Secondary school education for underprivileged children

The project aims to provide 50 underprivileged Kenyan children with access to secondary school education. Forty boys and girls will be selected from 10 Kenyan counties according to eligibility criteria reflecting their primary school grades and family background. The project includes scholarships for the school fees, provision of leadership training and psychosocial support. This additional training aims to give the children the necessary confidence to build their lives as they mature.

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 2019 - December 2021



With whom

The Hilde Back Education Fund (HBEF) 



49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.