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Mr. Mohamedally and his Wife

Mr. Mohamedally and his Wife Maniben at their farm in Uganda 1953

Mr. Mohamedally after spending over 50 years in East Africa decided to establish an Educational Trust to help needy students. The Trust was based in Kenya where he had lived most of his life, before retiring to his farm in Uganda. The Trust established in colonial Kenya, helped all regardless of race.

The Mohamedally and Maniben Rattansi Education Trust, was established in 1956 as a result of the philanthropic thoughts of Mr. Mohamedally and his wife Maniben who strongly believed in social justice and the centrality of education in the advancement of individuals. Their vision is that “Education Lights the path to development” and the main aim of the Trust is getting Kenyans out of poverty. The Trust offers bursaries to students from poor families.

After the death of the founders, their son, the late Dr. Hassanally Rattansi took over management of the Trust on July 28th,1957 and the chairmanship in 1962. A big-hearted man, Dr. Hassanally worked for the Trust with a grand sense of duty. Together with his wife Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, they devoted their lives to administering and developing the Trust. Dr. Vijoo Rattansi took over the chairmanship after her husband’s death in 2003. For more on the History of Trust click on Fulfilling a dream.

Dr Hassan

Dr Hassan

Dr. Hassanally Rattansi developed the Trust to what it is today. He believed that ” If God has given you something more than you need, whether its money or talent, you are only a trustee. Use what you need and give the rest to the people around you.”

Dr. Hassanally Rattansi 1921-2003. After his death in 2003, his wife Dr. Vijoo Rattansi took over chairmanship of the Trust.

Benefiting all the people of Kenya
True to the founders’ ideals and beliefs, The Trust has educationally benefited all the people of Kenya. The Founders’ ideas and beliefs set the Trust radically apart from the few charitable trusts then in existence, which aimed at particular races or even individual sub-communities. As was expressly set out in the original Deed: The name and income thereof shall be dedicated in perpetuity for the promotion and encouragement of the education of the following East African communities in the said Colony namely (a) European (b) African (c) Ismaili (d) Muslim and (e)Hindu… The income of the Trust Fund shall be applied in establishing and maintaining scholarships. . . with the object of promoting and encouraging studies at any university, college, school or other educational or training establishment approved by the Board . . . .Each of the five communities was assigned 20% of the total income. Great care was taken to secure fair representation for the then most disadvantaged section of the population as portrayed in the composition of the Board of Directors of the Trust.