2016 Annual Report

June 28, 2017 10:25 pm Published by

Providing Hope through Education

2016 Annual Report

Dedicated to Malik Khaemba, CES Kenya Patron

 

Our Mission

 

Community Education Services (CES) Canada provides orphaned Kenyan students affected by HIV/Aids with education, nutrition, health care and overall support so that they may improve their communities and break the cycle of poverty in Kenya. The four foundation cornerstones of CES Canada are Education, Water, Health and Nutrition.

WHY EDUCATION?

Education for children is a luxury that many parents cannot afford. Poverty is the primary reason that 40% of Kenyans do not complete high school. 55% of Kenyans live below the poverty line defined as earning less than $1/day.

 Education is the seed of opportunity, particularly for desperately poor Kenyan girls and boys. Girls are often left out of educational opportunities. CES maintains a policy to support an equal number of girls and boys. CES Canada currently sponsors 250 students in 26 secondary schools. Since 2004 CES has provided 2200 scholarships and has supported 160 students to study at the post-secondary level. CES has built nine school community well projects, created four working farms, and a secondary school have been built through the donations of caring Canadians. Students are provided a school uniform, school resources, a nutritious meal each day, anti-malaria mosquito net and basic health care.

All children have a basic right to learn and grow to their potential. CES Canada supports the most vulnerable those orphaned by HIV/Aids

 

Testimony from CES Student:

 The Day I Became a CES Student

“Is this the life that I was made to have? Why did God bring me into a world of distress?

Every morning sent home and told to bring back school fees. I was not given time to stay at school for a single minute. If money for school fees were a plant, I would have planted, reaped and taken it to school so that my education could run smoothly.

In our family of eight children, I was the only girl to reach Standard four. Due to lack of school fees and the difficult life we had undergone, I almost gave up hope of finishing school. My poor parents struggled tooth and nail but their efforts were still in vain.

In my schooling, I had no uniform or stationary. I used to collect papers and borrowed some from friends, glued them together and used them as a book. One friend gave me her old uniform. It looked like a rainbow due to different rags perched on it to close the gaps.

Worse still, there rose a conflict between my father and mother. At first I thought it was going to cease but it ended in separation. My father decided to sell half an acre, the only land we had. He married another wife and like a piece of wood thrown and discarded in the middle of a stormy ocean left us homeless.

My primary school education came to a sudden halt. We had no food, shelter or clothing. With no land to cultivate we could only beg our neighbours for flour, potatoes and paraffin. I wished the ground to open up and swallow me alive. Many wishes played hide and seek with my mind.

I decided to go to Mrs Everlyne Wanga, my mother’s best friend. I would take care of her children and do other house chores so I could earn five shillings to take to school. Life was more difficult there. I worked without food. Sometimes I ate the remains off her plate. I persevered because I wanted an education.

I used to work to pay for my primary school fees. I went to school at the end of term examinations and even though I was a regular absentee I scored in the top ten. In standard eight my hope of sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education was almost buried. There was a lot of money to be paid and food such as maize to be brought to school. My friends had left me saying, “we are fed up with your borrowing, buy your own.”

By good luck Principal John Keya felt touched by my suffering and paid the exam registration fee. I thanked the Creator. I came to realize the truth of the saying that God never forsakes his people. I struggled as much as I could to ensure that no one overtook me in performance.

“Let us see what she will get. She has wasted a lot of money going to school instead of getting married like her sisters and having children. Even if she passes the examination, what secondary school will take her in?” When the results were released, I did not believe what I saw. I was first with 354 marks.

I was invited to join Mukumu Girls’ High School but I did not go. The school fees were too high. I joined Namundera Mixed SS late towards the end of the first term. I emerged as the second best student. I impressed my teachers so much that it was proposed I would benefit from a CES scholarship.

When I arrived the next day I was so happy. I received a pink and blue uniform, new shoes, text and exercise books and a good bag. This was the day I became a CES student. Now I can go about my day without hurrying or hesitating. I am working hard towards my vision of becoming a doctor. If it was the darkness that engulfed my ways, it was now CES shining brightly to light the way.

 

Poverty, Enemy of the People

Poverty, who are you?

Where do you come from?

If you want a cow, come own it

And leave me alone.

 

Once you entered there was no food

Shelter ran away, education withered

If you want my tatters come take them

And leave me alone.

 

Where you pass there is stealing

Where you perch you cause laughter

Where you stay, you sire street children

If you want my shoes come take them

And leave me alone.

 

I will shake you shamelessly

Through the CES organization

CES, light my way

Give me power and strength

To end poverty, enemy of the people

Buried in an endless, bottomless pit.

 

Truphosa A. Omukangu, Form 2

Namundera SS

 

Community Education Services (CES) Canada (est.2004)

“providing access to secondary education for Kenyan youth orphaned by HIV/Aids”

 

In PARTNERSHIP with:

  • Community Education Services (CES) Kenya (est. 2005)
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) (est.2014)

 

In Association with:

*UNICEF (2012-16)

*UN ECOSOC (Economic & Social Council) Consultative Status (2013-16)

*ACCES (African Canadian Continuing Education Society (2008-16)

*KEEF (Kenya Education Endowment Fund (2014-16)

* World Without Worms Canada (2012-16)

* The Peter Cundill Foundation (2013-16)

* EAAPP East Africa Agriculture Production Project 2013-15)

* Water Missions International (2015-16)

 

EDUCATION Provided:

  • Secondary Scholarships in 26 Schools in Kakamega/Navakholo/Bungoma/Kisumu Counties

(2200 secondary school scholarships/225 graduates)

  • 90 Post Secondary Scholarships – Middle Colleges/Universities
  • CESCED (CES School of Continuing Education):

– Healthy Living/Career Development Seminars

– ICT Learning Program (2015-17)

– Scholarship Leadership Development Program

– Internship Teacher Education Training Program

  • CES Alumnus Group (CBO):

– DARP Tech Computer Solutions/ICT Training

– Community Health Services Outreach

– Support/Network Services for CES Alumnus

– Fundraising for CES Scholarships

– CES Grad – Advisor, Education and Careers

WATER Served:

  • UNICEF Global Outreach (WASH in SCHOOLS – WinS)

– Research (Hygiene/Water Management)

– Hand Washing Station (Kimang’eti Girls SS (2015-16)

  • Clean Water projects at 9 rural schools
  • CES Grad – Advisor, Water and Environment Sustainability

HEALTH PROGRAMS Delivered:

PAD Feminine Hygiene for all CES Female Students

  • De-Worming Community Outreach (2013) for 50,000 Children
  • I C 2 Read Project (2015) – Ingotse Medical Clinic 300 Patients
  • Anti-Malaria Mosquito Nets for all CES Students
  • Personal Hygiene/Health Kits (2013-15)
  • 3 Jiggers Campaigns (2016-17) – 1000 children treated
  • CES Grad – Advisor, Community Health

NUTRITION Promoted:

  • Dairy farm / Agriculture projects at four secondary schools
  • Poultry farm at St Mary Goretti Girls HS at Shikoti
  • CES Grad – Advisor, Agriculture and Farm Management

INFRASTRUCTURE Built:

  • Musaga SS with enrollment 360 students
  • St Agnes Dormitory at St Mary Goretti Girls HS Shikoti
  • 2 Science Labs – Ibinzo SS and Navakholo SS
  • 2 Computer Labs – Namirama Girls HS and Navakholo SS
  • Kitchen / Dining Room – Eshitari Secondary School

SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • Annual Canada Day Run in Kenya (since 2011)
  • CES Kenya 140 Km Peace Run (Kericho to Kakamega) (2013)
  • Celebration of Faith (2013)
  • De-Worming Community Health Project (2013)

RESEARCH:

  • Impact of HIV/Aids on Kenya School System (2004)
  • Feminine Hygiene Study in CES-associated schools (2009), in collaboration with CES Canada Volunteers N.Nuk/S. Mikalowicz
  • Design For Participatory Development Planning and Economic Self Determination (2011) at Ileho, Kenya in collaboration: Cynthia Abatt, U Mass.
  • Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Secondary School Students on Water Hygiene Sanitation (2013) in collaboration: Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST)
  • Report to Int’l Conference – UN SDG’s 2030 at MMUST: Paper by CES Kenya Grad Busuku Musli on “Communicable Diseases”
  • Report to Int’l Conference – UN SDG’s 2030 at MMUST: Paper by CES Kenya Grad Philice Musundu on “Peace and Reconciliation”

SPECIAL PROJECTS:

Historically CES has created a special Christmas Project. Each year it is a slightly different emphasis reflecting a particular need.

2006 Edu-Packs for Learning Project

2007 Anti-Malaria Mosquito Net Project

2008 Solar Lamps Project

2009 CES Kenya PAD Project

2010 Reforestation Environment Project

2011 CES Ambassadors Certificates

2012 Bishop Sulumeti Girls HS Library Project

2013 St Agnes (Shikoti Girls HS) Dorm/BeddingProject

2014 Hygiene-Health Kit

2014 Divine Providence Orphanage School Uniform Project

2015 Hygiene Health Kit

2016 Hygiene Health Kit

 

Coordinated Initiatives:

  • Canada Day Run 2011-2016
  • CES WASH in Schools Project (2014-16)
  • CES PAD (Feminine Hygiene) Education Program (2009 to present)
  • CES Kenya Kakamega Reforestation Project (2010)
  • Bishop Sulumeti Girls HS Library Project (2012)
  • Raising Resilience Arts Project (2013)
  • Musaga SS Hydro Project (2013)
  • CES Kenya Peace Run and Rally for Peace (2013)
  • Navakholo County De-Worming Project (2013) treating 50,000 children
  • IC2 Read Eyewear Project (2014-15)
  • CES Jiggers Medical Outreach Project (2016-17) treating 1100 children

Major Building Projects:

2010-16 Musaga Secondary School (360 students)

2012-14 Eshitari SS Kitchen Project

2012-13 St Mary Goretti Girls HS St Agnes Dorm Project

2015-16 Musaga SS Kitchen Project

 

Special Interest Initiatives:

2011-16 Divine Providence Orphanage, Kakamega

2012 – Florence Kerandi (Bishop Sulumeti Girls HS) teacher Visit to Canada

OCDSB Longfields-Davidson Heights SS Nepean

 

Key Events/Conferences:

2008 HIV/Aids Awareness/Healthy Living

2009 Education Planning

2010 Volunteers/Service

2011 Career Choices

2012 Substance Abuse

2013 CES Kenya Peace Run/Rally (Kericho-Kakamega)

2013 Celebration of Faith

2014 10th Anniversary Celebrations

2015 Leadership Training

2016 Career and Educational Planning

 

Writer’s Workshops

2011-2012 & 2015 CES Kenya Poetry/Prose Writing Competition

 

Well Projects *in progress

2010 Eshitari SS

2011 Ematiha SS

2011 Musaga PS

2012 Navakholo SS

2012 Khachonge PS

2012 Kumugui SS

2013 Namundera SS

2014 St Caroli Lwanga Lutaso SS*

2014 Divine Providence Orphanage

 

Agri-Farm Projects

2010 Navakholo SS

2013 Bishop Sulumeti Girls HS

2014 St Mary Goretti Girls HS Shikoti

2016 Namirama Girls HS

 

Reforestation Projects

2010 Namirama Girls HS

2010 Bishop Sulumeti Girls HS

 

ICT Education Skills Training Project

2014 St Patrick’s Ikonyero SS

2015 Bishop Sulumeti GHS, Shieywe SS, Kakamega Muslim SS

2015 Namirama Girls SS, Navakholo SS, St Caroli Lwanga Lutaso SS

2016 Buhayi Muslim SS, Friends Sidikho SS, Namundera SS

2017 Bukhalunga SS, Musaga SS, Sivilie SS

2017 St Mary Goretti Shikoti Girls HS, Bushiri SS, Lirhanda Girls HS

 

CES Internship Program SS

2011 6 students

2012 8 students

2013 9 students

2014 8 students

2015 16 students

2016 8 students

2017 6 students

 

CES Leadership Scholarship Program

2015 – 23 students with 8 on full postsecondary scholarship

2016 – 19 students with 7 on full postsecondary scholarship

 

CES Leadership On-Line Training Program

CES School of Continuing Education (CESCED)

  • 2016-17 7 students in CES Leadership Team

 

CES Kenya Schools (Historical)

Eshitari SS 2008-14

Ibinzo Girls SS 2007-14

Kilimo Girls HS 2010-14

 

CES Schools (Current) * Residential Boarding

Bishop Sulumeti Girls HS*

Buhayi Muslim SS

Bushiri SS

Ematiha SS

Inaya SS

Kakamega Muslim SS

Kimang’eti Girls HS*

Lions HS (Kisumu)

Lirhanda Girls HS*

Makhukuni SS

Musaga SS

Namirama Girls HS*

Namundera SS

Navakholo SS

Samitsi SS

Shieywe SS

Sidikho SS

St Mary Goretti Girls HS*

Sivilie SS

St Caroli Lwanga Lutaso SS

St Jan Kimilili SS

St Patrick’s Bukhakunha SS

St Patrick’s Ikonyero SS

St Peter Mwiruti Girls HS*

St Jude SS Napara

St Cecilia Girls HS Misikhu*

 

CES Expansion Project: (2011-2015)

Thika School for the Blind (Thika)

Bwake SS (Bungoma)

St Jan SS (Bungoma)

Loreto Nakuru SS (Nakuru)

Kumugui SS (Bungoma)

Maryhill Girls HS (Thika)

St Mary’s Yala SS (Yala)

Nkubu SS (Meru)

Sheikh Ali SS (Mandera)

Ngara Girls (Nairobi)

Moi Girls Nagili (Eldoret)

Kadika Girls SS (Migori)

Makueni Boys SS (Wote)

Nyamiranga SS (Mokomoni)

Tombee SS (Kisii)

 

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

The following accounts do not fully describe the many aspects of CES Canada in Kenya, nor are they all the stories that have surfaced in the field.

Volunteers to Kenya:

In June, 2016 a team of CES Volunteers travelled to Kenya to support CES schools and to learn more about the work of CES. Senem Ozkin, Renee Rerup and Dennis White made strong friendships while enjoying key events like the dedication of the Musaga SS Kitchen, the opening of the Kimang’eti Girls HS Hand Wash Station, Celebration of Joseph Inima (WWII Veteran), Jiggers Campaign in Navakholo, the Canada Day Run and visitations to a number of the CES Family of Schools.

New Schools Added:

The CES Kenya Board recommended three new schools to the CES Family of Schools. Discussions included the value added, the degree of support for these schools by donors, and the assurance of a commitment of the schools to support the mission of CES Canada/Kenya.

St Jan Kimilili, Lirhanda Girls HS and Inaya SS each have five students supported by CES in the 2016 first year trial period. Reports have been favourable and it is anticipated that the number of scholarships will increase in 2017.

Visit to Canada by CES Kenya Patron Malik Khaemba:

In May, 2016 Malik Khaemba and his wife Elizabeth visited Canada to take part in meetings with the CES Canada Board, to meet former colleagues and friends in Ottawa and to take part in a CES celebration to honour the work he has done in Kenya. In addition an updated Principal/Agent Agreement was formulated and signed by Malik Khaemba (representing CES Kenya) and Michael Frederiksen (representing CES Canada).

CES Grads Promote Peace and Health:

May 24-26 was an International Conference at MMUST (Kakamega) to Discuss the Attainment UN SDG’s (2030). Busuku Musli presented a paper entitle “Communicable Diseases” while Phylice Musundi presented on “Peace and Reconciliation”. Both CES grads were presented with certificates and their work has been archived at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.

CES Canada Day Run:

The 6th annual 2016 Canada Day Run was held at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) on Saturday July 2. 22 CES Alumnus supported the event where 278 runners representing 18 schools ran the Girls and Boys 5km run. The St John’s Ambulance and the Girl Guides were present to provided medical support. Participants had a tour of the university and later during the awards ceremony were greeted by the Vice Chancellor Professor Frederick Otieno. The theme of the mini-conference was Education and Career Planning. Each runner was provided with a beautiful pair of athletic wear and running shoe. 2016 Canada Day Run was also sponsored by New Balance. NB shoes were donated and shipped in advance of the event.

CES Alumnus Group:

Under the leadership of Benjamin Wafula (Chair), Pendo Lugalia (Patron), Busuku Musli (Secretary), Edwin Ndeda (Treasurer) and Phylice Musundi, The CES Alumnus established a CBO Community Based Organization. Registered with the Government of Kenya as a charitable organization, its main goal is to create outreach to strengthen the community through Education and Health Programs. The group in 2016 raised funds CES initiatives and participated in the Canada Day Run and Jiggers Campaigns. Committed to volunteer work, the CES Alumnus is building a foundation for future initiatives. They serve as mentors for younger CES students who will soon join them.

CES Scholar to Study in China:

Mildred Namisoho Wasike, age 19 lives in rural western Kenya. Her family heritage is the Banyala clan of the Luyha people of rural western Kenya. Mildred attended Sidikho SS as a CES Canada sponsored student. She scored the highest grades in the 2015 KCSE exams for the entire Navakholo region. In September 2016 she travelled to China with a group of twelve selected Kenyan youth. Mildred has been offered a five year scholarship at Shanghai University of Science and Technology, majoring in Medical Imagining.

See full story at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ces-canada-scholar-study-china-michael-frederiksen?published=t

Musaga SS Built by CES Canada:

The dream of building a secondary school in Navakholo County began in 2008 where a group from Musaga asked CES for help. A small group of 20 boys were meeting with a teacher under a tree to learn. Without any classroom or school facilities the quality of learning was limited. The school was built one classroom at a time and finally in 2016 the school kitchen was dedicated to the school community. Musaga SS now has 360 girls and boys and it is a thriving education community. Thanks and huge appreciation go to family and friends of Deanna O’Neill in Thunder Bay, Ontario who over the past five years have made this possible.

Kimang’eti Girls HS Water Hygiene Hand Wash Station:

A new facility was built and dedicated in 2016. It includes a covered area where up to 12 girls can wash hands with soap. Doing so after using the toilet and before and after meals will reduce water borne diseases by up to 80%. The Hand Wash Station is located adjacent to the Kitchen and the proposed new Dining Hall. No water is wasted as the runoff goes directly to a vegetable garden. The July 9 event included a tree planting ceremony along with speeches, music and drama presentations and a feast of chicken and goat with ugali.

WWII Veteran Joseph Inima Honoured:

On July 3 2016 CES Alumnus and Associates including 4 Canadian volunteers visited the home of 98 year old Joseph Inima. As a young man of 19 years of age, he supported Great Britain and the Allies in battles from East Africa to Burma. CES volunteer Dennis White had made arrangements with the Canadian Armed Forces and Government Officials through the Veterans Affairs Department to bring a few items and greetings. The intent was to honour a Kenyan veteran of WWII and to create moments of celebration and deep respect from CES Alumnus and some of our students. It was part of an educational outreach of peace education where students could reflect on the freedoms they have and the sacrifices made by others to earn that freedom. CES Grad Sheilah Nasindu presented an exhilarating dramatic presentation and the group of over 100 ended the day with dinner on the ground.

 

CESCED (CES School of Continuing Education) Leadership Training:

Under the direction of CESCED Faculty Advisor Patricia Makori, seven university students have committed to a 12 month on-line Leadership Training Program that will build their Leadership Skills. At the end of the course, students are invited to participate in establishing a community outreach (CBO) Community Based Organization. The 10 module interactive program began in the Fall of 2016 and covers the following topics:

Theory and Practice

1.1 The Essence and Characteristics of Leadership

1.2 Leadership: Innate or Learned

1.3 Styles of Leadership

 

Leadership and Communication

2.1 Interpersonal and Communications Skill Development

2.2 Use of the Internet (email and social media)

2.3 Setting Goals – Making Priorities

 

Multi Dimensional Leadership

3.1 Transactional and Transformational Leadership

3.2 Servant Leadership

3.3 Democratic and Participatory Leadership

 

Leadership and Management

4.1 Leadership and Power

4.2 Building Character

4.3 Leadership Style: Beware the Micromanager

 

Leadership and Teamwork

5.1 Nature and Definition of Team Work

5.2 Team Versus Group: Building Consensus

5.3 Team Building and Decision Making

 

Gender and Leadership

6.1 Gender Differences in Observed Leadership Styles

6.2 Women vs. Men: which make better leaders?

6.3 Building Community and Respect for Others

 

Work Culture and Leadership

7.1 Culture Diversity: Celebrating Differences

7.2 Creating a Healthy Work Environment

7.3 International Marketplace: Dynamics and Expectations

 

Ethics in Leadership

8.1 Characteristics of an ethical leader

8.2 Modes of Ethical Leadership

8.3 Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving

 

Intelligence and Leadership

9.1 Intelligence and Entrepreneurial Skills

9.2 IQ and other Multiple Intelligences

9.3 Critical Thinking Skills and Thinking Outside the Box

 

Leadership in the Community

10.1 Setting Career and Life Goals

10.2 Volunteering and Giving Back

10.3 Leadership and Personal Wellness

 

STRATEGIC PLANNING

CES Canada developed a working document entitled 2020 and Beyond that was discussed and approved by both CES Canada and CES Kenya. It offered scenarios that should be considered in strategic planning to cover 2016-2019.

Background:

The partnership between CES Canada and CES Kenya began in 2004. It’s success has been largely due to a shared vision that has been supported by committed Boards of Directors in Canada and in Kenya. The awareness of the need and fundraising has been the domain of CES Canada, while the work on the ground has been the responsibility of CES Kenya.

Given that the majority of NGO’s and their humanitarian efforts have a shelf life designed for a limited time period, it is recognized that the ongoing work of Community Education Services in Kenya requires dedicated human resources leading up to the year 2020. A strategic plan is required if CES is to continue beyond 2020. The alternative is for CES Canada to cease operations by December 2020 using the protocol outlined by the Charities Direct of Revenue Canada.

There is a need for succession planning that includes a new generation of leaders who are passionately committed to the cause of CES Canada in Kenya. This involves mentoring young people and others who will dedicate time and energy in order to move forward the agenda of the mission in Kenya.

At this critical juncture the CES Kenya Directors feel strongly that as a group they want to continue after 2020. The needs and challenges facing education in rural western Kenya need to be addressed in ways that respect the ability of CES Canada to raise the funds. A continuing focus on accountability and transparency with each partner has been established as a key factor in the continuation of the work of Community Education Services Canada and Kenya.

CES Kenya Directors have resolved to commit to the following:

Focus on Student Education

Scholarships will be provided for the highest achievers who show the best promise to succeed. The balance between secondary and post-secondary scholarships will be heavily weighted towards the former. However in order to meet the needs of the university/college CES Grads, it is proposed that a maximum of ten students in each CES school will receive school fees. That will create additional funding for those who have registered at a Kenyan institution of higher learning.

Student Conferences will change their focus. A greater emphasis will be on students in Form 4 to connect them with the CES Alumnus Group and introduce them to new opportunities of remaining connected with CES Kenya.

 Focus on Reducing Infrastructure Projects

CES Canada has partnered with CES Kenya and a number of other organizations in order to create projects that are intended to strengthen the school community. These has for the most part been successful but overall have taken an enormous toll on the CES Kenya Directors in terms of supervision and cost analysis. Projects now in progress will be completed and there will be no new infrastructure initiatives unless there is a compelling reason(s) to do so.

 Focus on CES Alumnus

The CES Alumnus Group was established in 2014 and the membership is growing. CES Kenya is committed to nurturing these youth and to encourage their activities in volunteer service, funding student scholarships, supporting CES events and promoting community health initiatives. Future leaders of CES Kenya may emerge from this group of CES Graduates. The value of volunteering and giving back to the community so demonstrated by the CES Kenya Board is one for the alumnus group to emulate. CES seeks to create young leaders who will strengthen their families, build communities and help a developing nation to grow.

Focus on Extended Learning

The CES Kenya School of Continuing Education (CESCED)

CES Canada and CES Kenya exists to provide access to education for Kenyan youth orphaned or affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic. Since2004 CES Canada and CES Kenya have partnered to create scholarships for needy students. The selection of students is based on academic potential and demonstrated commitment and discipline towards study. CES seeks bright, creative and motivated students who will emerge as successful future leaders.

The CES Kenya School of Continuing Education is the umbrella organization that monitors four education programs. Its mandate is to improve the quality and opportunity for CES Graduates as they enter post-secondary studies. It will include the CES Leadership Skills Development (on-line) Program, the ICT Learning Project, CES Kenya Leadership Camp and the CES Kenya Internship Program.

Focus on Partnerships

CES Kenya continues to value partnerships with MMUST (Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology), EAAPP (East Africa Agriculture Production Project), DARP (Development Action Research Project) Kenya as well as the key partnerships with CES school communities. Partnerships will continue until such time s they are no longer viable or mutually beneficial.

 Focus on Accountability and Transparency

CES Canada and its key partner CES Kenya are committed to transparency in its governance, accounting, project management and strategic planning. A strong emphasis on identifying and nurturing new leaders to take on the administration and promotion of CES in Canada and in Kenya is critical.

Conclusion:

CES Canada has made significant contributions to the life of 26 secondary schools in rural Western Kenya. Students who have received assistance through education scholarships are now taking their place in society and these in turn will touch the lives of many others in their community. In order for this tradition to continue there needs to be changes in the way CES operates as a charity. More support is required in the administration of the organization and in fundraising for its various projects. The other option is to take strategic steps to dissolve the charity by 2020.

 

Principal – Agent Agreement:

Between: Community Education Services (CES) Canada (The Principal); and,

Community Education Services (CES) Kenya (The Agent)

Highlights:

While it was recognized that the Agent would carry out the charitable activities of the Principal under its control and direction, the document also highlighted responsibilities for both parties to include accounting procedures, budgeting, record keeping, timely reporting, availability for consultation, duration of the partnership, and work accomplished in keeping with the laws of the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Schedule “A” Key Statements

  1. Objectives

The goals of Community Education Services (CES) Canada as stated in its constitution are: (a) to reduce illiteracy through increased access to education and information technology; (b) to alleviate poverty; and to (c) achieve an improved standard of living for youth living in Kenya.

 

CES Canada exists to provide access to education in rural Kenya for youth who have been marginalized by the HIV/Aids pandemic. The four foundation cornerstones are EDUCATION, WATER, HEALTHCARE and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. As school communities are strengthened so too is the quality of education. Access to education for all is critical to the eradication of poverty, disease and unemployment.

CES Canada is involved in providing scholarships for secondary school and post-secondary students living in Kakamega County and other parts of Kenya. CES Kenya will monitor educational and health projects within the school communities established by CES Canada.

CES Canada intends to achieve these objects by creating a global needs awareness strategy and by raising funds in Canada to support its objective programs in Kenya. The role of CES Kenya is to coordinate and manage these projects and to provide supervision and care for the students supported by CES Canada.

 

  1. Primary Focus and Costing Analysis

 

CES Canada provides education scholarships primarily for secondary education. A designated amount of $250Cdn is the average amount spent for each student. This amount will cover school fees, school resources, nutrition and other educational programs operated by CES Canada over and above the fee structures of the local secondary school.

Until changed by Board motion, CES Canada agrees to pay 12,000Ksh or approx. C$165. For students attending a Day school program. For those in Boarding or Expansion Schools, CES Canada agrees to pay 25,000Ksh or approx. C$340. To further outline the commitment of CES Canada to its mission in Kenya:

Each student receives a hot meal each day and two tea breaks. Boarders are provided accommodation and extra nutrition.

Students receive the following resources:

*anti-malaria Mosquito net

*medical care (when required)

*personal hygiene kit

*feminine hygiene products for girls

*school resources (backpack, pen, notebook)

Additional funds donated to CES Canada allow for education, leadership training conferences, friendship events and community outreach programs.

 

CES Canada also has a commitment to those high achievers who complete the CES 4 Yr Secondary Education program and who graduate with an honours B+ or greater in the national KCSE exams. During their gap year when students wait for acceptance to university, they are invited to return to their schools as teacher assistants and mentors. Each receives a stipend of 2,500Ksh over 5 months that covers a basic living allowance and provides funds for university registration fees.

CES Canada is also involved in Post-secondary scholarship support for those qualified and who are engaged in the CESCED (CES School of Continuing Education) on-line Leadership Training Program.

 

  1. Professional and Legal Safeguards

CES Canada Directors offer unique skills in education, program planning, human growth and learning, assessment strategies and teaching methods. Directors are committed to refining an education model that embraces the Kenyan experience.

CES Canada works solely within the bounds of its mandate and expertise. CES Canada has an approved set of Bylaws and a Constitution that promote the values and mission of the organization. These define the conditions and rules for humanitarian work in Kenya and set the parameters for effective and ethical practice.

CES Canada will establish a current bank account in Kakamega, Kenya for the purposes of: (a) transfer of funds to Kenya; and (b) direct monitoring of deposits and credits/ cheques and debits occurring within Kenya.

CES Canada transfers funds to CES Kenya, so designated for specific projects and to meet the requirements of the prepared budget, approved by CES Canada Board motion. Funds are utilized using three categories:

Phase I: student scholarships for secondary and post-secondary students;

Phase II: funding for education programs in the area of HIV/Aids awareness and healthy living as well as education and career counselling and ICT training; and,

Phase III: funding for infrastructure, water and farming projects and other building projects.

The number of students on the CES scholarship program will vary from year to year, subject to availability of funds. Schools are approved by CES Canada annually and are evaluated to the extent they remain focused on the aims and objectives of CES Canada.

CES Kenya is an organization governed by a Board of Directors and an executive consisting of Chairman, Patron, Secretary and Treasurer. As a CBO (Community Based Organization) in Kenya, it will operate under the Certificate of Registration No: 18093/04 and governed by the Department of Social Services Kakamega County through the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Heritage and Sport in Kenya.

CES Kenya will be responsible for the following activities:

  • consulting with Principals to identify needy students who have been orphaned or affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic and who have shown strong potential for learning (see attached application for);
  • providing timely and scheduled supervision of students through school visits and ongoing communications with Principals and student supervisory staff ;
  • maintaining fee payments for all students directly with the school Principal;
  • establishing direct supervision for all infrastructure projects;
  • organizing and carrying out CES Canada’s education, health initiatives and community outreach events;
  • utilizing experienced Kenyan education professionals to promote the development of learning and educational materials on healthy living, practicing safe sex and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS;
  • keeping an inventory of computers purchased by CES Canada for ICT learning and instruction;
  • providing minutes of all board meetings to CES Canada;
  • providing CES Canada with detailed accounting of funds transferred from CES Canada, to include the usage of funds for the purposes outlined by CES Canada;
  • providing receipts for funds spent on specific projects initiated by CES Canada; and,
  • communicating any concerns for any of the above as soon as practicable to CES Canada.

 

Students are selected using financial need ability, family information and past school records as the main criteria. Besides the attached application form, there is an interview conducted by a sub-committee of the CES Canada approved local school. The names of recommended students are forwarded to CES Kenya and through its Board of Directors to CES Canada for final approval.

 

THANKS and APPRECIATION

  • Donors and Volunteers without whom CES does not exist
  • The Peter Cundill Foundation for Support and Encouragement
  • Board Members, CES Canada and CES Kenya
  • CES Canada Chapters Thunder Bay, New Brunswick, Kyoto Japan
  • CES Kenya Alumnus who continue to inspire and lead
  • Canada Helps for on-line fundraising training and support
  • Canada Running Series CRS for STWM Charity Challenge and Athletic Shoes
  • New Balance for Donations of New Shoes for Canada Day Run
  • Kingsway Baptist Church for use of Facilities and Ongoing Support
  • Georgian Copy and Printers (Barrie ON) for Publications
  • Extreme Imaging for Graphic Design and Photo
  • CES Scholars who show gratitude and high levels of achievement

 

ADDENDUM

 

From Diplomat to Humanitarian

The story of Malik Khaemba, Patron CES Kenya

“We have started something that is difficult to stop”

These were the words that Malik Khaemba spoke to me on July 14, 2011. He was of course referring to the good works of Community Education Services Kenya. He was also referring to the partnership with Canadians that has provided a way for hundreds of students to go to school in the Kakamega District of Western Province.

In telling me of how CES Kenya came to be, Malik became animated. He reminded me of the story of the empty chair where in 2003 some amazing circumstances brought he and Michael Frederiksen together. He brought me around to the idea of him being one of 35 children in a family that had three mothers and one father. He talked about his special friendship with Chairman Ben (Udoto) from the time they met in secondary school.

Friendship is a key theme throughout our talk. Patron Malik remembers his Canadian friends very fondly. He talks of how, as one of the first Kenyan diplomats, he enjoyed immensely the people he met in Canada between 2000 and 2005. Of all his international postings as one of the first of Kenya’s diplomatic corps, Canada was where he says he was received the warmest.

In many ways, Malik Khaemba typifies the very children that he supports – coming from a “mixed family” all having the same father but three separate mothers. Children are parented by many different persons in Kenya, sometimes even by each other due to the terrible consequences of HIV/Aids. He is more fortunate than most in having known both of his parents while growing up. He also understands and appreciates that fact.

He is similarly proud of the fact that his family was able to support his attendance at school: “I was never kept home from school for lack of fees”. And yet, he understands the situation that hundreds of thousands of children find themselves in. Now he makes it his life’s mission to do something about helping as many of them as possible.

Pride is evident throughout his description of his life. Yet, I came to realize that the pride of this Kenyan elder is not the “bad pride” that some think of as a deadly sin. He is proud of his diplomatic service for his country. He opened the mission at Abu Dhabi and served in Brussels before coming to Ottawa, Canada. He was commended and recognized for his diplomatic skills, receiving the Head of State commendation (Hsc).

Malik is mindful of the need to provide for his own children, the same way that he makes every effort to care for each of the 165 CES students. Despite his return to his homeland, he is very happy that his three eldest children are now living in Canada. Yet, for himself, he had a feeling that he would never be any other than Kenyan. It was vital for him to renew his relationship with “his people”, and return to Kenya for the next step in his life after diplomatic service.

I sensed a man with deep compassion for others. Even before his retirement, Malik knew that his heart was set on returning to Kenya to devote his life to humanitarian outreach. His desire to provide hope through education, to alleviate poverty and to fight the ravages of HIV/Aids was strong and determined. Since then he has been the driving force in Kakamega and Western Province to coordinate and provide nearly 800 education scholarships for needy students. He has worked to create a strong base for education and community support in his home area and beyond.

In addition, Malik Khaemba was appointed to a government organized committee to lay the groundwork for the upcoming (2009) constitution. His skills in strategic planning and in defining the elements of electoral reform have been recognized. In 2010 Mr. Khaemba was asked to be a district leader (Malava/Lurambi) in training others to communicate to their constituencies the basic tenants of the new Kenya Constitution. Over a five month period he worked tirelessly to help people understand and educate them to the realities of their new civic responsibilities.

Malik is passionate about community service. He has assembled an exceptional group of Board Directors that assist him in the work of providing hope through education. The results are clear with a history of CES grads attending college and university and a number employed as educators and medical professionals.

Patron Malik feels a strong bond with his Canadian friends. He considers the life in Canada to be “soft”, compared to his homeland, notwithstanding the weather. Nonetheless, he is very appreciative of the visits that are made by Canadians who come to Kenya to spend time with him, the board and with the sponsored students. He reminds us how important it is for students to be able to connect in person with their Canadian friends who are sending money for their education.

Malik says that we (CES) are making his community better and stronger. “CES Kenya is grateful for the special partnership with CES Canada that promotes a better future for Kenyan youth.”

He speaks proudly of graduates like Mary Kandia and Benjamin Wafula: “if it were not for CES, Mary would not be going to university and Benjamin would not be employed as a teacher.”

As Patron Malik goes, so goes CES in Kenya. He is the backbone of CES, our eyes and ears “on the ground”. He is our surety, watching over all that we have created in Western Province. When challenged about the future of CES once he is gone, both he and Chairman Ben do not want to address the topic. “Malik is CES”, states Chairman Ben.

As we part, Malik Khaemba leaves me with another gem to consider:

“We must be prepared to meet the challenges that we ourselves have created”.

Written by John Guthrie

CES Canada Volunteer to Kenya

31/12/11

 

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