Our History

Changing Kenya, one young person at a time

Kenya is the most youthful country in East Africa. By empowering the youth, Kesho kenya is empowering an entire Nation.

It all started at Wendy’s in 2004…

It all started at Wendy’s in 2004…
  • A small group of friends expressed their shared concern about the lack of educational opportunities for children in Kilifi.
  • They set up a small committee and begin paying fees for in total five children.

2006 – Kesho Day is born

2006 – Kesho Day is born
  • Kesho Kenya now has 42 beneficiaries.
  • First Kesho Day is organised to get to know the children better.

2008 – Our beneficiaries double

2008 – Our beneficiaries double
  • Rotary Club raises funds to support 50 students through Secondary School.
  • Kesho Kenya becomes a cooperation institution of Rotary International.
  • Registration as Community Based Organisation (CBO)
  • Logo, branding, website and database to manage our students and sponsors are developed

2009 – Move to Jacob’s Building

2009 – Move to Jacob’s Building
  • Move into our own office at Jacob’s building.
  • An office assistant is employed.
  • The back office turns into a resource center and cozy, safe space for our beneficiaries.
  • Our first Kesho students enroll in university
  • We launch our first annual Career’s Day, Reproductive Health Day and Christmas Craft Day
  • Huge second-hand book donation from the UK, we stock our resource center.

2010 – A new phase of growth

2010 – A new phase of growth
  • A regular activity program is set up in the holidays with games, puzzles and story time.
  • By now, we have over 150 students being sponsored.
  • Two program officers are employed to take care of the Primary children and Secondary students.
  • Kesho strengthen its enrichment, training and academic support programs.

2011 – Enrichment, training and academic support

2011 – Enrichment, training and academic support
  • Kesho starts organizing seminars for students in the holidays; Maths tuition, inspirational talks, films and other activities.
  • The team keeps growing: an accountant is employed

2012 –275 children supported

2012 –275 children supported
  • Start of our child protection program.
  • Move to a larger office space at Jacob’s building.
  • We hold 24 events, and the number continues to grow.
  • Kesho is supporting 275 children.

2013 – Rising Star and Safeguarding

2013 – Rising Star and Safeguarding
  • Kesho Kenya wins the Rising Star award competing with over 1,300 charities in 60 countries.
  • Léger Foundation comes in to strengthen our child protection policies in our office, in schools and community at large.
  • Start of Kesho’s school safeguarding project which enlightens pupils and students about their rights and child protection issues.

2014 – Foundations for launching the future

2014 – Foundations for launching the future
  • Evans Odhiambo is appointed Executive Director
  • Léger Foundation and Berkeley Trust give funds for institutional strengthening
  • Work on our first five-year strategic plan

2016 – Kesho’s Structures Strengthening

2016 – Kesho’s Structures Strengthening
  • Management structures, strategies and programs under examination during Shiriki project
  • Thomas Cook children’s charity supports the purchase of books to expand the library in our resource center

2017– New Projects Come In

2017– New Projects Come In
  • Implementation of “Wasichana Wetu Wafaulu” and “Tusome” projects
  • “Hope for Children” sponsors our Street Business School
  • Community reading sessions are established
  • 15 staff members working at Kesho Kenya
  • Kesho Kenya further extends its office at Jacob’s building

2018– Still Broadening Our Horizon

2018– Still Broadening Our Horizon
  • Two new projects: “Tackling CSEC” and “SHINE”
  • Kwale office opened
  • Number of staff members increases to 25
  • Communication and procurement department established