Kesho UK Trustees Annual Report 2018



Kesho UK is a charity registered with the UK Charities Commission on 19th January 2012; registration number 1145531.

The registered address is:

Phoenix Cottage
Blacksmiths Lane
South Littleton
WR11 8TW

Message from the chair 2018

2018 was a busy year with the introduction and implementation of our GDPR in line with the Government requirements governing charities. While at the time it felt procedural and time-consuming, as with many things which challenge us, the result was actually a very positive one; providing the stimulus to look at all our governing procedures and policies and amend those too. As 2018 drew to a close we were deeply encouraged by the stronger governance structures put in place.

Kesho UK was established in January 2012 with the aim of improving the lives of children living in Kilifi, on the coast of Kenya, through education. It does this by raising funds and providing financial support and administrative/ managerial advice as appropriate to charitable organisations with an education focus and working within in the coastal region of Kenya called Kilifi.

Kesho UK has a unique group of Trustees who believe passionately in its charitable aims, as we have all either lived, worked or visited the area many times and over many years. This close relationship with the coast of Kenya and the work of organisations working on the ground in the region means we are well placed to provide support to organisations which are having a visible and positive impact.

The principal recipients of funds in 2018 as in previous years is Kesho Kenya, a charity in which I was a co-founder back in 2004 and executive director until 2015. We also provide smaller ad hoc awards to organisations in the designated area of Kilifi, for example last year we supported the Rotary Club of Kilifi provide emergency famine relief and we have also supported Moving the Goal Posts (MTG) which empowers and educates girls in the region through football.

As a result of these awards to organisations working at the front line in Kilifi, over 600 children have been directly supported through school again this year and several thousand more children and families have benefited from child protection, literacy support and income generation activities. Kesho Kenya has a particularly impressive track record and is expanding in its outreach and influence. While it continues to cradle its founding core programme of supporting children right through to university, the programme which Kesho UK primarily supports, it now has an impressive sphere of influence within a neighbouring District, Kwale where it is helping to get out of school girls back into education and training. This has been possible by accessing community group networks and the financial backing of Dfid. Kesho Kenya also takes a holistic approach which works. Whole families are now supported and not just individual children within them which in turn impacts positively on the whole community.

While we provide support to organisations none is dependent solely on the resources of Kesho UK; all receive funds from other donors to support their administration, development and outreach work.

Kesho UK would like to thank all those who have supported it since being established, and we look forward to continuing support for the good work that Kesho Kenya and other organisations in Kilifi are doing to support communities through education.

Dr. Kate Nokes, Kesho UK Chair

Kate Noakes - Kesho UK Chair

Kate is a Co-Founder of Kesho Kenya and worked voluntarily for 10 years as the Executive Director from 2004 to 2014. She has 3 teenage boys and moved to Kenya in 2001. Kate worked extensively in Africa and Asia for 10 years as a post-doctoral research scientist at Imperial College, London and later at Oxford University, where she investigated the relationship between chronic ill health and children's educational achievement. She believes passionately that all children should have access to quality education and fun, experiential learning. In 2015 Kate began dividing her time between the UK and Kenya and now enjoys her work as a Sixth Form Administrator in a state school in Bath


Kesho UK has four trustees, Pauline Lowe, Angela Cary-Brown, Geoff Powell and Sally Bagenal. Below is a short summary, written by each, where they tell how they became involved with Kesho.

Pauline Lowe - Treasurer

I worked as the Unit Administrator for the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme based in Kilifi, Kenya for 18 years before returning to Oxford in 2010, I am now retired. I became involved with Kesho UK due to my friendship with Kate Nokes, the current CEO. I had seen my Kenyan colleagues struggling to educate their children and knew many people could not afford the school fees relative to their monthly earnings. I have sponsored a child through secondary school and was also a member of the Rotary Club of Kilifi which managed to secure funds from Rotary Foundation to sponsor 33 children from 2008.

I walked on the Great Wall of China in October 2010 to raise funds for Kesho Organisation. In July 2013 I cycled from London to Paris with my partner Geoff to raise funds. I visit Kilifi every year and have carried out an annual operational and financial review in 2011 and 2012. As treasurer of Kesho UK I hope to continue to support the work of Kesho Organisation in Kilifi.

Angela Cary-Brown

Being married to a Civil Engineer has involved living in many different countries so when my sister decided to move to Kenya, we naturally went to visit. Africa was new to me and I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the people and the scenery. My sister was involved with Kesho Organisation in Kilifi and I saw the wonderful work they were doing to help young people achieve their potential. Over the last few years, I have sponsored children through their secondary education and enjoyed hosting two exceptional young people from Kilifi who did work experience in my children's school. So when Kesho UK was founded the next step for me was to become a trustee. My aim is to build awareness of Kesho Organisation and organise fund raising events so that more local children can benefit from secondary education.

Sally Bagenal

Sally was a board member of Kesho Organisation, Kilifi Kenya from 2008 to 2013. She was executive chair of the board in 2012.

Sally is Director of SROI (Social Return on Investment) Africa consultancy, she has carried out a SROI for Kesho, Kenya.

By capturing the whole story of what Kesho are doing (good and bad, social, environmental and economic) it really quantified the total impact of their work on the community; all other impact measures look at individual elements and miss the less tangible things.

SROI is understood by donors so it's a great help in supporting Kesho's grant applications.

The Annual Report 2018 can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking the image below:

Annual Report 2018