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Project information

Tenderfoot Secondary School build

The Tenderfoot School,Nairobi Kenya,are applying for funding towards a school Boundary wall, construction materials for the build, drainage, a SEPTIC TANK, the planning permission application and the completion fee. The materials needed include sand, cement, ballast, wire mesh, nails, among others.

July 2011 - October 2011

Charity information: passingiton

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  • Need


    The Tenderfoot Primary School is over attended due to its success as a local school and there is no Secondary School for a lot of the older children to go on to.

    We need to build a secondary school so these children can continue their education and give themselves a good chance of a brighter future.


    Giving this local community a secondary school can and will have untold positive effects on a superficial level,to at present the hundreds of local children that rely on the Tenderfoot self help school as a source of education,food,support and hope.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build the Secondary School for the Kangemi Community.


    » We will continue to hold our fund raising events and will continue to appeal to individuals and groups for financial support.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...a fully functioning,well staffed,resourced,attended school that is supported by its own government,its local community,our charity and a number of UK schools.

    Aim 2

    To create more mutually beneficial relationships between the Tenderfoot School and Schools in the UK


    » We will continue advertise our projects through our website and our growing database of supporters.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Strong,positive,self sustaining and mutually beneficial line of communications between the Tenderfoot school staff and pupils and UK teacher and staff.

    Aim 3

    The third aim is to encourage UK based professionals and GAP year school leavers to volunteer.


    » We will advertise these opportunities if and when they arise through our website and our growing database of supporters.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...A constant stream of at least pairs of UK professionals and Gap year students volunteering,learning and contributing at The Tenderfoot school.

  • Impact


    We will be able to offer education and therefore a strong chance of a way out of poverty for an unlimited number of African children.We will also be able to show UK volunteers the wealth that comes with volunteering and believing in a project beyond yourself.


    Civil war and political unrest.
    Line of communication not being maintained.

    We have worked very hard over the past 7 years to create and nurture strong lines of communication with key individuals (teachers,trustees) through visits and through regular phone calls and emails.


    We will continually update our website with relevant editorial,images and films to show what progress is being made.

    We will send out regular monthly news eletters to our growing database of supporters.

    We will hand out our charity booklets at every available opportunity.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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  • Background


    The Tenderfoot self help school was originally 8 street children being fed, clothed and taught in a corrugated iron shack in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi.

    Through the sheer hard work and determination of Esther Wamai, now the schools head teacher, Tenderfoot gradually grew into a functioning primary school for the Kangemi slum children.

    We were first made aware of the project by an official from Sussex University who told us about Tenerfoots desire to expand the school .


    Our plan for the future is to always stay in regular communication with the school and staff, continue to help them financially or by whatever means necessary.

    To this end we are keen to set up relationships between English schools and our projects in Africa so that an enduring support network can be established.

    We are currenly working with Tenderfoot on a phase 2 development plan, which involves the further expansion of the school on the recently acquired plot of land.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    When we got there the school was only half built and there was only enough room and money to feed and teach 155 children.

    Since being involved we have:

    - Built the rest of the primary school. (6 classrooms and a working kitchen).

    - Aquired the neighbouring land. This is presently being used as sports/playing fields but may be used to extend the school in the future.

    - Set up a number of trust funds to support primarily the third of the children at the school who are orphans.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    She is the head teacher,a trustee and our main line of communication.

    Richard Hooper

    He is Esther's main support and the main who set up the schools accounts and trusts.