FAQ´s

  1. Q1: Shouldn’t the Kenyan government be funding these Centres?
  2. Q2: Can’t Alumni fund the school?
  3. Q3: Isn’t Starehe privileged already, compared to other schools in Africa?
  4. Q4: Wouldn’t it be better to increase access to secondary education for all Kenya's children?
  5. Q5: How many free places will be funded by the Appeal?
  6. Q6: Don’t former Stareheans leave Kenya for better opportunities elsewhere?
  7. Q7: How is Starehe funded at the moment?
  8. Q8: How can I be sure my gift will reach Starehe?
  9. Q9: How can I trust that my donation will be used wisely?
  10. Q10: What kind of feedback can I expect as a supporter?
  11. Q11: Can I get more involved as a supporter?


  1. Q1: Shouldn’t the Kenyan government be funding these Centres?
Answer:

Kenya is still a developing country, and whilst the Government has succeeded in providing free primary education to all its citizens, the provision of secondary education – totally free of charge - will take many years to achieve.  In the meantime, the government provides and funds all of Starehe’s teaching staff via the Teachers’ Services Commission.  The government also makes a contribution towards some overheads at both schools via Ministry of Education, Science & Technology grants.  Plus, by maintaining its financial independence, Starehe is free to pursue and promote its unique and successful educational philosophy, without interference.

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  1. Q2: Can’t Alumni fund the school?
Answer:

Many Starehe old boys are already supporting our Appeal – as well as helping members of their extended families through school and assisting their home communities, e.g. by building houses and paying for wells to be dug. In addition, most Old Stareheans sponsor children at the school, and virtually all of them support fundraising efforts within Kenya, e.g. by participating in the annual fundraising golf day and race day. In addition, two ‘old boys’ set up the Kenyan Endowment Fund, which has already raised around £90k to fund free places.

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  1. Q3: Isn’t Starehe privileged already, compared to other schools in Africa?
Answer:

Despite educating poor bright students free of charge, Starehe Boys’ Centre and Starehe Girls’ Centre receive no more money from the Kenyan government than any other secondary school. Students receive simple food and lodgings that are far from luxurious - and both centres aim to be self-sufficient in as many areas as possible, such as food production (at the Girls’ Centre) and investing in renewable energy sources (Boys’ Centre).

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  1. Q4: Wouldn’t it be better to increase access to secondary education for all Kenya's children?
Answer:

This is outside the Appeal’s sphere of influence. However, Starehe is continuously reaching out to other schools in Kenya, who are keen to replicate the Starehe model. Long-term, as Old Stareheans move into increasingly influential positions within the Kenyan government, they will undoubtedly harness Kenya’s resources to improve the situation for others in the future.

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  1. Q5: How many free places will be funded by the Appeal?
Answer:

Together with £1 million raised in 1996-98, the Griffin Endowment Fund should provide for around half of all the free places at both Centres (depending upon interest and exchange rates), which would be around 450 in number.

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  1. Q6: Don’t former Stareheans leave Kenya for better opportunities elsewhere?
Answer:

Many former Stareheans stay in Kenya and make a vital contribution to the country’s economic and political life – and other spheres of influence. Others are employed by international or governmental organizations, which require them to work abroad. For example, old boys are currently employed outside Kenya by respected organizations such as Reuters, the BBC, Citibank and Shell. However, it must be remembered that Kenya is still an emerging economy in a developing continent and unemployment is high. Even a degree is no guarantee of a job and, as a result, many Kenyans are obliged to seek work outside Kenya and this inevitably includes some former Stareheans.

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  1. Q7: How is Starehe funded at the moment?
Answer:

Both schools receive funding from a number of different sources, including:

  • Grant from the Kenyan government, including Teachers’ salaries.
  • Grants from overseas non-governmental organisations e.g. Kindernothlife, Rettet Das Kind.
  • Student fees (currently, at the Boys’ Centre only).
  • Income from Centre-led fundraising events in Kenya e.g. sponsored walks, golf days and dinners.
  • Private donations from individuals in Kenya and overseas, including former pupils.
  • Donations from the Kenyan Endowment Fund.
  • Donations from Starehe UK.
  • ‘Earned’ income, e.g. band hire fees and publications revenue (Boys’ Centre), and sales of foodstuffs such as fish and honey (Girls’ Centre).

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  1. Q8: How can I be sure my gift will reach Starehe?
Answer:

Starehe UK, the UK Registered Charity running the StareheFuture Appeal, has direct and close access to the Directors of both institutions, and to other key staff members. Any requests for funding must be approved by the Trustees of Starehe UK, who only authorise the release of funds once a proper application has been made. Monies are transferred directly from Starehe UK to the school bank accounts; there are no third parties involved. Trustees of Starehe UK – and other UK Trusts and charities which donate to Starehe – make regular visits and receive reports on any funds granted, as well as annual reports from the Directors of both institutions.

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  1. Q9: How can I trust that my donation will be used wisely?
Answer:

The Director of Starehe Boys’ Centre is accountable to:

The Starehe Managing Committee - responsible for scrutinising, approving and signing the Annual Report & Accounts, which are audited by Ernst & Young. The Chairman of Starehe UK has a seat on this Board.
The Board of Trustees - the property of the Centre is vested in charitable Trustees, comprising a minority who are core members of the Managing Committee, additional members representing relevant government Ministries and a few experts.

The Director of Starehe Girls’ Centre is accountable to:

The Starehe Managing Committee – appointed by the Board of Trustees and comprising the Directors of both Centres, three child welfare specialists and three distinguished individuals nominated by the Trustees.
The Board of Trustees - responsible for scrutinising, approving and signing the Annual Report and Accounts, audited by Ernst & Young. Trustees include the Chairman of Kenya Airways, a senior Kenya Shell employee, a senior member of the Kenyan armed forces (and representative of the Old Starehean Society), as well as representatives of the Ministries of Education and Social Services.

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  1. Q10: What kind of feedback can I expect as a supporter?
Answer:

Major donors to capital projects will receive one interim report and then a final report upon completion. These reports will include an itemised account of how the money has been spent (actual against budgeted) and, where possible, photographs of the completed project. Donors will also have the opportunity to visit the Centres (at their own expense) and see for themselves how their funds have been used.

Major donors to the endowment fund (the ‘Griffin Fund’) will have the opportunity to communicate with an endowment beneficiary, if they wish. Similarly, Griffin Fund donors have the opportunity to visit the Centres (at their own expense) to meet beneficiaries directly. Both Centres are also happy to provide an itemised account, showing how much it costs per year to care for and educate a child at their Centre.

All major donors are welcome to view copies of both Centres’ Annual Report & Accounts, which can be provided upon request.

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  1. Q11: Can I get more involved as a supporter?
Answer:

What StareheFuture needs above all is money; to help meet pressing short-term capital needs and to protect the future of free places at both Centres. However, in certain circumstances we may be able to investigate how expertise or gifts-in-kind could be used effectively. This would be discussed and agreed on an individual basis.

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Picture of Starehe girls In certain circumstances, we can answer prospects’ further questions by arranging a meeting with an appropriate Trustee, former student, senior volunteer or supporter, or member of staff – or by providing a brief written answer.

Registered Charity No: 1158079