Kids4Kenya

1. To proactively support the mission and objectives of African Promise in the advancement of education in primary and pre-primary schools in Kenya 2. To develop programs, outreach initiatives and events geared to fund raising and the propagation of African Promise 3. To attain or surpass our fundraising objectives and create a long term sustainable support process for African Promise both at a financial and organizational level
Dec 15, 2011

Kisimenyi Update Winter 2011

Kisimenya 2011
Kisimenya 2011

Work has now begun on several components of the overall project in Kasigau, across 6 villages. While the building work continuies apace in Kisimenyi, work in Jora, Rukanga, Makwasinyi, Kitegke and Bungule is continuing and encompasses specific projects such as:

  • Extensive renovation of four-room classroom block to include new roof, steel casement glazed windows, ceilings, storage, re-plastering & rendering, veranda extension (does not include furniture)
  • Tables, desks and chairs for classes 3 to 8
  • 4 stance block of ‘Mobilets’

The team in Kenya remain hard at work and fully committed to the completion of the full project

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Sep 26, 2011

2011 progress update for Kisimenyi School

March 10th 2011 - ground-breaking ceremony

On Thursday 10th March the Kisimenyi community (including pupils, parents, staff and the school management committee) as well as local government officials and dignatories came together to launch the project to rebuild Kisimenyi Primary School.
 
During a memorable, if exhausting day, for all involved ,the Kenyan national anthem was beautifully sung, a range of other songs, poems and dances were performed by pupils and the community, speeches were made and, finally, ground was broken on the site for the new school by a select groups of individuals behind the project. 

March 10th to 17th June - preparatory work

Immediately following the ceremony, the project management team (including Founding Director Charles Coldman, Project Manager Denis Mwanyiro, Headmaster Amon Mwandoe and Engineer Tom Mwakireti) marked out the rough footings of the first phase of buildings. There then followed a lengthy period of preparation as the site was cleared and levelled, locally available materials such as sand, gravel and hardcore were delivered to site and over 32,000 bricks and 4,500 concrete blocks were individually hand-made. Time was also needed to recruit a team of builders and this was done in consultation with the community and head builder, Elude Mwachofe. 
 
20th June 2011 - construction begins

Construction work got underway on the 20th June with the engineer coming to site to accurately mark out the foundations (as accurately as one can using traditional local techniques!). Foundation trenches for all the five buildings were then dug by hand using a large team of labourers, mainly young men. 
 
Digging took a couple of weeks, and was followed by the mixing (again by hand) of tonnes of concrete for the buildings foundation footings. On top of this, three courses of concrete blocks were laid before the trenches were backfilled.   
 
Work has reached different stages on each of the buildings as recent progress has been staggered. 

  •  library - nine courses of bricks laid and walls just about window mantle level;
  • classroom block - six courses of bricks laid on one building and work on brick laying getting underway on the other;
  • staffroom & office block - all exterior and interior walls at lintel level awaiting preparation of timber mould and steel reinforcements for concrete lintel;
  • nursery - foundations completed 

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Jul 11, 2011

Progress at Kisimenyi

Kisimenyi June2011
Kisimenyi June2011

Work 'proper' has finally started at Kisimenyi after long delays due to the amount of time it has taken to get building aggregates on site and to complete preliminary work such as making 30,000 bricks. Updated project photos are available at - http://www.flickr.com/photos/africanpromise/sets/72157627061875574/ .

The latest photos (taken by African Promise on site project manager Denis just a few days ago) show that the foundation trenches for the first phase of builds have been dug. Concreting and wall building is now underway – so hopefully it won’t be too long until the buildings rise from the ground!

Elsewhere, African Promise has completed the walls for the eco-kitchen at Kiteghe - http://www.flickr.com/photos/africanpromise/sets/72157624215668943/ - and begun work on a staffroom/office block at Bungule - http://www.flickr.com/photos/africanpromise/sets/72157624215640075/

 Also, the first batch of new style classroom furniture has been delivered to Jora (to class 1 & 8) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/africanpromise/5829255931/in/photostream - 

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