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Project information

StareheFuture Appeal

Supporting the remarkable Starehe Boys' & Girls' Centres (SBC & SGC) in Kenya, to help the country’s brightest children overcome poverty & become strong leaders. Starehe is exceptional, providing a home & first-class education to bright boys and girls from impoverished backgrounds - free of charge.

July 2009 - January 2014

Charity information: Starehe UK

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  • Need


    In Kenya over half the population survives on less than $1 per day, and a secondary school education is beyond the reach of most. Starehe is the only secondary school in Kenya to offer bright but impoverished children a first class education and a home - free of charge.
    By providing an exceptional education and the tools for life, Starehe unlocks potential that would have otherwise gone to waste. Students thus go on to lift themselves, their families & their communities out of extreme poverty.


    StareheFuture aims to provide a sustainable way forward for the Starehe Centres in Kenya so that they may continue in their proven ability to create strong leaders; give individual students a passport out of poverty - whilst enabling them to transform the life-chances of their families and communities; and to make a genuine difference to the long-term stability and prosperity of Kenya and, by extension, Africa.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Make urgently needed improvements to infrastructure and facilities at both Starehe Centres.


    » Raise funds for infrastructure projects at Starehe Boys' Centre and Starehe Girls' Centre.

    What success will look like

    Improving facilities at both schools will increase the efficiency in how they are run. In this way students can continue to achieve exceptional academic performance, uninterrupted.

    Aim 2

    To secure the long-term provision of free school places for bright but impoverished young Kenyans.


    » Raise funds for 'forever places' which, when invested securely in a UK endowment fund, will fund around half of the total free places at Starehe.

    What success will look like

    With a number of free places funded permanently by StareheFuture, year on year the schools are relieved of committing valuable resources to finding individual child sponsors.

  • Impact


    A large proportion of Starehe's current backers can only commit on a year-by-year basis, making the schools extremely vulnerable to changes of policy and circumstance.
    By addressing urgent infrastructure needs and setting up an Endowment Fund to provide free 'forever places' at Starehe, pressure on the schools will be reduced, allowing them to concentrate on what they do best - provide an exceptional education and a home for Kenya's bright but economically and socially disadvantaged children.


    Unless the Starehe Centres can increase the number of free 'forever places', this once in a lifetime opportunity for Kenya's poorest is at risk, and the schools may be forced to accept a greater proportion of fee-paying students to cover the costs of running the schools.


    Donors contributing to infrastructure projects will receive annual progress reports. Those funding lifetime scholarships will be sent details of each beneficiary and receive academic reports and letters from their student three times a year. All other donors will receive our quarterly newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000,000 Urgent Infrastructure Projects Essential improvements to core facilities at both schools.
      £1,000,000 Endowment Fund Could provide student bursaries for up to half of all free places in perpetuity.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Corporate Donors £138,000 Guaranteed
    Trusts and Foundations £1,800 Conditional
    Individuals £243,722 Guaranteed
    Fundraising events £19,597 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Starehe Boys' Centre is located in Nairobi City, near the infamous Eastleigh slum. Starehe Girls' Centre is in a more rural location, on a donated site 20km north of Nairobi.
    The schools provide a safe home and an outstanding education to impoverished boys and girls from throughout Kenya. Starehe is a byword for integrity, and its promotion of leadership and service values remain with students throughout their lives, impacting positively on the wider Kenyan, and African, community.


    Secondary school is a luxury that most Kenyans simply cannot afford, least of all Starehe students. As a result Starehe students - both girls and boys - understand the rare opportunity they have been given thanks to the generosity of others, and consider it their duty to give something back. Thus Starehe benefits not just its students, who effectively receive a passport out of poverty, but enables its impressive alumni to transform the life-chances of their families and communities, too

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Starehe is the only school in Kenya offering bright boys and girls from highly disadvantaged backgrounds a first-class education and a home - free of charge. With an impressive alumni now successful in all walks of life from medicine to the media, from law to accounting, Starehe has consistently proved that, in this impressive environment, children who arrive barefoot and underfed can become high-achievers with integrity and purpose - and that poverty can be reversed in less than a generation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Starehe alumni are changing the face of Kenya, stamping out corruption and investing in the next generation of exceptional Starehe students.

    Starehe UK Trustees

    A number of former Starehe volunteers and students sit on the Board of Trustees, committed to securing the Starehe Centres for future generations.

    HRH The Princess Royal

    The Princess Royal has visited Starehe on a number of occasions since 1971, and fully supports the ethos and philosophy on which the schools are built