In June of 2005 Rinda Hayes, a long time international humanitarian volunteer, went with her daughter to the remote village of Kinango district of rural Kenya to work in a small village, Bahawkenu.
Stunned and inspired by what she found there, she determined to return to the States to tell the story of this community, where children would walk miles to sit on a mud floor for an eight hour day of school, without even a single book, listening to a teacher. Never had she observed such a single minded desire to learn. Hoping to link caring Americans with top African students that were too poor to stay in school, she began a scholarship program.
Six months later she returned to Kenya with her husband Brent Hayes, who had lived and worked previously in Africa, to expand the scholarship program and establish a Kenyan Board of Directors.
The program grew. The critical needs of the educational infrastructure became glaringly apparent. Soon new projects were added. More Americans became involved, as Brent and Rinda began to take their informative presentations to classrooms and civic groups.
A bridge was built, as the US Board of Directors was established to work in conjunction with the Kenya Board.
In October of 2008, they opened up their service area, including 7 primary schools and 3 secondary schools, for further development, taking college interns down to teach and conduct research that would help guide the growth of Kenya Keys programs and projects.