background on the Kimilili Trust
Kimilili Trust works to improve the quality of life for young
people living in the Kimilili area.
and John Gribben have been associated with the Kimilili area for
more than ten years. They were both, until their retirements,
headteachers of schools which had link-schools in that part of
Kenya. They have kept their links with the general area by setting
up this charity (The Kimilili Trust) with some friends in West
Sussex. The Trust achieved charitable status in 2004 and the trustees
are all local West Sussex people.
Kimilili Trust does not provide assistance to individuals but
is set up to help young people in general through schools, churches
and other local organisations.
education in Kenya is free but the government offers only limited
help with buildings and the provision of resources. Promotion
within primary schools is by ability rather than age and consequently
mixed age classes are the rule rather than the exception. Primary
education finishes at about 14+ (end of Key Stage 3 in UK terms)
but individual pupils may be as old as 17 or 18. Primary education
concludes with an examination (the Kenyan Certificate of Primary
Education - KCPE) and primary schools within a division are ranked
according to the performance of their pupils in this examination.
Admission to secondary school is dependant upon performance in
the KCPE and secondary school courses are of 4 years duration
– though individuals may take longer to complete. Whilst
the government has recently started assisting with fees some additional
sums are often payable and it is traditional in Kenya for secondary
schools to be boarding schools. Consequently there will be costs
for boarding as well as tuition. Many children in the Kimilili
area still find themselves unable to proceed to secondary school
by reason of poverty. The Trust does sometimes make a contribution
to a general welfare fund within an individual school to help
needy pupils in that school.