As the New Year begins, so does a new chapter for The KURA Project. First of all, we have changed our name to better reflect our mission and are now called Kenya Drylands Education Fund or KDEF.
Along with our new name, we are proud to announce the appointment of our new Kenya Country Director, Ahmed Kura. A native of northern Kenya, he brings over 10 years of experience in sustainable development in the arid lands of Africa. He champions the cause of children in Kenya who long for the opportunity to have an education beyond primary school but come from families too poor to afford the school fees. Ahmed himself was in the same position after his mother died and he was forced to drop out of school. Fortunately his brother-in-law was able to find a sponsor in the US who paid for Kura’s education through high school. Kura feels a huge sense of gratitude for this life-changing gift. He is convinced that education is the key to bringing positive and lasting change to Kenya and he wants to give the same gift of an education to children in need in northern Kenya as he was fortunate enough to receive himself. So strong is his desire to give back, that Kura has dedicated his own career, first as co-founder of the BOMA Project and now as Kenya Country Director for KDEF, to finding sponsors for as many students in northern Kenya as he possibly can. In addition he personally mentors these students and their parents in order to support these promising young people as fully as possible while they are in school. In recognition of his extraordinary efforts, the Aspen Institute named him as a 2018 New Voices Fellow.
Kura resides in Nanyuki, Kenya with his wife and two children. He has recently opened a KDEF office in Ubi Plaza in Nanyuki. We are thrilled to welcome Kura and look forward to much success in improving educational opportunities for students in northern Kenya.