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Project information

Build a School, Empower a Community

Every child in school, every child learning. We will transform the education for 3,300 children in Gitare, Kenya, where help is urgently needed. We will work in partnership with eight schools and communities to break down the barriers that are preventing these children accessing a quality education

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Build Africa

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  • Need


    Half of Nakuru County’s population, where Gitare is situated, live in poverty. This contributes to low educational attendance (10% absenteeism rates) and poor learning outcomes. The current education system is failing children and their families.
    • Poverty and discrimination stop the most vulnerable children getting an education
    • Schools lack resources they need to teach children
    • Children are leaving school without even basic skills


    We address the needs of children at home, at school and in the community. Working together with parents and teachers, we overcome the barriers of poverty and inequality that can stand in their children's way.

    • We help parents earn a secure living and communities to value education
    • We construct classrooms and improve access to clean water; creating a safe environment for children
    • We provide educational materials and train teachers to give them the support needed to inspire their students

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    No child in the Gitare cluster is denied an education


    » We support families to learn basic financial skills and poverty coping strategies to enable them to afford their children’s school fees
    » We help parents earn a secure living by enabling farming families to grow more sustainable crops and get a fair price for their work
    » We establish social enterprises, putting money into the pockets of communities through micro-entrepreneurship schemes

    What success will look like

    Improvement in:
    • No. of VSLA members
    • No. of VSLA members taking loans
    • % of pupils feeling supported by their parents
    • % of parents reporting increased financial security

    Aim 2

    Every child in the Gitare cluster has the chance to learn


    » We repair, renovate and install latrines, water tanks, hand-washing stations and boreholes to ensure all children have access to clean water
    » We make sure schools are safe and accessible by renovating and constructing classrooms, libraries, staff rooms and kitchens
    » We support every school to meet the needs of every child, making sure that materials are accessible to children with disabilities

    What success will look like

    Improvement in:
    • Number of permanent classrooms and latrines
    • Pupil to book/latrine/classroom ratio
    • % of pupils reporting to access to water / a desk / latrines

    Aim 3

    Every child in the Gitare cluster leaves school with the skills they need


    » We help schools to access engaging learning resources to help children get the most out of their time at school
    » We train teachers in methods appropriate for each age group and connect them through collaborative networks to ensure they are well supported
    » We provide training for children in hygiene management to prevent water-borne diseases and help girls manage their menstruation with dignity

    What success will look like

    Improvement in:
    • % of pupils reporting teachers engaging them in class
    • % of teachers engaging pupils in class
    • % of pupils able to name the benefits of handwashing

  • Impact


    We partner with schools guided by UNICEF’s Child Friendly School Standards for between three to five years. Our objective is that when we leave, the school will have appropriate infrastructure and resources to meet its needs. It will have effective governance and management system with motivated teachers with the skills to keep it that way.
    This long-term, structured approach to partnership allows us to foster a sense of local ownership of the process, ensuring the sustainability of our work.


    Construction carries a number of operational and financial risks. We have a list of vetted construction firms that we have worked with for many years. Works are guided by government approved designs and detailed procurement and contract terms setting out payment terms and conditions against key milestones. Work is supervised by our staff and independent engineers. 10 per cent of the contract value is retained until 6 months after completion in case of any fault.


    Donors will receive bi-annual project reports, case studies and photos. Progress will be measured through a variety of methods including quarterly review meetings with staff and Education Monitoring Groups, monthly and quarterly programme and financial reports and a full final external evaluation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £311,762

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      Amount Heading Description
      £57,262 VSLA Training 24x: VSLA Trainer, 100 handbooks and training materials, start up kits for VSLAs
      £41,546 Entrepreneur Commitees 8x: Training and materials for committees, licenses for enterprises, pilot set-up and support costs
      £4,417 School Management Training 48x: Training sessions on school management and community engagement
      £160,638 Water and Sanitation Construction and reparation of water tanks, pit latrines, hand washing stations and bore holes
      £47,899 Project Direct Staffing Project Co-ordinator and contribution to in-country support team
  • Background


    Gitare is situated in Nakuru County, in Kenya’s Eastern Province. The eight schools in the Gitare cluster are in remote, rural areas and the schools are often the only facility that local children can access. The majority of the population are smallholder farmers, dependent on agriculture to provide income and to feed their families.


    3,300 children will benefit from this project in Gitare by having their access to and quality of education improved. We will also work with parents to improve their economic and food security, impacting the wellbeing of over 10,000 people. The teachers in the schools will also have much more support and training, as well as living quarters that enable them to have more energy and feel motivated to go to work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Build Africa has over 20 years' experience of fighting poverty through education in Kenya, and working with communities to address the unique problems their children face.
    Since 2004, our Build a School Programme has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children across rural Africa. We have built up strong relationships and trust with the communities we work with. We have vast experience working to remove the barriers to education and increase opportunities to learn.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Raphael Sungu

    The Country representative overseeing and coordinating the project; he's been in the development sector for 20years and is passionate about education

    Aron Mativo

    Running the project on the ground - he has been living and working within these communities with BA for last 7 years; he knows their needs inside out