In this vlog for HuffPost UK, filmed as part of the Charity Commission's Trustees Week, Kema talks about growing up in Newcastle's West End and how, after his mother passed away, he fell in with the wrong crowd. After working with the CHAT Trust and eventually becoming a trustee, Kema now wants other young people to "be the change they want to see in the world" and get involved with charities close to them.
To the millions of people (mostly Americans in the rust belt, I'd say) who know little to nothing about Islam, it would be forgivable for them to assume that Ramadan, the Muslim month of charity, piety and fasting, is actually all about weeding out terrorists who would kill Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
It is estimated by the Muslim Charities Forum that British Muslims gave approximately £100million to charitable causes during the month of Ramadan this year. To give some context, that equates to approximately £38 a second.
Of course I know that 'Charity Does A Good Job' and 'No Governance Concerns At Charity' are not juicy headlines, but what I take from all of this is that it seems that most people writing (and reading?) about charities don't actually know much about charities, about the reality of running a charity, working in a charity, or receiving services or support from a charity.
Either way, the work we need to do as a sector to learn lessons from what went wrong with Kids Company should be harnessed as a force for the good and not as a way of undermining work which makes a massive difference to some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.
It gives me great pleasure in announcing between a joint effort from the Charity Commission and trustee board from the World Youth Organization we have come to a decision on our charitable objectives.
Where the buck stops matters. Kids Company handled about £150 million over the course of its existence. It did great work, but should have been advised that it is not enough to act out a mission that defies economic gravity, just because you want to do so.
Providing humanitarian aid in conflict zones can mean having to negotiate access to areas where proscribed groups operate. This poses a risk that can lead to prosecution under UK counter-terrorism laws.
The reaction from the Charity Commission on these cases was in my eyes exemplary. Not only did it act swiftly to remove a charity that should have never been on their register in the first place but it also was quick to reassure the public on social media and elsewhere that the programme did 'not reflect the vast majority of charities that are properly run by honest trustees'.
The re-appointment of William Shawcross as Chair of the Charity Commission has understandably and rightly sparked much media and charity sector interest in his views and political allegiance as well as the role of the Commission itself. The latter is old news...