The educational needs of the children of Umoja, an Indigenous Samburu community in Kenya, are urgent. The community school is a small building that lacks electricity and running water and badly needs repair. It currently has 50 students and just one teacher, who is not trained to teach in Kiswahili or English, the dominant languages in Kenyan government and business. Students lack basic supplies, including pencils and crayons, paper, books, and flash cards and other didactic materials.
Hire two trilingual teachers; paint, repair, and expand the school building; build a playground; purchase uniforms and shoes for students; create and purchase trilingual didactic materials; and offer evening classes for women.
Improved children’s literacy rates in Samburu, Kiswahili, and English; increased language abilities in Kiswahili and English among students and women; and an Indigenous community that can participate more equitably in Kenyan society.