The Kenyan School Project is a small non-profit organization working to improve the lives of children in Kenya by promoting better educational opportunities and health. We take on one small project at a time.
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The Olemoncho Water Project was completed in September 2020. This project covered the cost of installation of piping, solar panels to run a pump, and the cost of the pump bringing water from a spring to the Olemoncho School compound. The spring located one mile from the school was the only source of water for the school, which required students to carry water in jugs from the spring to the school. See the Kenyan School Project July newsletter for details of the project.
Solar panel - for creating energy for the water pump that is pumping water to the school.
The most recent project you made possible was the building of a new classroom for grade 5 at the Olemoncho Primary School located in the rural Maasai Mara. In October 2019 board member Ann Goss traveled to Kenya to review the new fifth grade classroom and financial records from the classroom project. Your donations and the funds from a Harambee held at Vita's Restaurant on Lopez Island helped pay for this new classroom. When Ann visited the Olemoncho school the new classroom was nearly finished, except the guttering, furniture and a pinboard. View the January 2020 Newsletter for more details.
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The Olemoncho primary school which serves K – 8 students, is a government school, located in a rural area of the Masai Mara. The school requested funding from KSP to build an electric fence around the school compound to protect students from wild animals . During the day and at night, lions and elephants could wander through the school grounds and encounters with elephants are particularly dangerous. The exciting benefit of the fencing project which was completed in November 2018 is that the new fence will protect the students from wild animals, especially elephants, while at the same time, protecting the elephants from human interaction and possible death. Electric fencing also adds security to the school. A very big benefit of the fence is that the school has been able to plant trees in the school yard to eventually provide shade for the buildings and students. In addition the school is developing gardens where they can plant food to improve the school feeding program and the school has also been able to raise cattle which they will sell to make money for the school feeding program. This project is a win – win for people and wildlife.
The Burguret School was desperately in need of a new kindergarten at the school. The old one room classroom was falling apart and the conditions were not contusive to learning.
KSP has donated books to the school through the Book Program to bring culturally appropriate books to the school library and classrooms. These books are in Swahili and English and provide much needed culturally appropriate content. The books are actual text books purchased in Nairobi by KSP Board member, Ann Goss, when she visited Burguret in March of 2015.
KSP funded the purchase of 4 water tanks, gutters, piping and a water collection and wash station. Much of the water is used to grow food for the school gardens. Food grown in the school gardens is used in the school meal program. The water is providing improved hygiene and students no longer have to carry water to school (average distance of 1 mile) as there is now water for washing and cleaning.
As part of the Kitchen project, KSP purchased a Jiko cooker to make food for the noon meal. The School meal program is a direct result of the Kitchen Project and has greatly improved the lives of the children at the school. According to school officials the Burguret School is highly respected in the area, in large part due to the food program and water projects funded by KSP. School enrollment has increased and children are doing better in school as a result of the Meal program. For many of the children, this is their main meal of the day.