Isaiah (Operations, Turkana)

“I was born into a family of eleven in Turkana county Kenya, a semi arid area with almost no vegetation cover. I grew up in a very devastating and bitter environment, but I never deviated from my vision and dreams. I would say poverty was part and parcel of us, we were born with it....

Serah Kimeu (Counsellor, Kenya)

Serah Kimeu joined us at the start of 2022 to develop our initial counselling program into a psychosocial program. I grew up in the Eastern part of Kenya, this is one of the driest area in the country. Our parents had to struggle to provide for us thus leaving no time for them to sit...

GEF Safari Race Series

The GEF Safari Series, licensed by Scottish Athletics, gives runners the chance to compete over 3 different distances whilst also receiving a unique Kenyan safari animal medal at each event.  The 2022 series has 3 brand new medals and winners trophies up for grabs and sees Mel's Mile take place down Union Street in association...

Kenyan board of management

Advisory Committee (Kenya)

Our Advisory Committee in Kenya work with us voluntarily on a number of fronts, ensuring consistent alignment with our vision, mission, values and objectives. Their experience comes from a variety of fields including teaching, church & business. They utilise their experience and their networks to help us deliver support with maximum effective and efficiency.

William, age 6

William is 6 years old and has a twin sister Ester, they previously lived with both parents until they separated. This forced Esther, William, and their mother to take refuge with a neighbor where they still remain. Currently, Margaret does neighbour's laundry where possible and earns $3 on a good day . The same income...

MaryAnn, age 14

MaryAnn recently completed her primary education and scored and impressive mark of 363/500 despite her challenges at home. She was brought up by her both parents but unfortunately in 2020 her father passed away due to COVID-19. Her father was the bread winner of the family and while he was alive they lived in her...

Ann, age 13

Ann scored 369/500 in her the final Primary School exams.  She lives with her both parents, her father earns $4 as a temporary worker per day when he can get work. However, there are many days when he does not have the opportunity of work. Her mother is unemployed and looks after the family.  Ann...

Isaac

Isaac and his family were living in the most cramped conditions we have seen, a 3×3 metre single room mud hut by the side of a road.  Prior to his birth his mum and older siblings had lived in the forest but were evicted by the Government and then put on a waiting list for...

Pavilion Village Children’s Home

Back in 2013 an inspirational visit to the Pavilion Village children’s home in Karatina provided the catalyst for our founders to establish the Gathimba Edwards Foundation. The Pavilion Village was home to 22 children at the time – most of whom had either lost their biological parents due to HIV, been abandoned or abused by...

Peter

We met Peter during our first visit to the Pavilion Village children’s home back in 2013.  He is a polite, personable and ambitious young man who thrived once he was able to attend primary and secondary without fear of being sent home due to a lack of fees.  We are grateful to his sponsor Jonathan...

Joy

Joy is a smiley, polite little girl who loves singing and playing football.  She lives in a very challenging environment in a small mud house with her mum and five siblings.  Prior to receiving GEF support the family would regularly go days without food and Joy had not started primary school despite being past the...

Fiona Booth Kenya

Cheerful Children’s Home

This incredible place is currently home to 20 children who have a wide range of disabilities.  It is run by a selfless and ever-smiling lady called Margaret who some years back chose to retire early from the teaching profession and dedicate her life to looking after these wonderful children. We are proud to support them...

Ladies Lunch

GEF's very first ladies lunch will take place this summer, kindly headline sponsored by The Property Duo. Date: Friday, 16th of September 2022 Time: 1pm to 5pm Location: Union Kirk, Union Street, Aberdeen Cost: Tickets are £50pp which includes, a goodie bag, arrival drink, 3 course lunch consisting of canapes, main course and a fabulous...

Neil McArthur (Trustee)

Neil came on board as a Trustee in 2019 and has been a force of nature helping on a number of fronts since then. His wealth of knowledge from the charity and business sectors has been invaluable.  In May 2021, Neil climbed Bennachie 31 times in 31 days as a fundraiser for the charity and...

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Kayleigh Paterson (Charity Development, Aberdeen)

Kayleigh Paterson joined our team as Charity Development Executive in August 2018. Kayleigh was invaluable volunteering 7 days a week for a few months on top of her previous role with a company next door to the GEF office in Aberdeen. The full time role is based in Aberdeen, Scotland and sees Kayleigh assist with...

Quiz nights

Our quarterly quiz nights in Aberdeen are a chance to get your friends together for a bite to eat and a bit of fun while raising money for kids in Kenya and Aberdeenshire. The first in our series of four GEF quizzes, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers Solicitors, took place at the Ashvale Restaurant in Feb 2019...

Charity of the Year

Choose Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF) as your Charity of the Year and help us make a very real difference to children in Kenya and Aberdeenshire. Why Gathimba Edwards Foundation? We were first set up to give kids in Kenya a chance. With numerous projects across Kenya our aim is to help disadvantaged children get a...

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Kenya House Building Trip

Since 2014 we have built 50 homes for 212 children.  We believe that every child deserves to have a roof over their head, a comfortable bed to sleep on and a safe place of shelter in which they can also study. As part of our annual house building trip, international volunteers have been involved in...

Chimp Management (Corporate Sponsor)

Keen to support charities, Professor Steve Peters and Chimp Management Ltd first offered their support to us in early 2016.  The chance to build houses in rural Kenya for families in need, proved to be an exceptionally popular opportunity amongst the team of mentors. The selection process was decided by competitive application and after much...

Bancon Homes (House Building Sponsor)

Having seen the great things that are achieved with people coming together to help other far less fortunate, we are grateful to be involved along with many others giving what they can to assist in the process of all the great works that the charity achieves.   Jamie Tosh, Bancon Homes, GEF House Building Supporter...

Phil Anderson Financial Services (Headline Dinner Sponsor)

Gathimba Edwards Foundation’s biennial dinner in support of disadvantaged children in Kenya was headline sponsored by Phil Anderson Financial Services.  This event, which was the third one of its kind, took place on Saturday 16th February 2019 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. It was an evening of inspiring international speakers, awards, authentic Kenyan cuisine, unique...

Darren Cocker (House Building Chief)

I started volunteering with the charity back in 2015 when I was given the chance through my previous employer to take part in what I thought was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’. Six years later and I am the charity’s house building trip project manager and I love my voluntary role within the charity. ...

GEF Dinners

Our biennial fundraising dinners offer inspiring speakers, great food, live music, unique prizes and more. To date, they have raised at total of £141,760 which has helped us to support 500 children through education, build 50 houses, start 40 business/farming projects and run a psychosocial support. Speakers have included inspirational mountaineer Jamie Andrew, former world...

£50,657 raised at our 2019 GEF Dinner: Sponsored by Phil Anderson Financial Services

Our third GEF dinner took place on Saturday 16th February 2019 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen.  The event which was headline sponsored by Phil Anderson Financial Services Ltd raised a GEF record £50,657 profit.  The evening consisted of inspiring international speakers, awards, authentic Kenyan cuisine, unique prizes and much more. Thanks to the sponsors, volunteers and 400...

Drew Leitch in Kenya

Drew Leitch (Office Sponsor & Trustee)

I’ve been fortunate to travel extensively over the years – mainly through work related opportunities. Travelling is fantastic but you do see your fair share of inequality and poverty. For many years, my way of helping was to support the big charity fundraisers each year … but it all felt too detached / anonymous.  So...

Helen Leitch (Office Sponsor & Accounts)

I was first introduced to GEF back in 2015 and felt inspired to get more involved.   Participation in the building trip in October 2015 was a memorable experience and the highlight was having the opportunity to meet Ivy (the wee one that we sponsor each month) and the rest of her family.   I...

GEF Haddo Cross Country Races

Our next Haddo Cross Country Races is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 30th of January 2021.  This is subject to the on-going repairs currently taking place on the grounds following the recent storm.   2020 event Thank you very much to everyone who ran and supported our 5th GEF Haddo Cross Country races in...

Dan Mulhare in Kenya

Dan Mulhare (Trustee)

My name is Dan Mulhare and I first met Myles while studying at Edinburgh Napier University in 2007.   We both share a love of athletics and it’s through athletics our friendship was born after we both competed on the same University Team.  After I graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering in 2010 I...

Faith

Faith and her mum were both born with a genetic condition which resulted in them having no hands or feet.  Despite the challenges her life comes with, Faith never allows her disability to stop her.  She always sprints over to visitors and greets them with a big hug and smile, enjoys playing football, writing and...

Two Feet Business Start Ups

Gathimba Edwards Foundation was initially set up to provide education and shelter for children and their families.  However, following community engagement we decided that we wanted to do more in assisting families to become self sufficient. With this in mind we developed the Two Feet business start-up initiative which has so far enabled 40 families...

Fundraising

Why not register now to run, jog, walk or cycle in an event to support the Gathimba Edwards Foundation? Throughout the year we are involved in a number of local runs and can offer charity spots If our official event dates are unsuitable for you why not sign up to a different event and raise...

Wedding favours

  Congratulations on finding your happily ever after! In lieu of traditional wedding favours, perhaps you may wish to make a donation in guests honour towards our kids in Kenya. By supporting the Gathimba Edwards Foundation on your wedding day you will be helping us change lives of underprivileged children in Kenya through education, counselling,...

Benevity

Are you a company who would like to take a small action that can add up to a serious social impact?   Benevity can help you through various solutions such as: Employee Workplace Giving Matching gifts programs Grant making   Some of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning solutions to power their...

eBay

Gathimba Edwards Foundation are part of eBay for Charity! eBay for Charity can help raise funds and boost a charity’s profile with 17 million unique monthly visitors in the UK, and more than 100 million worldwide. eBay for Charity is an easy way for buyers and sellers on eBay.co.uk to support their favourite charities. Buyers...

Bag packs

Our first bag pack followed after Myles’ first visit to the Pavilion Village children’s home with Gideon in May 2013, back when the charity was just an idea.  Over £800 was raised at Sainsbury’s Garthdee in Aberdeen thanks to the amazing generosity of shoppers and our team of GEF volunteers.  This enabled us to pay...

12 Days 12 Futures

Previously in the 12 days leading up to Christmas we shared some powerful words from 12 wonderful children in the hope that we could find sponsors for them. Over the past 5 years we have seen 60 children’s lives changed as a result; before this they were out of school, struggling for food and living in...

CHRISTMAS

KIDS NOT CARDS Instead of buying Christmas cards, this year, why don’t you or your company donate the money you would have spent on buying Christmas cards and postage, and show that you care by making a donation to the Gathimba Edwards Foundation?   A donation of £11 could pay for a pair of shoes...

Faith and Ann

Faith and Ann are young, happy and now carefree twins enjoying pre-school.  Despite the many challenges they have faced, Faith and Ann never stop smiling and laughing. When we met them and their family they were living in some of the worst conditions we have seen. Their mum, Tabitha, worked on a coffee farm and...

Meet the team - Kenya

James Gathekia (Operations, Karatina)

We welcomed James into our team in October 2017 following some strong recommendations from other volunteers and also seeing his incredible voluntary efforts – most notably in sleeping on site for 2 weeks to make sure that all materials were safe and secure during our volunteer house building trip in Kabaru.  He also played an...

Darren Cocker, Aberdeen

“I started with the charity back in 2015 as was given the chance through my work to take part in what I thought was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ 3 years on and I am the charity’s project manager and love my job within the charity, the highlight for me and driving power that...

MDT International (UK Office Sponsor)

MDT International have provided the Gathimba Edwards Foundation with an office in Aberdeen since early 2016.  This came a less than a year after MDT’s Owner Drew first met our founder Myles and participated in the GEF Building trip in October 2015. We are delighted to support the Gathimba Edwards Foundation – a charity making a...

Victor

Viki is one of the real characters amongst the children we are supporting in Iten. He was born in June 2000 and is currently at St Peter’s Secondary where his favourite subject is science. Viki loves to dance, play Temple Run on Myles’ phone, eat rice and liver and also run every morning.  He also...

Meet the team - Kenya - David

David Sagida (Operations, Iten)

David is in charge of our operations in Iten and the surrounding areas.  He always has a big smile on his face building houses and when delivering materials balanced on his motorbike to the families we are supporting. His role also involves paying school fees for the children we support, coordinating our child sponsorship and...

Meet the team - Kevin

Kevin Mathenge (General Manager)

Kevin volunteered with GEF in 2017 and officially joined our team a year later having become an integral part of the charity during his volunteering period.  As General Manager his wide ranging role covers finance management, budgeting & forecasting, information management, admin, policy, school reports, liaising with supporters of the charity and much more. I...

Dr. Wambugu Njagi (Counselling & Medical)

Since 2016, Dr. Wambugu Njagi has provided our children with counselling and medical support on a voluntary basis, regularly giving up his time to support our seminars. With vast experience working in Government hospitals and private practice up to 2004, Dr Wambugu then decided to study Counselling & Psychology at the University of Nairobi up...

Our work in Scotland

Sadly on 7th September 2014 the Gathimba Edwards Foundation lost one of our most loyal supporters in Neil Jaffrey when he was tragically killed whilst cycling in Aberdeen. Neil, more commonly known as ‘Eddie’, really was one of a kind. He had a unique ability to take an interest in everyone he met and help...

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