Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: September 3, 2013, 4:18 PM
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.
Many people do not realize that high school in developing countries is not free. In Kenya, both public and private high schools cost hundreds of dollars in tuition, boarding, and supplies each year. This means roughly three-quarters all of Kenyans - many of them girls – cannot complete high school because they are poor.
The KEF is dedicated to helping underprivileged 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. The KEF currently sponsors 500 students in over 200 boarding schools across Kenya.
Further, the KEF aims to be an "invisible NGO" by offering educational assistance and direction in a manner that fosters less dependency on outsiders and a greater sense of accomplishment for Kenyans. We find that we can accomplish this by building on the wealth of resources, culture and creativity that already flourish within Kenya's existing educational infrastructure.
The KEF also feels that education is the key to reducing Kenya's HIV/AIDS prevalence (approximately 6.1% - UNAIDS 2007), stemming its widespread corruption, and leading the country towards economic independence.