Education  Kenya Project #39873

A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya

by African Promise
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A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
A new school for 500+ pupils in rural Kenya
The new front of the school.
The new front of the school.

Despite unusually heavy seasonal rains in Kenya over the last couple of months we have managed to make significant progress on the first phase of the new school at Mkamenyi Primary.

With a workforce of 30 builders and labourers on site, we completed construction of the walls of the first parts of the new school, which includes four classrooms, staffroom and offices, and a multi-purpose library/computer/meeting room, before Christmas and after a delay of three weeks whilst we waited for timber to be delivered we have now started work on roofing, whilst steel windows and doors are manufactured off-site.

We expect these new facilities to be operational within the next 3-4 months and we have already begun to think about the next phase of work.

The relocation of the administrative operations to the new offices and staffroom will allow for some of the oldest parts of the existing school to be demolished to make way for other new facilities, including a kitchen and a dining hall. The existing kitchen is in a terrible state and replacement of it with a larger facility with energy-efficient stoves will allow for the introduction of a school-wide feeding programme, possibly from the start of the next school year in January 2021.

Furthermore, the current sanitation facilities, especially for primary pupils and for staff, are wholly inadequate and insufficient and are in desperate need of being replaced and/or added to.

These two projects, together with installation of further rainwater harvesting capacity, will be our next priorities going forward.

Classrooms under construction.
Classrooms under construction.
The existing kitchen at Mkamenyi.
The existing kitchen at Mkamenyi.
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Our project team on-site at Mkamenyi Primary
Our project team on-site at Mkamenyi Primary

After almost two years of talking, planning and fundraising, we have finally broken ground on the new school at Mkamenyi Primary!

A fortnight ago our project team were at the school to mark out the footings for the first parts of the new school. Since then, in between seasonal rain showers and storms, we have managed to make good progress and the foundations are coming up well.

Over the coming months we will be focusing on building two entirely new parts of the school – a twin-classroom extension to an existing classroom block, and a 450 square metre administration block housing the staffroom, four office spaces, two classrooms and a multi-purpose library/ICT/meeting room.

Once these are in a position where they can be occupied (even if not entirely finished), large parts of the existing school will be condemned and demolished to make way for other new buildings including further classrooms, a dining hall and kitchen, and assembly ground.

We are, of course, relieved that work has finally started and that we are on the way to delivering on another promise but it is just the start of a long road and there is still at least two years of building work ahead of us, not to mention the small matter of another £150,000 still to raise!

The admin block mapped out on the ground.
The admin block mapped out on the ground.
Plans for admin block
Plans for admin block
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Earlier this month we came together with the Mkamenyi Primary community to officially launch the start of our project to rebuild their school.

As is tradition, there was singing, poetry and dancing (including, badly, from our director!) and it was a great opportunity to speak to the parents and share with them the exciting plans for their school.

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"This was the most important day in the school's history as parents, teachers and pupils came together to celebrate what they believe is the beginning of a new school and a better future for them."

Nicholas Mutui, headteacher

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Although building work proper is not scheduled to start until the end of September, over the next few weeks we will be busy making the first batch of bricks on-site, bringing in tonnes of aggregates, and installing water storage tanks, whilst the parents have a large amount of excavation work to do (by hand) in order to create the various levels upon which the new school will be built.

We are, of course, very eager to get started on fulfilling another promise but this is the first time we have undertaken a project of this scale whilst working around an existing school so we are very much taking things one step at a time and whilst we have enough funds to get started we still need to raise in excess of £150,000 to complete this ambitious project as planned over the next 2 years! There is a long road ahead...

Tanks to store water needed during construction
Tanks to store water needed during construction
Erecting guttering to collect rainwater.
Erecting guttering to collect rainwater.
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African Promise

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Charles Coldman
London, London United Kingdom
$410 raised of $321,352 goal
 
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