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Project information

New classroom in Mombasa slum

Mustard Seed Project (Kenya) are providing quality education with a feeding programme and healthcare for 300 poor children in a Mombasa slum. Half are in an expensive rented building with small rooms. We are desperate to get all under one roof to make a cohesive school and save £500 per month .

Six months

Charity information: Mustard Seed Project (Kenya) (MSP)

Mustard Seed Project (Kenya) (MSP) logo
  • Need


    The main problems are; this 300 strong school is on two different sites about five to ten minutes walk from each other. The rented building is expensive. There is no opportunity for children to meet together. The classrooms in the rented building are very small with no space for activities. There is no kitchen at the rented school. And it costs us £500 a month to keep them there.


    This building will house 300 children in classes of 25. The completed ground floor has five classrooms, a clinic, staffroom, offices, toilets, kitchen bore hole, septic tank and soak-away. When completed we shall have solar panels on the roof and no rent to pay. The project will then approach long-term sustainability. Half our children are currently in this building but we are desperate to get them all together to form a single group identity and save money.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build the first of six classrooms on the upper storey of our school building.


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    What success will look like

    A classroom will be built. There will be six classrooms on the first floor of the school.

  • Impact


    The school will remain full (maximum of 30 children in a class).
    Academic standards will remain higher than all government primary schools.
    Academic standards will be equal to or higher than neighbouring private schools.
    All but the least able will succeed in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education to enable them to gain a place at secondary school.
    The building will be used for adult education and the community in the evening and during holidays.


    The contractors, who are on standby, may pull out. In which case we shall need to find other contractors.


    If they opt to hear from us donors will receive regular reports until completion of the project and will thereafter be added to the circulation list to receive regular updates from trustees when in Kenya in February and October.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 one classroom 25 -30 children will be taught in this
  • Background


    The school is in Mgongeni on the North Coast of Mombasa. Forty years ago this was a leafy suburb but as people flocked to the city for work it became increasingly overcrowded. Whole families now share one room and share a toilet with five other families. The people are very poor and regular employment is unusual. There are many one parent families. With drought and inflation malnutrition is rife. For many children our feeding programme provides their only meals. Our clinic keeps children well.


    The children, families and community served by the school. 1500+ people.
    Poor children living in the vicinity of our school are admitted on a first come basis first served basis. We aim to take 25 children in a class with an absolute upper limit in the older classes of 30. All children must attend regularly or their place will be withdrawn. Almost all families are very committed and involved in the school. Quality education benefits both children and families helping to break the poverty cycle.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The founding trustees, Rita and Geoff have spent 18 months working in this community in the last nine years.
    Geoff is a Civil Engineer with experience in both large and small construction work. He oversees the project when in Kenya. We have regular Skype meetings with the contractors when in the UK.
    Rita is a trained nurse and primary school teacher. She gives in-service training to the teachers and oversees progress and standards in the school. She is in regular contact with Kenyan staff.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Irene Changawa, Headteacher.

    Irene's enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to learn and take on new ideas has made the school the success that it is.

    Prolity Engineering Ltd (Herman And Peter)

    Contractors building the school. These two men are delivering a high standard of work and are willing to build as funds allow, to support us.

    Joshua Kadenge

    Experienced headteacher of another charity school. He is one of our Kenyan trustee, mentor and supporter of Irene.

We are so happy about the new toilets especially for the older girls. They are very hygienic with the 24 hour tap water and very private.

Lillian and Patience (students)