News & Events Archive

2009 / 2010

New team member at Starehe

December 2010

Benenden students; Annabel Lee, Natasha Macgregor, Fiona Grant, Sarah Raffan and Nicole Kiang, with former SBC Captain, David Munene and Starehe Appeal staff, Lisa Robinson and Lucy Fisher

We would like to welcome Ashleigh Thompson, who took up the position as the StareheFuture Appeal Fundraising Assistant on the 1st December 2010.


Starehe Girls' Centre borehole up & running

November 2010
The physical geography of the site of the girls’ school presented considerable challenges to the development of infrastructure. The elevated site of the Girls’ Centre meant that water pressure from pipes was non-existent. Until recently, sometimes water had to be brought to the school by tanker. This was not only expensive, but insufficient and unsustainable. The good news is that as a result of StareheFuture’s generous donors, the borehole at the girls’ school is now up and running. As a result Starehe Girls’ Centre now has its own safe water source for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Water supply, sanitation, hygiene and health are crucial to the schools’ success. We are delighted that future generations of Starehe girls will benefit from improved hygiene and sanitation.


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First UK alumni ‘Mbuzi’ meeting held in London

September 2010
On 24th September Shell Centre kindly hosted the first ever ‘Mbuzi’ meeting of the UK Chapter of the OSS (Old Starehean Society). ‘Mbuzi’ means goat in swahili, as roast goat is traditionally offered at important gatherings in Kenya. The OSS meetings in Kenya are called an ‘mbuzi’.


Summer-Term Fundraising at Benenden School bears fruit!

July 2010

Benenden students; Annabel Lee, Natasha Macgregor, Fiona Grant, Sarah Raffan and Nicole Kiang, with former SBC Captain, David Munene and Starehe Appeal staff, Lisa Robinson and Lucy Fisher

A huge thank you goes out to the girls of Benenden School who very generously dedicated the fruits of their summer-term fundraising efforts to StareheFuture. This consisted of a spare change collection at the school's Speech Day service, where The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey, addressed the girls and their parents.

The Dean spoke of his time at Starehe, where he volunteered during a year out between School and University, and where he says he was particularly inspired by Dr Geoffrey Griffin, Starehe's founding father. We are particularly grateful to two girls - Fiona Grant and Sarah Raffan - who sold refreshments during their breaks from lessons, donating all profits to Starehe.

Altogether the girls raised a fantastic £1,015, a superb amount which could buy shorts and t-shirts for each student to participate in P.E.! We are extremely grateful to all who took part and we hope their example will lead the way for other schools to fundraise for Starehe too!


US Vice-President's wife visits Starehe Girls’ Centre

June 2010
On 10th June during a brief visit to Kenya, Dr Jill Biden, wife of US Vice-President Joe Biden, took time out from a busy schedule to visit Starehe Girls’ Centre, meeting Director Margaret Wanjohi and sitting in on an English class.

Dr Biden was impressed by what she saw, saying: “This is all about empowering young girls. And today, they’ve inspired me.”


Charity scrum at London Rugby Sevens!

May 2010
We were delighted to have been granted a fantastic opportunity in May to make a charity collection at the London Rugby Sevens at Twickenham, where some 30,000 rugby fans gathered to watch teams from sixteen different countries compete.

Thanks to the enthusiastic and committed efforts of a number of our treasured volunteers in the scorching heat, and with the generosity of the spectators, we were able to collect a fabulous £1,350 for the Starehe Centres! This could pay for a student’s fees and board at Starehe for two years, which includes all their food and clothing as well as costs for their education and medical care, so thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.


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Buckingham Palace opens its doors to StareheFuture

May 2010
The summer season kicked off to an exciting start for Starehe, with a private dinner for around twenty supporters in the Queen’s private dining rooms at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of our guest of honour HRH The Princess Royal. Her Royal Highness, as a long-term supporter of Starehe, engaged and motivated guests with her personal enthusiasm for the Starehe Boys’ and Girls’ Centres. We are also extremely grateful to the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) which provided a string quartet for the evening, and whose music complemented the stunning surrounds of the Palace perfectly.

This is the third StareheFuture event HRH has generously attended as guest of honour, and we remain grateful for her ongoing and invaluable support.


Marathon runners celebrate success in Brighton!

April 2010

Chris DeSouza took part in the Brighton Marathon 2009 to raise funds for Starehe

We are feeling ever-indebted to our three incredible athletes who ran 26.2 miles in the sunshine on 18th April in the inaugural Brighton Marathon! All three runners achieved impressive times by anyone’s standards. It was an unforgettable day, with a great atmosphere and an excitable crowd who turned out in droves to show support for the runners.

Altogether the runners raised more than £3,800, which is an incredible fundraising effort! Thank you to those who signed up to run for Starehe and helped raise such a staggering amount – and to those who generously sponsored them – your contributions will have a real impact on the Starehe Centres.


Starehe students repeat success in March 2010 KCSE Results

March 2010
Both Starehe Centres enjoyed fantastic results in their recent KCSE exams, with Beatrice Anyango Ogolla coming third nationally in Kiswahili, and with Starehe Boys’ Centre coming second in the country and top in Nairobi province. Our congratulations go out to all the students for their hard work and excellent results. Please download our Spring Newsletter to read more.


HRH The Princess Royal addresses Starehe supporters
at The May Fair Hotel

February 2010
On 3rd February we had the pleasure of welcoming HRH The Princess Royal to a buffet luncheon at The May Fair Hotel. The purpose of the event was to introduce the Starehe Boys’ and Girls’ Centres to those attending, in the company of both friends of the Appeal and a number of Starehe alumni.

Her Royal Highness delivered an inspiring speech about her visits to Starehe Boys’ Centre and expressed her hopes that those present would help secure the futures of these two remarkable schools.

We are very grateful for Her Royal Highness’s ongoing support.


Energy Institute raising funds for Starehe

During the annual International Petroleum week, the Energy Institute held various events throughout the UK from London to Aberdeen, with a charity collection for three charities including StareheFuture. As a result of the great generosity of the members that attended StareheFuture has received £2,500. Many thanks to all who donated!


Daily Telegraph Christmas Appeal draws to a close

The StareheFuture Appeal is extremely grateful for the wonderful support shown by The Daily Telegraph and its readership during its Christmas Charity Appeal 2009. This Appeal helped raise over £160,000 for StareheFuture! To read more about our partnership with The Daily Telegraph click here.


The Daily Telegraph chooses StareheFuture

November 2009
The Daily Telegraph has chosen StareheFuture to be one of their benefiting charities for this year’s Christmas Appeal. To read all about our partnership with the Daily Telegraph please click here.


StareheFuture Appeal at the Women of the Future Awards

November 2009
The prestigious Women of the Future Awards were held at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor, on 12th November 2009.

We were delighted to be chosen as the event’s benefiting charity, and are thrilled with the fantastic £4,000 raised from raffle ticket sales!


HRH The Princess Royal officially launches the StareheFuture Appeal

July 2009
On 21st July we celebrated Starehe Boys' Centre's Golden Jubilee with a Champagne Reception at Shell Centre, very generously hosted by James Smith, Chairman of Shell UK. Our guest of honour was HRH The Princess Royal - a long-term supporter and admirer of Starehe - who officially launched our three year Appeal in the presence of old and new friends of Starehe.


Starehe Boys scoop largest number of top 100 places in national exams

March 2009
Students at the Boys’ Centre are celebrating another year of high achievement, with 24 students making the KCSE ‘top 100’.

Click here to read the article in Kenya’s The Standard newspaper: [PDF]


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