Inspired by a group of enchanting children from a remote village in Kenya, Devotion Africa was founded in 2007 following several months of teaching and building projects undertaken by our founder Kimberley Seville. Living amongst local communities in rural Kenya she witnessed first-hand the struggle of raising a family on and below the poverty line.
Returning to the UK in 2008, Kimberley began the search for dedicated sponsors who would hold the promise of a brighter future for the remarkable children she had left behind.
Having laid the foundations for Devotion alongside our Kenyan Co-Founder Serah, Kimberley returned just six months later in August 2008 for the official launch of the Charity’s sponsorship programme. Enrolled in one of Kenya’s most highly regarded boarding schools, the launch marked the beginning of a life-changing chapter for our youngsters whose unquenchable thirst for knowledge and zest for life
was all the inspiration we needed.
Devotion Africa strives to transform the lives of orphans and vulnerable children through the gift of education. Our sponsorship programme empowers children with the tools they need to break the unforgiving cycle of poverty and build a more secure and sustainable future for both themselves, and their families.
Devotion Africa is a charitable trust, governed by a Trust Deed executed on 10 December 2010. In operation since 2008, the Charity proudly registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (1139698) on 6 January 2011. The Charity is currently managed by the first Trustees, and any additional Trustees are subject to appointment. Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Charity and exercising their statutory powers and duties in furthering the Charity’s objects.
As stated in the Charity’s Trust Deed, the charitable objectives or ‘objects’ for which Devotion Africa is established are:
- The advancement of education;
- The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, illhealth, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage;
- The prevention and relief of poverty
These charitable objects, aimed at the public benefit are embodied in the work of our sponsorship programme, currently in operation in Kenya.
Devotion Africa’s charitable activities rotate around the operation of its sponsorship programme – more specifically, in the provision of education, uniform and equipment, transportation and medical and social well-being. In line with best practice, the Trustees have due regard for the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit in planning and executing the Charity’s activities. The Charity’s sponsorship programme is designed specifically to support a child’s educational, physical and emotional journey throughout primary, secondary and higher education. This is achieved by working with Kenya’s boarding schools which are capable of providing holistic child development as well as academic excellence.
Devotion Africa caters for each child’s education and boarding requirements from school fees to uniforms, and textbooks to mattresses. Physical education, secure dormitories and a nutritionally balanced diet is provided by the school, whilst transportation to and from school is organised and escorted by our Co-Founder. The children’s medical and social well-being is catered for by the Charity through medical assessments, medication and guidance and counselling as required.
Sharing and supporting each child’s journey benefits not only the child, but also their family and the wider community. By investing in their education and future employability Devotion believes that our children will be the teachers, doctors and entrepreneurs of the future.