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Reflect Year 2022 for HBEF through our newsletter


Greetings friends. Trusting that you have been well throughout 2022. We invite you to join with us as we reflect on the Year 2022 for HBEF through our newsletter. Enjoy the read.

From the HBEF family, We Wish you a Merry Christmas and a fruitful 2023

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 December 2022 18:05

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Seasonal Greetings Partners, Friends and the entire HBEF Community


The year 2021, is coming to an end and we are very glad that after the experience in 2020 owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic, learning has gone on largely uninterrupted this year. We are very pleased to share our 2021 Newletter which captures how the year went for us. We are grateful for the far we have have come and for the lives that are being transformed each day through this noble work….enjoy the read!

From Us to You; Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2022

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 December 2021 19:58

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Welcome HBEF Group 2021


Our 2021 Beneficiary Recruitment and Selection Process was conducted in the months of June-July 2021 owing to the changes in the academic school calendar as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This resulted in welcoming 51 new children into our program bringing the total number of students supported by HBEF since its inception to 898.

Our new students have joined their new schools to begin their 4 years Secondary School Journey. It is always very fulfilling for us to be part of the transformational journey of every student we admit into the program. This support is courtesy of the generosity of our sponsors from all over the world. HBEF appreciate the trust placed upon us by them and we shall endeavor to keep doing our best in supporting these children.

Our targeted Counties this year included Kiambu, Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kwale, Siaya and Nakuru. We are forever grateful to the Government Education Officials in these counties who offered us great support in coordinating the process and ensuring that the students selected were deserving of the scholarship opportunity.

We wish the students the best and hope that by the end of the 4 year journey each of them will emerge victorious as they transit to the next level of their education journey.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 September 2021 21:16

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Celebrating Hilde's Life And Legacy


Following the recent demise of Ms Hilde Back and her planned funeral on Friday 26th February 2021, we are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support through encouraging messages from so many of you. We continue to celebrate Hilde’s life and legacy even as we soldier on with this great work which came out of her ‘small act’.

  • Click on the link below to read a very special Tribute Booklet by the Hilde Back Education Fund Community


  • View photos taken during a special Tribute Moment to celebrate her life

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2021 21:57

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Ms Hilde Back Passes on

The Board, Management and Staff of Hilde Back Education Fund is sad to announce the passing on of Ms Hilde Back on Wednesday 13th January 2021 at the age of 98 years. Ms Hilde Back is the inspiration behind our organization, having supported the education of HBEF Founder Mr Chris Mburu in the 1970s.

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Sharing our January to June 2020 Newsletter


After another great start to 2020, little did we know that the Covid-19 pandemic would cause an unprecedented interruption to learning in Kenya. All in all it is our privilege to share with you our progress so far through our current Newsletter issue…Click Here to Download the Newsletter

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 08:21

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Just like every beginning of the year, this year we are once again very privileged to welcome our new students who we will be supporting through the next four years as they pursue their secondary school education. All this is courtesy of our dedicated sponsors who we are very grateful to.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:02

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Merry Christmas

Hilde Back Education fund Family wishes you a merry
 christmas and a prosperous new year

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2019 11:23

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HBEF Beneficiary Monitoring

HBEF Beneficiary Monitoring and Support Visit (BMSV)is an interactive session carried out by the HBEF officers to monitor the progress of the beneficiaries in the respective regions at the end of every school term.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2019 13:40

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                      "If you are good at something, give back to the society and the society will certainly give back to you" Elvis Muiruri karanja '2015 to 2018'



Frustrated and tormented from the scars of violence, which I also have in my body, yet i decided to try my best













When were you in the H B E F program?

2012 to 2015.      

How did you get in the program?

I was awarded the scholarship after having scored well in the primary certificate, where I scored 369 out of 500 marks in Turkana County.

Please give us a brief about yourself, your family, your upbringing and schooling.

I was born in a family of three headed by a single mother, my little sister (both deceased) in Kaptembwa area in Nakuru. I started my schooling from Uhuru primary near Kiamunyi. Things were okay since my mum used to go clean houses as a day house help at Milimani area. Things changed when the post-election violence started which took away the life of our mother and damaged our lives. I was then in class six. I had to seek my aunt’s help in raising my little sister as I tried to find a way out, since I loved education. Frustrated and tormented from the scars of violence, which I also have in my body, yet i decided to try my best. I was able to secure a job as a house boy in Rongai area through a friend who had known my mother. That was at the end of 2009. In the following year of 2010.I decided to enroll for the K C P E as a private candidate as I worked in the house for a salary of 2000 shillings. I did the exam and scored 345/500. This according to me was a failure since I was targeting above 350/500 because a good Samaritan had promised to get me a scholarship chance with the Wings to fly program.

Now having not met my mark, I really felt low and lost especially as I was watching the program of the Wings to Fly, concerning those who had been selected. I also realized that students from hardship areas had some advantage over their marks.

Without hesitation I took all the savings I had(6000k) and decided to go to Turkana County and try it there. The reasons as to why I chose the county was because, when I read the published results from the newspaper, students selected from other hardship counties like Wajir, Mandara, Marsabit all had Islamic names and that scared me a little.

I took off to Lodwar on Thursday, from Nairobi. Going to Lodwar was not because I knew someone from there, I knew no one and no one had also advised me to go there. It was probably the choice I made because I wanted to make it in life.

Armed with a few clothes and my birth certificate, I arrived in Lodwar in the morning of Friday because the buses normally travel at night. After alighting from the bus, I met with the children running to school. I decided to follow one the pupils to the school gate which would later turn out to be my school—Lodwar Mixed Primary school.

After getting the location of the school, I returned back to town where I booked a lodging for 200 shillings a night. Later on, during the day, the same Friday, I went to the school and approached the headmaster Mr. TIMOTHY KIKETE WABUYA. He is the person who has made me be where I am today. In his office he asked me if I had done K C P E before, which I denied since I thought he won’t accept repeaters. He then told me to go home and come to school on Monday with books and uniform. And that’s how I came to attend the school. When i told him my story, he accommodated me at his home unconditionally.

I once again sat for the KCSE exam and scored 369/500. The teachers from the school gave me the forms of HILDE BACK EDUCATION FUND which funded my four years in secondary school at Lodwar High school. They even took care of my transport and medical treatment.

In secondary school, I didn’t pass well enough to secure straight university admission since I was affected by the death of my small sister. While in form three third term, she drowned in the river after being mistreated by my aunt. That really affected my grades and I scored a mean grade of C+ 48 points in K C S E 2015.

Now with no hope of furthering my academics, I resulted again in doing odd jobs in town. In everything I did since I had a desire to go back to school, I decided to be saving some amount of money. In September 2018, I applied for a Bachelor of Law degree program as a private student. I am currently in my second semester first year. Currently I am doing taxi business during the day and go to class on evening, since my classes begins at 5;30pm to 8;30pm.THANK YOU.

In summary, what could you say were the greatest benefits you derived during the 4 years you were under H B E F program?

The gift of education unconditionally from Hilde Back family.

Is there a way that the lessons learnt during the 4 years under H B E F are of value in your current studies or life?

Very much and it’s my hope that one day I will fund a student through HBEF

What are your goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5/10 years?

I want to graduate with a degree in law and sit with founder Chris Mburu since I was told he is also a lawyer.

Is there a way you are doing your own ‘small act’?

Not yet.

Any final thought?

Thanks H B E F, thank you a lot. I am proud to have been a beneficiary.



        Please give us a brief about yourself, your family, your upbringing and schooling.

My name is Mercy Wairimu .I am 17 years old and born in a family of seven have two brothers and two sisters. I am the first born in our family .I have been brought up by both parents who have struggled in various jobs to earn a living. I attended my primary school at St Dominic Buchana Primary and later joined Nakuru Girls.

When and how did you get in the HBEF Scholarship program?

I got to the H B E F Scholarship program on February 2015.When I was joining high school at Nakuru Girls high school. I got to know about HBEF through my primary school head teacher, Mr. Nyamu, who told us about it and brought to us a form to fill in.

In summary, what could you say were the greatest benefits you derived during the 4 years you were under HBEF Program?

I have benefited from HBEF so much because they have paid my fees for the four years in high school. The organization also has taught me many skills that I have been using while studying in school and also at home.

You performed very well in your KCSE, what can you attribute your success to?

My success was attributed by one of the skills that I learnt through Hilde Back and that are concentration. It helped me so much to get maximum knowledge from the teacher while  teaching  and then I would  go back to books  to only get what  the teacher  missed or maybe what I may not have heard during the session. It was also attributed by the motivation to make a better life.

Did you hold any Leadership responsibility at your former school? If yes, how did this contribute to your own development and success in your performance?

I did not have any leadership responsibility in school.

Did you encounter any personal challenges during your secondary schooling? If yes, what were they and how did you deal with them?

At school, I faced the problem of social classes; that is wanting to be like others who have everything but once the idea propped up, I would tell my mind to read and I will have mine letter. I also had a problem with my health that even had me admitted to hospital one week before the exams.

What are you currently involved in?

Currently am not involved in such productive activities but I stay at home and help my parents with household chores.

Which University and course have you been admitted to?

For now, the KUCCPS placement service has offered me one of my choices but they have not put it clearly which one.

What are your goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5 /10 years?

My goal is to become one of the best female civil engineers in our Country Kenya. Help my parents to improve their standards of living and help children from poor families in their education and live a happy life.

Any final thoughts.

I would like to thank Hilde Back for been in support of me for four years and also pass my regards to my sponsor, Mrs. Joette Ray Chambers.

Thank You Very  Much Mercy and Wishing You The Best.( March 2019)

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Please give us a brief about yourself, your family, your upbringing and schooling.

I am a humble girl brought up from a humble family and had a chance to school from primary to secondary

though with financial challenges but thereafter I found assistance from HBEF program and was enabled to achieve

my goals.

When and how did you get in the HBEF Scholarship program?

I joined the HBEF family in 2015 .This was after my father leaning and getting to know about the program from friends.

An interview was conducted and an application form was given .Thereafter I was selected as one of the beneficiary.

In summary, what could you say were the greatest benefits you derived during the 4 years you were under HBEF Program?

I got to learn different life skills and more so I was enabled to study without financial challenges.

You performed very well in your KCSE, what can you attribute your success to?

Working smart and having positive attitude .Doing discussion and consulting from teachers is also important.

Did you hold any Leadership responsibility at your former school? If yes, how did this contribute to your own development and success in your performance?

Yes. This made me to have self confidence,being responsible and also having interpersonal skills.

What are you currently involved in ?

Teaching and attending some computer practices.

Which University and course have you been admitted to?

Awaiting admission

What are your goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5 /10 years?

Being a successful person.

Any final thoughts.

I really appreciate the foundation fully for the support given to me in order to achieve my goals of being successful.

Thank You Very Much Mercyline and Wishing You The Best.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 11:55

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Welcoming 85 new boys and girls in the HBEF Family!!!

After the release of the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination in November 2018, HBEF initiated the 2019 Scholarship Beneficiary Recruitment and Selection Exercise. Those shortlisted after submitting their application through our Scholarship Application Form, together with their guardians went through interviews conducted with the assistance of local education officials and leaders in the respective counties. This is geared towards ensuring that only those that meet our selection criteria are selected.

The outcome was the award of 4 year scholarship to 85 bright needy children drawn from 12 counties in Kenya. We are confident that each of these boys and girls has great potential and the secondary schools they have been admitted to presents them with the opportunity to access quality education to enable them pursue their dreams in life.

Through our Beneficiary Monitoring and Support Visits conducted during the school holidays in April, August and December, we shall have an opportunity to closely monitor their progress. We look forward to an exciting 4 year journey with them.

Our beneficiary intake each year is guided by the number of sponsorship we have received. A big thank you to all our sponsors who have willingly partnered with us to support these children. May God abundantly bless you.

To see the list of our 2019 Beneficiaries and their schools, please click here.


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2019 12:31

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