As I am sure you will recall, we decided that, due to the workload for our managing trustee, we are not taking any fresh students into sponsorship through KES. This means that once all the present students have completed secondary school and we have helped those who have the chance of university, we will close the charity. This will not be till March 2024.
In the past, when a student has finished secondary school, sponsors often asked to fund a further student into sponsorship. As KES is not taking on new scholars this is no longer possible. As some may still be keen Trustees want you to know there is a great way to continue funding scholars, with schools we know - here’s how...
When the chair of trustees John and founding trustee Simon visited Kenya in March 2018 they went with Joseph (who you may recall Simon sponsored in the 1980s and who set up Bahati Division Academy) to visit his old school of Starehe Boys Centre and the girls school Starehe Girls Centre.
Both these schools accept students that show great promise. Only 30% of each years’ intake are fee paying and the remainder are sponsored. John and Simon were very impressed with the school, its facilities, ambience and performance. The result being they both sponsored students at Starehe Girls Centre from 2018.
Starehe dormitory Starehe Dining Hall
Starehe Boys Centre sports field Starehe Resource Centre
The Starehe schools have their own UK based charity which supports both schools and manages sponsorships in very much the same way as we have done at KES – though they are a larger charity with a longer track record. The result is that it is possible to sponsor further students through the charity Starehe UK – which is what Simon did for further students from January 2019. Whereas it is of course possible to sponsor students direct with the school, by doing this through Starehe UK the gift aid can be recovered just as it is through KES.
Starehe Girls centre http://www.starehegirlscentre.co.ke
Starehe Boys Centre http://www.stareheboyscentre.ac.ke
And you can donate to Starehe online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/stareheuk
So if any sponsors wish to continue sponsoring either girls or boys in Kenya – we are very happy to refer you to Starehe UK. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Simon at email@example.com or 07787786818