Project information

Creation of digital literacy lab in Mutunyi, Kenya

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy runs 21 schools in Northern Kenya - part of our conservation through community development. Mutunyi is a primary and secondary school with 500 students. The digital literacy lab will help students improve their ability to get jobs by making them more computer literate.

The project will take approximately 9 months from tendering to completion.

Charity information: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy UK

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy UK
  • Need


    Northern Kenya is a very poor rural area beset with problems of poverty, lack of access to education and lack of employment opportunities. By building the digital literarcy lab, the 501 students at Mutunyi school will have access to a bespoke space where they will learn how to use computers, how to harness the power of modern technology to develop the skills they need for the modern work place - skills not included as part of Kenya's curriculum.


    This project will give Mutunyi students an advantage in seeking employment once they have graduated. This is particularly important for young women, for whom gainful employment after graduation can mean the difference between early marriage or an independently led life. We employ graduates of the program and incubate venture ideas particularly in the area of environmental conservation. Digitally literate workers create new jobs and employment lifts the individual and their family from poverty.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The aim of this project is to build a purpose-built digital literacy lab at Mutunyi school, Kenya


    » We will use technology to help teachers deliver the National curriculum more efficiently, to allow for a co-curricular emphasis on digital learning.
    » We will create employment by hiring graduates from elsewhere to deliver the program at Mutunyi school.
    » We will encourage and support individuals with ideas for profit or not-for-profit ventures.
    » We will create 'tech-hubs' in Lewa sponsored schools to build local technological capacity. The hubs will equip learners with entrepreneurial skills.

    The success of this will be demonstrated with the completion of the lab, which will be set up with the requisite wiring and infrastructure to support the labs technological needs.

  • Impact


    Long term changes will be measurable increases in retention of secondary students and measurable increases in post-graduation employment rates. There will also be job creation as graduates turn to technology to create new opportunities. We will demonstrate this through tracking of graduates, systems for which are in place. Poverty reduction and employment will reduce pressures on non-sustainable farming practices and will encourage environmental conservation, as fewer people live off the land.


    The risks are few, primarily that Lewa is not successful in raising the funds to build the digital literacy lab. Other factors are already in place, such as successful models in other parts of the Lewa school network.


    We will report to donors through regular e-news updates which come out monthly and we will report on the new lab, once complete, with a feature in either our Annaul Report, distributed to all donors both electronically and by post, or in the fall newsletter, distributed to all donors electronically.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,400 Management fee Contruction supervision / management of project
      £2,000 Electrical All wiring required for digital lab.
      £4,000 Contruction Substructure and superstructure.
      £800 Windows and doors Windows and doors
      £3,000 Roof Roof is re-enforced to support solar panels
      £2,800 Finishings Interior finishings: paint, furniture, laptop stations.
  • Background


    Mutunyi school is located in Meru county, Kenya, and abuts the south-eastern periphery of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The county population is about 1.5 million people, predominantly subsistence farmers and labourers. Like much of rural Kenya, it suffers from the problems of poor soil, soil erosion, scarce water and increasing demands of a growing population.


    There are currently 501 children attending the Mutunyi primary and secondary school. This project will benefit the over100 students currently in the secondary school. Once the project is up and running, we anticipate the number of students in the secondary school will increase as students will be encouraged to stay in school to learn vital modern job skills rather than leaving to work in subsistance agriculture.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has been working with the local communities since its founding in 1995. Through our network of 21 schools, our health clinics and community development initiatives, we have built up a strong relationship with these communities and have a proven track record, along with having gained the confidence and respect of the communities who are willing partners and who look to Lewa for leadership in innovative solutions to the region's challenges and problems.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Faith Riunga

    Director of Lewa Education Programme. Faith is instrumental in developing the digital literacy programme and will ensure it operates as designed.

    Mike Watson

    CEO of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Mike, as CEO, ensures that all projects are managed in a cost-effective and timely manner.