Project information

Extending a primary school in rural Kenya

The second phase of an ambitious project to build a high-quality new school for more than 600 pupils.

9-12 months

Charity information: African Promise

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  • Need


    In September 2013, following more than two years of tireless work, we opened the first part of a new school at Kisimenyi - replacing the small, dilapidated and dangerous old school. However this was just the first chapter in this story and there is more work to be done to further improve and modernise facilities at the school.


    This second phase of work at Kisimenyi will include the construction of four further classrooms, the provision of high-quality staff housing, as well as increases to rainwater harvesting and storage capacity, and the provision of an electricity supply.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Further reduce average class sizes and ensure there is no class with more than 40 pupils.


    » Increase teaching space by constructing four further primary classroom and a third classroom for the nursery school

    Success will be a reduction in the current average class sizes of 42.

    Aim 2

    Further improve water supplies and minimse number of 'drought' days in the school.


    » Provide at least a further 30,000 litres of rainwater storage capacity

    Success will be few, if any, days where there is no water available at school.

    Aim 3

    Provide capacity for increased contact time between teachers and pupils


    » Construct high-quality, on-site staff housing.
    » Provide an electricity connection to allow for homework classes and lessons after dark (most pupils do not have any form of power in their homes).

    Success will be the introduction of evening tuition and homework classes.

  • Impact


    This project will continue our work to build the foundations upon which the school can deliver a primary education worth having. We will demonstrate success by monitoring the performance of the school over the months and years to come. Success will be consistent and sustained improvements in performance.


    The first phase of this project was delayed and over budget as we faced a number of an unexpected challenges and costs. However we have learnt from these lessons in the planning of this phase to ensure that there is no repeat and that the work is delivered on time and within budget.


    We take very seriously our responsibility to report comprehensively and transparently to all our donors. We would keep donors regularly updated throughout this project via our e-newsletters, our social media channels and through a final written report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £63,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Primary classrooms Four primary classrooms in two blocks of two
      £7,500 Nursery extension A third classroom for the nursery school
      £20,000 Staff housing Accommodation for up to six teachers
      £6,000 Other Electricity, furniture and rainwater storage
  • Background


    Kisimenyi Primary is one of our six partner schools within the isolated Kasigau region of rural sout-east Kenya.


    The majority of pupils at Kisimenyi come from hugely disadvantaged backgrounds; their parents largely being poor, subsistence farmers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In the 8 years that we have been operational in this region we have built close working relationships with our partner schools and local stakeholders, and have earnt a reputation for successfully implementing a range of projects and programme that deliver tangible change and development.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Denis Mwanyiro

    Denis, a local, has been our Programmes Manager since 2008. He has overseen a number of major construction projects across all our partner schools.

    Nicholus Mutui

    NIcholus is the head teacher of Kisimenyi and will be responsible for mobilising the community to support the project.

    Charles Coldman

    Charles, our Director, will be responsible for planning the project in partnership with the head teacher and other stakeholders, and for fundraising.