Education for underprivileged children


The project aimed to provide 40 underprivileged Kenyan children with access to secondary school education. Forty boys and girls were selected from 23 Kenyan counties according to eligibility criteria reflecting their primary school grades and family background. The project included scholarships for the school fees, provision of leadership training and psychosocial support. This additional training aimed to give the children the necessary confidence to succeed in their studies and in building their future lives.



All 40 students successfully completed their secondary school education. 38 of them achieved exam results giving them direct entry to various Universities in Kenya, and even abroad. The remaining two students had the opportunity to attend other post-secondary institutions. Eight students obtained outstanding results that positioned them among the best in the country. The 38 students who gained admission to universities had enrolled in a wide range of subjects, such as medicine, computer sciences, nursing, engineering, statistics and geology. Several gained scholarships to overseas universities, including “Sciences Po University” in France.


The NGO:
The Hilde Back Education Fund (HBEF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2001 by Chris Mburu. It is named after his benefactor, Ms Hilde Back, who sponsored his education in the 70’s and 80’s enabling him to finish school, proceed to University and become a successful human rights lawyer. HBEF provides scholarships, leadership training and psychosocial support to bright underprivileged children to enable them to complete their secondary school education.


January 2014 - December 2017


With whom
Hilde Back Education Fund



10 July 2018
A project completed in Kenya

The project led by the Hilde Back Education Fund, in Kenya, supported 40 bright and vulnerable students in successfully completing their four years of secondary school education. All of the students were able to continue on to higher education. (click here for more information)

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