Bradley Broder is the founder and Executive Director of the Kenya Education Fund.
Bradley founded Kenya Education Fund as a means of supporting the children he befriended while serving in the US Peace Corps for two years (Kenya 1999-2001). Bradley has over 17 years experience working with Kenya and speaks fluent Kiswahili. His deep, personal connection with Kenya and knowledge of international development issues has led Bradley to focus KEF focus on keeping Kenyans in school to develop the country’s human capital and reduce dependency on foreign aid. Brad holds a BA in Spanish from SUNY Stony Brook and an MA in Political Science from Western Washington University. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
The story of KEF weaves together the rich histories of three organizations, the Kenya Education Fund (est. 2006), the Nomadic Kenyan Children’s Educational Fund (NKCEF, est. 2001) and the Children of Kibera Foundation (est. 2007).
KEF has over 20 years of collective experience working to promote education in Kenya.
KEF was started by former Peace Corps Volunteer, Bradley Broder and local community leader, Dominic Muasya, to keep kids in high school when their means did not allow.
NKCEF was formed after a group of families from McLean, Virginia accompanied their children’s high school teacher, Hon. Joseph Lekuton, on a trip to his nomadic homeland in Northern Kenya where many of the children were not in school. NKCEF combined with KEF in 2011.
Children of Kibera Foundation was founded by Honorable Ken Okoth (Kibra) and provided hundreds of educational scholarships to primary, secondary and university students from Kibera –Africa’s largest slum. CoKF decided to join hands with KEF in 2013.
Notes from the show:
Brad founded the KEF in 2006.
The KEF gives scholarship to Kenyan high schools; you can sponsor a child for just $750 a year.
He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Loitoktok, Kenya from 1999-2001.
He was in Namibia when the towers came down.
When he returned to Kenya 3 years later, so many people had died from AIDS.
The KEF started with asking friends and family for money to send one girl and then five kids to school.
About Schmidt (2002), starring Jack Nicholson.
The KEF has helped thousands of kids get an education.
"The ask is sort of an art... asking is a sales pitch.
Barack Obama: "Fired up, ready to go" video
Salesforce.com gives 10 free licenses to non-profits
Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Art of the Ask - Connie Phieff
Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson
The Ask - Laura Fredericks
Ask. - Ryan Levesque
Essentialism - Greg McKeown