During 2014 the Kasimu Education Fund (KEF) experienced successes and a catastrophe. The second year (sophomore) class for the Kasimu Secondary School (high school) began classes on September 1.  An additional secondary school building was completed through the continuing support of the Lowney Foundation, One Dollar for Life and the Loyola Foundation. Classrooms in the primary and secondary school received enhanced solar/electric systems to support the newly acquired audio-visual teaching aids. Two new teachers were added to the primary school staff, as a result of scholarships provided by KEF.  A  Malawian graduate of the National Resources College was employed to serve as project manager for a proposed irrigation system to enhance agricultural production and other proposed developments.

Improvements were possible through the continuous, generous assistance of our many supporters.

KEF’s success in providing opportunities to girls and women was recognized when President, Mary Burns was invited in March, by the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women to sponsor and chair a forum at the New York conference on the effectiveness of education to improve the status of women, based upon her successful experience in Malawi, as president of KEF. Examples: Teacher’s college scholarships  50% girls; Secondary school graduates: 35% girls; 2014 secondary school students receiving scholarships: 31% girls. These are programs in which only boys had opportunities prior to KEF support.

The catastrophe we experienced was the death of our founder and president Mary Burns on May 19 as the result of a massive stroke. KEF and the Burns family have committed to complete the KEF project within the next three years as a living memorial to Mary. We have many projects to complete in three years as Mary had proposed.   Successes and future projects are described in this annual report.

Love, light and peace,

Robert Burns, President