Kenya Drylands Education Fund

Opportunity, Education, Empowerment

aka Kenya Drylands Education Fund   |   Manchester, VT   |  www.kdef.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2013

Co-founding Executive Director

Sarah Hadden

Main address

535 Prospect St. P.O. Box 505

Manchester, VT 05254 USA

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EIN

46-1992106

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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

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

Menstrual Hygiene Program

On average girls in Northern Kenya miss five days of school every month due to lack of menstrual hygiene products. KDEF supplies girls in primary school with a moisture resistant storage bag containing 5 reusable pads of different absorbencies, two carry pouches, underwear, soap, soap sack and clothespin. Wit this assistance girls have a chance to achieve their full potential, getting the education they need to obtain jobs that contribute to the economic stability of their families and communities.

Population(s) Served

KDEF provides promising secondary school students from vulnerable families in Northern Kenya with the resources they need to complete four years of study in high quality boarding schools, without distractions or want for food clothing, school and personal supplies, and safe housing. KDEF focuses primarily on educating girls (70% of our students are girls) because boys have traditionally had more educational opportunities than girls in Kenya with this focus we can begin to address the imbalance.

Population(s) Served

KDEF sponsors an annual 3-day program focusing on life skills, health and social issues, career guidance and individual counseling. The facilitators are Kenyan teachers, community leaders and government officials selected for their experience and their eagerness to mentor students at this formative stage in life. Participants return to their villages and schools, spreading their newfound knowledge as they model new life skills and healthy behaviors.

Population(s) Served

We offer educational opportunities to students from Marsabit and Samburu Counties, Kenya.
Our mission is to raise awareness of women's health issues, and to promote gender equality, thereby increasing the odds of women and men acting together to make important contributions to the vitality of northern Kenya.

Population(s) Served

In order to attract and retain learners, KDEF creates a conducive environment by equipping schools with classrooms, kitchens, sanitation facilities and water systems. Generous donations from KDEF supporters have enabled the purchase of a water truck that supplies schools and villages with water during seasons of drought and other natural disasters. Donating towards water also provides the funds needed to construct wells, water catchments and other sustainable water solutions for communities and schools.

Population(s) Served

With the Corona Virus looming around the corner, communities in the Drylands of Northern Kenya are worried and frightened. A few small health facilities serve the entire area and basic supplies such as masks and gloves are in short supply. With the government's "Stay at Home" and "Wash your Hands" directives, lack of water is a real concern. It is needed for drinking, cooking, and hand washing. Women and girls make long, daily walks to access water and this has a become impossible with local authorities on the lookout for rule breakers. KDEF is working hard to meet these needs. So far 7,000 households have received deliveries of water, soap and hand sanitizers. Multiple hand washing stations have been set up in each village along with posters in local languages describing precautionary measures. Our goal is to reach 20,000 more households as quickly as we can.
How you can help:
$10 per day - Pays the stipend for a Community Health Worker, who is deployed in community door to door campaigns to distribute soap, hand sanitizers and information
$25 - Provides protective equipment for Community Health Workers raising awareness and fighting the spread of COVID-19.
$40 - Buys a hand washing station. Staffed by volunteers, these stations serve as key access for health awareness information, soap and hand sanitizer.
$50 - Distributes soap and hand sanitizer to families living in the Drylands of Northern Kenya.
$125 - Pays for the delivery of a 12,000 liter truckload of water to villages in the Drylands

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    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 your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Kenya Drylands Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 5/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ellen Leeds

KURA Project Incorporated

Term: 2018 - 2021

Linda Drunsic

Ahmed Omar

Monica Knorr

Kim Kowanko

Madeline Baer

Pamela Art

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? No