Educational Institutions

Kenya Drylands Education Fund

Opportunity, Education, Empowerment

aka Kenya Drylands Education Fund

Manchester, VT


Kenya Drylands Education Fund strives to improve educational opportunities for the underserved population of Marsabit and Samburu Counties in Northern Kenya.

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Co-founding Executive Director

Sarah Hadden

Main Address

535 Prospect St. P.O. Box 505

Manchester, VT 05254 USA


Kenya, Education, Opportunity, Empowerment





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

In Sub-Saharan Africa 50% of school age children are not in school and among this these the biggest percentage are girls. To address poverty issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and more specifically Northern Kenya, KDEF provides opportunities for bright but poor students to achieve a high school education, which is unaffordable for the majority of the families. KDEF’s mission is to improve education standards in this region insuring the next generation opportunities for a better life.

Our programs

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

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Menstrual Hygiene Program

High School Scholarship Program

The Mentorship Program

Kenya Drylands Education Fund

Water and Classrooms for All

COVID-19 Response

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our organization has put in place a holistic approach to improve the education standards in the Drylands of Africa. The approaches are the attraction and retention of learners in Primary Schools and through our Scholarship Program we ensure transition into high school by paying for school fees for kids from poor marginalized families.

Our strategy is a holistic approach for improving the education standards at different levels. We provide reusable menstrual pads to ensure girls do not miss classes and stay in school thus avoiding early marriage and female genital mutilation. We provide high school scholarships for students from poor families so they can achieve their dreams of self-reliance therefore coming back home and supporting their families. To safeguard the investment we make in students we provide mentorship programs that guide them on social and health issues.

Our organization uses local grassroots’ leaders coming from these communities with several years of experience in this sector and partners with local communities and stakeholders and government to achieve its mission. We have financial support from individuals and foundations to achieve our mission.

KDEF uses technology and specifically a customer relation platform called Sales Force to collect and store data thereby analyzing on a daily basis the performance of all our programs. We collect data at baseline, midline and end line to do an assessment and thereby at the end doing an end line assessment to ascertain the impact of our programs.

Our overall mission of providing educational opportunities is succeeding. The number of high school students we are sponsoring grew this year from 50 to 90. In addition, we have raised enough money to purchase a KDEF water truck, build two water catchment areas, refurbish another well, open a new classroom building, complete a science center in one of the high schools, and fence an entire school compound. All these achievements are linked to the goal of keeping the children in school and raising the educational standards among the people. With clean and accessible water, with classrooms and teachers, the students will benefit, and the communities will become self-reliant. What's Next? With help from local community involvement in all our decision making, we plan to increase the number of projects for sustainable water solutions in the drought prone communities in Marsabit and Samburu Counties. Increase the number of High School Scholarships as well as deliveries of reusable menstrual pads to Primary School girls. Continue our already successful Mentorship Program with increased numbers and provide more infrastructure projects such as classrooms, libraries and media centers for the underserve people we serve in Northern Kenya.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, community meetings/town halls, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

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