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Week 1 of the Beneficiary Monitoring and Support Visit (BMSV) ends today and Week 2 begins on Monday. HBEF uses these visits to monitor the students progress and to motivate them to do their best. It is quite a humbling experience impacting these young minds. A quote from 1 of our motivational speakers in Kiambu county yesterday: 'If you want to invest for a year, plant rice; if you want to invest for 3 years, plant a tree; if you want to invest for 100 years, invest in a child's education!'

Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 09:08

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Thank you to all our sponsors!

A sponsor is more than a financial sponsor – most of our sponsors give much more than their money to educate their beneficiaries’ lives, they give their time, their families and share their lives with our beneficiaries. They take the time to write to the children and even send them letters. As HBEF we are truly grateful to all our sponsors and as we prepare to meet the students from the 15th – 26th August we are reminded of the reason we do what we do at HBEF – promoting education as a human right. Thank you to all our past and present sponsors!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 06:54

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Bonface Karuru

Hi Hildeback Family,
My name is Bonface Karuru, a former beneficiary from year 2008- 2011 back when i was in Kiambu High School where managed to score an A- in KCSE. I recently graduated from Kenyatta university with a First Class Honors Degree in Economics and Finance. I want to take this opportunity to thank Hildeback Education Fund for your financial aid that I received through my high school studies. It went a really long way in making me reach to a whole new level through my campus life and also in shaping the man that i am today through the motivational retreats that you organized for us during my time as a beneficiary. This email is primarily meant to recognize the role that you have played in shaping my life...and also to share the good news with you.

I am indeed greatful to Hildeback for the part that you have played in my life. THANKYOU VERY MUCH HILDEBACK FAMILY
A small act gone a long way........................

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 12:06

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January - June 2016 Newsletter

The latest newsletter is now on the website ready to download; it serves to inform on what HBEF has been up to the last 6 months. Enjoy the read:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:25

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Middle school students raise funds for HBEF

Four middle school students of Haverhill, Massachusetts (USA) with the help of their teacher raised money by selling bracelets in their school to help students access education. HBEF is humbled to benefit from these young children and the money raised will be used to pay one of our student's tuition.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:51

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HBEF Donation Page

Creative Visions has been experiencing a major problem with online transactions and has therefore temporarily suspended processing online donations through Classy, while they continue to work with experts to resolve the problem.

As a short-term solution, CVF has partnered with Network for Good, so that you can resume payments to Hilde Back Education Fund. Creative Visions is highly confident in the ability for us to receive donations safely and securely through Network for Good.

Our new donation page is now live and you can sign up and make the payment here:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 07:48

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Tyson Machimbo Lumbuku (2012-2015)

I would like to take the opportunity to inform you that I am very grateful for your great support for sponsoring me in my high school education for the four years in St. Peter's Mumias Boys High School.
Due to your great support, I was able to learn comfortably and eventually scored a mean grade of B+. This has enabled me to qualify to do Bachelor of Education in Kenyatta University.
Once again I would like to say that you have made a great impact in my life and how I pray that the Almighty God open the financial doors for you so that you can continue with the same spirit.
Lastly I thank the whole Hilde Back Back fraternity together with my former sponsor Sir James Hays. May God bless you all.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 06:50

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Leonard Koskey Kipkorir (2012-2015)

I am grateful to HBEF for your sponsorship towards my high school education. I managed to get an A- of 74 points. I am now looking forward to joining the university where I applied for Economics and Statistics. Once again I want to thank you for your support.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 12:31

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Effective Philanthropic Engagement in Kenya

Today marked the launch of the guidelines for effective philanthropic engagement in Kenya. This is the global and local recognition and collaboration between philanthropic actors, governments, development agencies, civil society and other stakeholders in Kenya. HBEF is proudly associated with the Kenya Philanthropic team and glad that this journey has now began and hooping to optimise the impact of philanthropy contribution to development.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:35

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Tales from Kimani

It has been almost two years since I got to the United States to attend college through the help of the Hochschilds, a family that I feel proud of every morning and I am always grateful because of what they have done for me. The transition from Ngenia, a small village in Central Kenya, to Twin Lakes, a small town in Wisconsin, could not have been easy were it not for this great family. They have been terrific in every way. While the differences started from how you pronounced the names of my old and new living places, the love of the Hochschild has been so overwhelmingly kind and always there.

With this kind of love when you are 11,000 miles away from your family, it is such a blessing not to mention a great emotional pillar but there moments when the distance becomes very real and I find myself missing every little thing about home. The coffee plantations, mango, and avocado trees. Each day in the village seemed like a miracle, the ridges and the rugged terrain of the Kenyan highlands lay facing each other. When I climbed a mango tree in our shamba, I would always see the griming faces of these ridges and the small streams or rivers that wounded down these ridges like glittery snakes. The mooing of cows, bleating of sheep and roosters' crows filled the air all the time.

Adapting to my new environment was difficult at times because it was very different. I had to come to terms that the US does not really look as it is displayed in most Hollywood movies that I grew up watching, there are rich and poor people, not everyone drives a Lamborghini plus other very fancy cars. I had to adjust to being away from home in a foreign country, having to speak English all of the time and trying to help people understand my Kenyan accent. I had to make sense of a different educational system, eat unfamiliar foods, and much more. The Hochschilds' welcomed me as one of their own and helped me get through my first year of college. In addition to funding my entire first year of college tuition, they equipped me with clothes, a laptop, a cell phone, and school supplies. I am still deeply humbled by how much they have done for me and my family.

Because of the Hochschilds' generosity, I have experienced things I had never even dreamed of. I flew in an airplane. I learned that there is more than one kind of cheese. I blew out birthday candles at my first birthday celebration just this past year, and I discovered that I love playing golf and watching falling snow. But what I value more than anything has been the gift of education because I have seen its transformative power in my life. Not too long ago, I was just an ordinary village boy destined to live life as a coffee bean picker. That was my heritage and that was my future. But today my horizon stretches wide, full of possibility, and I am still in awe of what each day has become for me.

At the beginning of this year - 2016, I transferred to a university called Northwest University in Seattle, Washington. It is in the northwest part of the United States and 6 hours away from the Hochschilds' home via a plane. I am doing a course in Communications with concentrations in media and film studies. I am looking forward to being a News Anchor and eventually venturing into the film industry as a director/ script writer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:55

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Day of the African Child 16.06.2016

Today is the International Day of the African Child (DAC)! The 2016 theme is below on the picture borrowed from their website. The day is celebrated annually on June 16 to commemorate the 1976 Soweto uprising, where school children were massacred by the South Africa apartheid government as they demanded for their right to quality education. To read more go to their website here:…/day-of-the-african-child-2016/

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:07

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