Fund is providing scholarships and life skills and career readiness workshops to more than 800 disadvantaged students enrolled in over 250 high schools and universities across Kenya. 
  
By providing access to education in Kenya, the KEF is gradually changing a Kenyan narrative historically marked by cycles of despair, injustice and poverty. Although this brand of success is not easily measured, its results can be seen in the pride of the student who is the first in her family to attend high school, or in the many girls who have avoided early marriages and female circumcision because of the opportunity to attend and complete high school. As these graduates eventually raise families of their own, the value and benefits of an education are passed on to the next generation. The ripple affect of educating one student is immeasurable.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Life Skills and Career Readiness Workshops

KEF conducts workshops for all of our scholarship recipients when they are in 9th grade, 11th grade and after they complete high school. These workshops are designed to give KEF scholars important life skills needed to succeed outside the classroom as well as academically. Workshops are facilitated by university students, private-sector professionals and nonprofit partners who also serve as mentors and give our students the guidance they need to navigate successfully through their academic and professional lives.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$75,000

Program 2

Academic Scholarships Program

KEF Scholarships are typically 4-year boarding scholarships to high schools in Kenya. Included are school fees, room and board, uniforms, shoes, sanitary pads, textbooks, scientific calculator, field trips, exam fees and all expenses to attend 3 KEF Mentoring and Career Readiness Workshops.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$515,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    KEF's goal is to provide educational scholarships to as many Kenyan students as possible until Kenya decides to universalize high school education. In doing this we aim to provide young people with the tools they need to become self-reliant so that they may gain a stable and productive life for themselves and their families.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    KEF's strategy is to provide high school scholarships and life skills workshops to Kenyan students who are locked out of the school system in their country due to poverty or gender disparity.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    KEF raises funds in the US via a sponsorship model that underwrites the cost of scholarships in Kenya. The KEF office in Nairobi has dedicated staff who manage and administer the scholarship and workshop programs of the KEF.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Important indicators that the KEF is successful include:
    1. The number of students who complete high school with our scholarship
    2. The number of students who successfully transition from high school to tertiary level education in Kenya or internationally.
    3. KEF alumni becoming self-reliant and employed.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    KEF has not been able to track longitudinal data on many beneficiaries due to Kenya's poor telecommunications infrastructure. We know that a majority of the student we enroll in 9th grade are completing high school. We do not have complete data on how many are enrolling in tertiary level schools and completing their diploma or degree courses.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Kenya Education Fund is unique in that our scholarship program reaches every corner of Kenya and covers a diverse mix of ethnic communities.  Scholarship recipients range from urban slum-dwellers to rural nomadic families.  A significant portion of our scholarship recipients represent the children of peasant farmers from across the county's rural areas.  We strive to maintain a balance between nomadic and non-nomadic students, as well between girls and boys.

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Financials

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KENYA EDUCATION FUND INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Kenya Education Fund

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Bradley Broder

Kenya Country Director and Co-Founder

Mr. Dominic Muasya

BIO

Mr. Broder founded KEF after serving for two years as Peace Corps Volunteer from 1999-2001. He started KEF as a means of assisting a few children he befriended while in the Peace Corps. Brad has more than 15 years experience in Kenya and speaks fluent Kiswahili. His knowledge of the culture, language and international development issues have contributed to the uniquely straightforward design of the KEF, which emphasizes capacity building among Kenyans while minimizing Kenya's reliance on international aid. Brad holds a BA in Spanish from SUNY Stony Brook and an MA in political science from Western Washington University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ricki Kanter

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?