Meeting physical needs

Northern Kenya, a marginalised region, where most people live as nomadic pastoralists facing increasingly difficult living conditions

Meeting practical needs

In some areas 90% of the population is illiterate. Young people desperately need practical help to bring new skills to their communities

Meeting educational needs

Kisima Secondary School, a free residential school for 160 boys and girls aged between 14 and 18 years mainly from northern Kenya.

The Educational Frontier Trust (TEFT) is a UK registered charity providing funding for the educational needs of marginalised and vulnerable children in Kenya.

What We Do

TEFT supports a Kenyan charity, the Kisima Trust, and its educational project Kisima School which works with communities mainly in northern Kenya, in particular pastoralist communities.

Northern Kenya is a marginalised region affected by recurrent drought, banditry and violent conflict and has virtually no public services. High percentages of the traditional pastoralist communities are illiterate and many now depend on relief aid for survival.

Kisima School selects children from these communities on the basis of need and potential and gives them the opportunity to transform their lives through academic achievement. A secondary education and the chance to progress to university offers these children new skills and training that can change their lives and bring new life to their families and communities.

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10 teachers teach the Kenyan national curriculum to 160 children, 80 boys and 80 girls. The students sit the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education in their fourth and final year. Their results determine whether they progress to university or other colleges and levels of government financial support.

Kisima School is located on a five acre site at Nyahururu, approximately 240km northwest of Nairobi. The school site includes classrooms, staff rooms, a dining room (which also doubles as the school hall), kitchens, dormitories, a games field and teachers’ accommodation. Vegetables for the school kitchen are grown in a large greenhouse and all other available space around the buildings. Goats are also kept near the games field.

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Grand Union Canal 100 mile walk

30th June 2017

Huge thanks to Chorleywood parents James McKechnie and Tony Barnett who undertook to walk 100 miles along the Grand Union Canal at the end of June (Friday to Sunday) to raise money for TEFT.
James made it in 47.5 hours, however Tony had so many blisters that he unfortunately couldn't participate on the Sunday and he intends to complete the remaining miles on his bike later in the year.
Thank you both so much for your fantastic efforts and for the marvellous amount you have raised.

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100KM Bike Ride

5th and 6th August 2017

Congratulations and HUGE thanks to Mark and Julie Dickins and John and Sue Newcomb of Christ Church, Chorleywood, who have completed their 105km bike ride in aid of TEFT/Kisima. There were a couple of setbacks (a dodgy knee or three and a broken pedal) but the foursome have raised an amazing £11,650 for the school! It's not too late if you would like to donate - click here

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