Project information

St Kevin's School, Tuyapei, Marigat, Kenya

To raise £15,000 to construct two more classrooms at a new infant school for refugee children near Marigat in Kenya's Rift Valley. We propose developing the school over the next five years and see this as our target for the coming 12 months.

September 2016 - September 2017

Charity information

Strawberry Hill Overseas and Community Concern (SHOCC)

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  • Need


    Families forced out of Sudan have settled near a government irrigation project just outside Marigat, Kenya. There is no school within 10 miles for their children and most work as child labour alongside their parents on the irrigation project. The life chances for girls are particularly desperate and most get married at aound the age of 12. Parents have asked for a school, land has been donated by the irrigation project and the local Chief and Education Department are supporting the project.


    The construction of a primary school will meet the needs of children from the ages of 3 to 14 and will considerably enhance their life chances. The provision of dormitories will enable girls to extend their education beyond the age of marriage and will also reduce the likelihood of childhood pregnancies, which are high in the area. The project will help to develop the local community and may bring about cultural changes such as a reduction in the excessive drinking of locally brewed beers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Construct two classrooms to add to the two already existing.


    » Raise the necessary funding to complete the construction of the classrooms.

    Classrooms will be added to the school each year and pupil numbers will increase until the school is completed by September 2021. Girls will stay at school beyond the age of 12.

    Aim 2

    Work with parents to bring about change in the way of life of the local community


    » Involve parents in the running of the school both in terms of day to day activities such as providing lunches and loger term governance of the school

    Parents will be involved in the running of the school and will encourage their children to attend regularly. A women's self-help group will be established in the community.

    Aim 3

    Bring about a change in some of the cultural traditions of the local community.


    » Work with the community to reduce the incidence of traditional activities such as Female Genital Mutilation and excessive drinking of local beers.

    Increasing numbers of girls will stay on at school beyond the age of 12, levels of FGM will decrease as will the drinking of locally brewed beers.

  • Impact


    The project will lead to changes in the life chances of the whole community but especially of young girls. Some will delay marriage and go on to secondary school, incomes will increase as skill levels improve and relations with other communities such as the Turkana will improve. A base level survey will be carried out and achievement evaluated at the end in 2021. This will focus on educational achievements, cultural change and sustainability.


    The 6 acres donated by the Irrigation Company owners was not properly registered and migrants contested its designation for a school. Meetings held with the Education Department, the local Chief, the Parish Priest and the community have led to agreement. The land has been registered and homes found for the migrants. Corruption risks are being minimised by the opening of a dedicated bank account, by appointing a project manager and by releasing funding against short term target achievement.


    SHOCC Chair of Trustees visits the area every year and will continue to do so. He will produce a brief annual report outlining progress against targets. Regular progress updates received from the Project Manager will be made available on social media such as Facebook.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Classrooms Construction of 2 classrooms

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    SHOCC £2,500 Guaranteed
    ARCAID £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Tuyapei is located 6 miles east of Marigat in Kenya's Rift valley. This is one of the poorest parts of the country with a large proportion of the population living below the poverty line. The school will provide for Sudanese refugees who moved to the area some 20 years ago. Few facilities have been provided. There is no local school, no electricity, no shops and only occasional work on the irrigation project. Over 350 children lack primary education and early marriage and FGM are commonplace.


    The main beneficiaries will be the local children aged between 3 and 14 estimated to number around 500 who currently lack education. The community will benefit through work as kitchen staff and governors and a women's self-help group wiIl be formed. It is hoped to achieve some degree of cultural change with reductions in the levels of early marriage, FGM and the consunmption of local beers. The production of tomatoes in the school's polytunnel will help to improve pupils' nutritional levels.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SHOCC has considerable experience of managing educational projects in East Africa. In 2014 it provided £30,000 to renovate science laboratories at Muthetheni Girls Secondary school in Kenya. Currently it is helping to fund a new school near Singida in Tanzania. It was involved in the construction of St Paul's primary school in Marigat. It supports 30 orphans with their education in Kampala, Uganda. This year marks its 35th anniversary and over that time it has raised over £500,000.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Kevin Cook

    Chair of SHOCC Trustees. Will visit the project at least once a year. Will report to donors on a regular basis. Will manage project finance in the UK

    Rev Fr Stephen Oyaya

    Parish Priest Marigat. Project Manager. Will visit project regularly. Will be a co-signatory of cheques. Will report back to Dr Cook regularly.

    Ms Elizabeth Nzuki

    Co-signatory of cheques. Will visit project regularly.


This will enable us to construct one classroom

"Children lack basic education for a variety of reasons. Parents want the daughter to get married at a tender age so that they can get the dowry. FGM is rising leading to early school drop outs. Some parents engage themselves in alcohol. A school is urgently needed her to bring about change."

Rev Fr Stephen Oyaya