The Kijani Kenya Trust was formed in 2004 by a group of friends who either live or have strong connections with Kenya.
They come from a diverse range of political, educational and international business backgrounds.
Their shared goal is to make things better for the struggling Kenyans that they see around them by focusing on small effective projects in the fields of health, education and conservation.
A UK arm supports their fund raising activities.
One of their most successful initiatives was the establishment of an annual Kijani Music Festival which mixed local talent with international performers and attracted many supporters and much media attention. A further Festival is planned for 2014.
In 2011 Kijani was invited to organize Kenya´s participation in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the Commonwealth, held at Windsor Castle in May, 2012. Fifty Kenyans took part, chosen from around the country, representing its diverse cultures and peoples.
Having developed a sound reputation in Kenya over the past ten years the Trust would now like to move to the next phase. With that in mind it looks to establish a UK based endowment fund to assist in the day to day running of the projects which it supports.
Kijani’s strengths are…
- It only supports projects which are small and are run in the field by a group of passionate and hands on people
- It provides regular feedback and financial reports to its donors
- Its Kenyan trustees are well known and well respected
- It is run entirely by volunteers and has no head office or administrative costs apart from essential accountancy and legal fees