Abigael W

Despite being regularly sent home from school due to a lack of fees, Abigael’s determination to do well at school and in life is not diminished. Sadly she and her two siblings lost their mum suddenly in 2023 and are now cared for by their grandmother. Their gran told us 'I decided to support these...

Aryan

Aryan currently lives with her 6 siblings and two parents in a small broken structure. Her parents work hard when jobs are available but at most they each earn £1.50 per day. This make it impossible to afford school fees and so the children are regularly sent home from school. They often go to sleep...

Brian N

Brian and his two siblings lost their dad in 2021 due to Covid. They are cared for by their mum but it has not been easy due to her poor health. When we first met the family, they were faced with a large sum of rent arrears and despite trying to find casual jobs, their...

Esther

Esther is in Primary 4 and is determined to become a nurse so that she can help people who are unwell. She and her parents live in a very challenging environment and struggle to survive. They eat and sleep in a small room made from mud and work opportunities are scarce. Now and again her...

Kevin

Despite his young age, Kevin has had a very tough life. Following the death of his dad, his uncles behaved very badly towards Kevin, his siblings and their mum, resulting in the family having to move out. Their grandmother took them in but then sadly passed away and since then their mum has also faced...

Philomena

Philomena and her four older siblings have lived with their grandmother since they lost their mum through a tragic road accident. They all depend on their grandmother's little income from casual jobs around the village. However, this work is not a reliable source of income which means at times the family go to sleep hungry...

Samuel

Samuel enjoys going to school when he has the opportunity, but lack of fees and books hinder him from attending consistently. Samuel lives in the Turkana region of Kenya, a very harsh environment due to extreme heat and regular droughts. From a young age he has been brought up by his single father who works...

Brilyn Lewinsky

Before GEF support, Brilyn lived with her mum and brother in a single rented room without electricity. She shared a bed with her mum and her brother slept on a basic couch and was often sent home from school due to unpaid fees, which meant she missed many crucial classes and her grades suffered. Through...

John Gachemi

John is the perfect example of both determination and the power of education. With GEF support he recently completed a BSC in Clinical Medicine at Jomo Kenyatta University and is working as a Doctor in Karatina. His journey was not easy. John’s mum and dad work hard as coffee farmers but struggled to earn enough...

Mel Dyer (Fundraising Coordinator, Aberdeen)

Mel started working with us part time in January 2024. She is responsible for grant applications and coordinating our Neil Jaffrey Initiative which supports disabled children and their families in north-east Scotland. We were very lucky to receive support through NJI for my disabled son Matthew, and the difference it made to our lives was...

Bilha Karuri (Office Administrator)

My name is Bilha, I was born in Uasin Gishu County but later relocated to Nyeri County after the post-election violence in 2007. During this time our life really changed since the lifestyle we had been living before changed and we had to adapt to the new life because we were living in a camp....

Alex Kariankei (Video & Photography)

I am a Journalist by profession. Film making and still photography runs my life. Born and raised in a small village in Narok county-Kenya and migrated to Iten in the year 2014, there after, | pursued journalism and Mass Communication where I decided to major in Sports journalism. I worked for Kenya Television Service as...

Janet Jepkemboi (Social Worker)

“I was born and raised in the slopes of the North Rift Valley in in a small village called Kapsisywa in Nandi County which is famous for the G.O.A.T runner Eliud Kipchoge hailing from. I grew up and went to school with no struggle on the school fee front as my parents were able to...

Education

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela We believe that every child deserves access to education and the chance to pursue their dreams. At the heart of our mission is to: Provide children in Kenya with an education by supporting school, college and university fees. Further support...

Psychosocial Support

Psychosocial Support Programme Our Psychosocial Support Programme is designed to help children and their families maintain a good physical and mental health and provide them with important coping mechanisms to deal with difficult situations. Psychosocial support addresses a person’s emotional, social, mental and spiritual needs (psychological needs).  Our GEF Social Workers Serah and Janet visit...

Food & Farming

Food and Farming Many of the children we support are cared for by single parents who work long hours on local farms only to receive the equivalent of £2 for their day of work.  This makes it extremely difficult for them to put food on the table and so we run the below programmes to...

Safari Series disclaimer

DISCLAIMER: I declare that I am an amateur as defined under SAL/UKA rules and all associated bodies and will abide by those rules. I will be 11 years of age or older on the day of the race. I hereby agree that the organisers or their associates shall not be liable for any loss, injury,...

Tabitha age 12

Tabitha and her family find themselves in a critical situation; short of food, clothing and with Tabitha and her siblings all either out of school or being sent home regularly due to being unable to afford the cost of fees, uniform and books.   Life became much harder for the family when Tabitha’s dad passed...

Irene age 14

*Thank you so much to Christopher who has kindly agreed to sponsor Irene* Irene is among the best performing primary school students and a school prefect but faces a future without secondary education. Her teachers adore her and describe Irene as a girl who has an outstanding character, is focused, diligent and a role model...

Angel age 8

Angel's dreams of becoming a Doctor but until this week she feared that she may not be able to realise it due to regularly being sent home from school due to a lack of fees.  However, thanks to sponsorship from the Mackay family she is now going to be in school full-time and will have...

Derek age 9

Derek recently moved into a new house built by GEF and now we would love for him to get back into school. He lives with his 2 siblings and their mum, Justina who works very hard to try and ensure the children have food, clothing and are in school but life is a struggle for...

Damaris age 7

*Big thanks to Anurag who has very kindly offered to sponsor Damaris.* Damaris is described by her teacher as a "hard working and disciplined girl who deserves to be in school full-time". Sadly since Damaris' mum lost her job at a school it has become hard for her to afford her school fees whilst also...

James age 15

*Asante sana to Sasha and Grace Mae Recruitment for giving James the gift of sponsorship.* Despite scoring impressive marks of 347/500 in his end of primary school exams, James is not able to join secondary school. His mother is currently paying the secondary school fees of his elder sister and can only afford the school...

Victor age 16

*Huge thanks to the Stone family whose sponsorship will see Victor back in school receiving the education he deserves.* Victor has the grades capable of taking him to university but as it stands he will not be able to complete secondary due to a lack of fees.   He and his siblings are looked after...

Vivian age 6

*We owe a big thank you to David who is kindly going to be sponsoring Vivian through her education.* Vivian's mum sadly passed away in 2019 as result of kidney failure. She left behind Vivian and her 4 siblings. As there is no adult to look after them it is now up to Vivian’s 2...

David age 10

*Thank you very much to John who has kindly offered to sponsor David each month.* David’s house was burned to the ground and his family’s cows were stolen. This left him, his parents and siblings homeless until the local community rallied together to build them a small house. We were able to provide the family...

Emmanuel age 8

*Thank you so much to Mark and his company seQuoyah who have kindly agreed to sponsor Emmanuel's education.* Emmanuel simply wants to be in school regularly with his friends.   Life has been really hard for him and his siblings since their dad suffered a life altering accident and their mum abandoned them. Emmanuel’s dad...

Angel age 4

*We are delighted to say that a kind family have signed up to sponsor Angel. She will now get the support she needs and start attending school.* Angel is a fascinating and kind little girl who has been blind since birth. She has heightened abilities for someone so young when it comes to hearing, speaking...

The Kenya Experience

Kenya Experience running camps provide an inspirational location, expert coaching and a supportive group environment for runners of all levels. With an emphasis on doing it ‘the Kenyan way’ the camps include guided runs, practical workshops and an exciting itinerary outside of the actual training. You will meet and learn from top Kenyan runners and...

£49,103 raised at our 2017 GEF Dinner

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise an incredible £49,103 at our second Gathimba Edwards Foundation dinner on Saturday 18th February 2017 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Guests were inspired by our first speaker of the evening Wilson Kipsang.  The former world marathon record holder, Olympic medallist, New York, London and Berlin marathon champion,...

Adventure trip 2015 review

We would like to say the biggest thank you to our 2015 Kenya 22 family which raised over £12,500 for the children we are supporting in Kenya. The team of 15 were great fun and it was a huge pleasure to spend 12 days with them visiting children, meeting world famous athletes, going on safari and...

Adventure trip 2016 review

Asante sana (thank you very much) to our 8 guests who were part of this memorable trip and raised an incredible £8,687. This unique opportunity gave our guests the chance to give kids in Kenya a chance while also enjoying the trip of a lifetime that included: taking part in our Mount Kenya Marvellous race...

Adventure trip 2017 review

Our team of 12 guests climbed Mount Kenya in support of our kids and raised an amazing £7,200! During the course of their 2 week spell in Kenya they touched hearts and changed lives forever. They visited families, ran our Mount Kenya Marvellous 5k or 10k races, officially opened new houses we have built, went...

Adventure trip 2018 review

The team raised an incredible £14,121 which enabled us to do the following: 1. A contribution to the operation (and after care) to fix Daniel’s broken arm that he had lived with for 6 years. His arm is now functional and we have been able to provide he and his 6 kids with a house...

Volunteer in Kenya

Adventure trip 2019 review

Our 2019 group collectively raised an amazing £5,890 which enabled us to support two very special projects.  By volunteering in Kenya, they witnessed how their donations helped. We built a new house for a family of 9 who previously lived in very poor conditions. They had no beds or toilet (they used a nearby bush)...

July 2016 trip review

We are incredibly proud of our 51 volunteers who in October 2015 helped us build a new 16 bed dormitory for the children at the Pavilion Village children's home and a 3 bedroom house for Judy and her family in Iruri. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of Stewart Milne Group who flew...

House building trip October 2017 review

In October 2017 our volunteers built 4 houses for 2 families in 7 days - 1 day ahead of schedule!  You can watch how we did it by clicking here. The family pictured had been through some very tough times. The 6 of them lived in a broken wooden shed in Nyeri.  James (right) scored...

July 2018 trip review

In July 2018 our group of 29 international volunteers and many from within Kenya built 4 houses in just 6 days, breaking all records we have achieved in previous house building trips.  No-one could quiet believe it, but it just goes to show when a group of people come together to make something happen special...

2021 building

Due to Covid-19 we were unable to run trips to Kenya between 2020 and 2022.  However, this did not stop us building 5 houses. Thanks to funds raised by those who had signed up to our 2020 trip, we were able to build Simon and his family their new house in March 2021 in our...

Oct 2019 trip review

In October 2019 15 volunteers embarked on a trip to Kenya to build houses for 3 families they had never met before.  Over the course of the 2-week trip they worked together, faced some challenging weather conditions, learned new skills and formed lasting bonds; to take on a project out of their comfort zone. Why...

Sponsor a child in Kenya

Sponsor a Child in Kenya

In Kenya when you sponsor a child, a little can go a long way. £35 per month fully supports the education of a child. Covering the cost of primary, secondary and tertiary fees, uniform, school bag, shoes, school meals, stationery, books (and menstrual care products for girls) means that the child you sponsor can attend...

Kenya Adventure Trip

This unique opportunity to experience Kenya offers you the trip of a lifetime. Upcoming trip dates - 19th to 26th July 2025 - 7 day adventure 19th to 30th July 2025 - 12 day adventure 31st July to 2nd August 2025 - Luxury Masai Mara safari (optional extra with the 12 day adventure only) During...

School Sponsorship twinning program

School Child Twinning Programme

School Child Twinning Programme   We are proud to have linked over 1,000 British and Kenyan school children as part of our school child twinning programme 'Connecting Children, Creating Chances' which aims to provide the children with a better understanding and level of appreciation for what life is like for a child in the country of...

Group Presentations

Gideon Gathimba and Myles Edwards have shown what can be achieved when you work together, dream big and assemble a team that is determined to make a difference.  Each of their very different paths show what can be achieved when you believe in yourself and others and never give up. Whether it be Gideon in...

Building Houses, Building Hope

Thanks to our incredible supporters we have managed to build 50 new homes for 212 children. Whilst our initial goal back in 2013 was to get a good quality mattress for each of the children at the Pavilion Village children’s home, we quickly began to realise more needed to be done. We encountered many families living without electricity...

£42,000 raised at our 2015 GEF Dinner

Thank you to everybody that attended, donated prizes and helped out at our inaugural charity dinner in 2015 which raised an incredible £42,000. The total included an extremely generous donation of £15,000 match funding from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. This enabled us to make truly life changing differences to the 174 children...

Donate

You can make on online donation via Total Giving here. If you would like to arrange other methods of donation please contact us. We thank you for anything you can contribute, in Kenya a little can go a very long way. Asante sana!   GIFT AID Did you know your sponsorship value could be worth...

Easy Fundraising

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause! If any of our supporters shop online at the likes of Sainsbury’s, Next, John Lewis, Expedia, eBay, Apple, ASOS or Argos, you can raise vital funds for our kids in Kenya without spending any extra money. All you have to do is...

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