"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness"
The Kerala Christian Fellowship (KCF) is a UK-registered charity set up by a group of non-resident Indians to enable under-privileged students ‘back home’ to pursue further education in their chosen fields. The members, majority of whom are resident in the UK, work as a collective to try and make a small but lasting difference in the lives of those who could not otherwise afford to go to college.
KCF funds educational programmes, particularly nursing degrees, which substantially improve young people’s chances of securing a steady income. Guided by the Christian principles of compassionate care and mutual responsibility and this translates into reaching out into the wider community with a view of meeting people, regardless of their religious beliefs, at their point of need.
The trustees and members of KCF are all volunteers and so there are no administration expenses. 100% of all donations go directly to the beneficiaries.
Together, we believe that education is both the means as well as an end to a better life: means, because it empowers an individual to earn their livelihood and an end because it increases one’s awareness of a range of issues from healthcare to appropriate social behaviour to understanding one’s rights, in the process empowering them to become better citizens.
We have adopted the Social Venture Philanthropy model as a way of bringing together business and social entrepreneurs to discover creative solutions to complex social problems. We intend to create platforms and avenues through which people can think about their charitable giving.
The impact of what we do...
I am Nayana. I live with my mother, sister and brother in a place called Thrikkakara, Kochi. My father, aged 52, died suddenly from a heart attack last year. As I am classified as a Dalit Christian, I do not get priority for admission and reduced fees in government colleges under the reservation policies of the state government! My pastor wrote to KCF on my behalf for financial assistance for me to do Nursing studies. KCF kindly agreed to provide a grant and with the help of others, I started the course. I am grateful to KCF for their generosity in helping me and giving me hope and a sense of purpose for my life. You will never know how much of a relief this is for my widowed mother. Thank you and God bless your efforts in helping the poor in India.
In desperation, I cried, ‘Lord where does my help come from?’. I believe God answered my cry when KCF agreed to support my studies at Dr. DY Patil College of Nursing in Mumbai.
My name is Jincy Koshy. My parents cannot afford the fees for my studies. My father works for an organization that helps to rehabilitate women trapped in prostitution in the red-light districts of Mumbai. His salary is insufficient to fund my studies. With God’s help, I am determined to work hard and qualify as a nurse so that I can be of service to patients in their time of need. The assurance that KCF will continue to support me until completion of the course is a huge relief for me and my parents. Words are inadequate to express my gratitude to KCF and all its supporters
Due to an unexpected financial disaster in my family, I was forced to discontinue my studies. On hearing my plight, a family friend who was visiting us from England stepped in to see if he could help me. He contacted KCF and with the help of a few of his friends, managed to raise sufficient funds for me to re-join the course. I am overwhelmed by such generosity.
I am currently in my 3rd year Nursing course at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Karnataka. I shall never forget the amazing generosity of ‘strangers’ who acted with compassion to enable me to continue my studies. I pray KCF will continue to bring hope and dignity to many like me; I will do my best to help others to continue this ‘chain of love’