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A fundraising appeal from Kenyan Educational Support
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KES scholars’ success creates a challenge for us

Success
In December each year we receive results for the hard work of our secondary school leavers. Just like UK A levels, the results are eagerly awaited by students and their families, as they are the entry qualification for university. In 2019 twelve scholars completed their ‘Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education’.

Most years we have been delighted that at least 50% achieved a mean score of C+ or higher  and were offered a university place.  This year all twelve KES students achieved, or beat, the threshold. We are overjoyed at their hard work and the resourcefulness of their teachers. Our thanks go to Vanessa Grant Girls school (eight girls qualified) and Sacred Heart Boys (four boys qualified).

Challenge
Avid readers of our Newsletters will know that students from impoverished backgrounds can apply for a government loan to cover their university fees and student accommodation, but the funds don’t arrive until after the first semester. So, KES students often couldn’t take up their places without extra financial help to get started.

Extra fundraising and donations have enabled Trustees to make one-off grants to such students in previous years. Grants generally work out at £300 per student. However, income for KES comes almost entirely from individual sponsors who sponsor individual students, so there is little spare funding. This means KES needs to raise an additional £1,800 this year to cover the unexpected and very welcome success.

Appeal
So, we are making a one-off appeal to all our supporters and friends in the hope that you will help us raise the additional funds KES needs to set our twelve students up for a successful start to their first term at university.

We do hope you can support this appeal in some way. Every little counts and all donations will go directly to support KES students.

If you do want to make a donation please visit our donation page on the Charities Aid Foundation and click on the 'Donate to this charity' button.
The reality of where our KES students and how far
they've come to achieve places at university.

KES students at university

The success of all twelve of our KES students winning university places this year inspired us to have a look back. One illustration of the impact of your support is that at least 25 KES-sponsored students have gone on to higher education in Kenya, greatly increasing their own life chances as well as becoming role models and influencers.
 
We thought you might like to see what our students went on to study, as well as getting a picture of the great variety of Kenyan university degree courses.
 
So, here goes:
 
Edwin – Bachelor in Economics
Faith – Bachelor in Education (Science, Mathematics & Chemistry) – hooray! how great that she wants to teach
Martha, Michael and Elisabeth – BA Commerce
Peter Maina – Community Development
Samuel and Eliud – BSc Analytical Chemistry
Joseph – Journalism and Mass Communication
James Samuriah – Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
Stephen Mwangi – Agricultural Science at Nairobi University
Lucy Mbaire – who featured in a previous KES newsletter for her work with a village community on World Wetlands Day – Environmental and Community Studies
Martin – Development Studies with IT (and part-time DJ apparently – according to his social media posts!)
Nahashon – Science Statistics
Ann – Kiswahili Communications
Sammy – Business IT
Enoch – Nursing (an expensive and long degree course – Enoch is realising his dream in becoming a nurse)
Peter Kanuiki – Design at Technical University of Kenya
Esther – Social Sciences
Margaret – Veterinary Studies
James Wandutu – Marine Management
Lucy – BA Arts
Josphat – BSc Mathematics and Economics with IT
Rael – BSc Procurement and Contract Management
 
You can see how many of the courses are vocational and also that many of our students are involved in studies which are likely to be critical to Kenya’s environment and economy. We congratulate them all on their success and wish them all the best for the future.
 
And on their behalf, thank you, our supporters, for making their dreams a reality.

To make a donation to help more of our students please visit our donation page on the Charities Aid Foundation and click on the 'Donate to this charity' button.
Three of our KES students who have gained places at university.
     
     
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