In the mid-1970s, a German woman living in Sweden by the name of Hilde Back, participated in an international sponsorship program organized by a group of Swedish nationals committed to helping Kenyan children from poor families pay for their education. A young boy, Chris Mburu from Mitahato Village in Githunguri Kiambu was the recipient of Ms Hilde Back sponsorship.
Years later, Chris Mburu and other successful Kenyan professionals from Githunguri area founded the Hilde Back Education Fund as a give-back gesture to their community. Having attained academic and professional success they felt that it was important to give back to their community. From 2001 to 2009, the founding team funded HBEF's activities primarily with their personal resources.
The Fund was named in honour of Chris childhood benefactor Ms Hilde Back. To date, HBEF has awarded over 570 scholarships to boys and girls from across the country, enabling them access secondary school education.