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.

2004 – It all started at Wendy’s …

2004 – It all started at Wendy’s …
  • 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 – Implementing a new Strategic Plan

2018 – Implementing a new Strategic Plan
  • Two new projects: “Tackling CSEC” and “SHINE”
  • Kwale office opened
  • Number of staff members increases to 25
  • Implementing the Strategic Plan 2018-2022
  • Communication and procurement department established

2019 – Increased visibility and networking

2019 – Increased visibility and networking
  • About 3,500 children educated from primary school to university
  • Working more closely with a broad network of partners
  • Collaboration with 128 schools in Kilifi County
  • More than 1,000 new followers on Facebook
  • Our work is covered by radio, TV, online & print media