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Project information

Tusaidie Watoto Nursery School, Kibra, Nairobi

Helping the poorest of the poor to achieve their potential in Africa’s largest slum. Supporting children in their education, through their whole journey from nursery to adulthood to break free from poverty, so enabling them to become independent productive citizens

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Karibuni Children

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  • Need


    The Kibra slum is reputed to be the largest and worst of all the slums in Africa where 750,000 people live in 2.5 square miles without any basic amenities. Children suffer from poverty, malnutrition and neglect. They struggle in state primary schools because families find it difficult to provide uniforms, shoes, books and even feeding. They also lack the social and basic English language skills which are the necessary foundations for a successful education.


    At any one time Tusaidie Watoto Nursery School has some 50 children spread across 3 classes with Karibuni paying for teachers, social workers, cooks, caretaker, uniforms, books and meals. Each year we sponsor 17 new children into the Nursery, with a similar number leaving to attend state provided primary schools.
    Three years at nursery school equip the children with language (lessons at Primary and beyond are taught in English) and other skills necessary to hold their own as they progress.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide Nursery education to 50 children from the Kibra slum


    » To fund 4 teachers, part fund 2 social workers and 3 cooks. Social workers identify children and support them throughout their journey
    » To pay for uniforms and shoes for 50 children
    » To pay for breakfasts and lunches for 50 nursery children, equating to 20,000 meals during the year

    What success will look like

    Success will be 50 happy and well-nourished children, equipped with social and English language skills, prepared for the next stage of their development

    Aim 2

    To provide support for 131 children from the Kibra slum while at primary school


    » To pay for uniforms, shoes and textbooks for 131 children
    » To pay for lunches for 131 sponsored primary school children, approximately 26,000 lunches during the year
    » To part fund social workers and cooks

    What success will look like

    Three quarters of sponsored children progressing to secondary school by passing the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education. Remainder offered practical skills training

    Aim 3

    To provide secondary school education for some 60 children from the Kibra slum


    » To pay the fees of 60 children at secondary school
    » To pay for uniforms, shoes and textbooks. If at boarding school also to provide meals and accommodation
    » To part fund social workers who will visit, mentor and monitor children whilst they are at secondary school

    What success will look like

    More than half of the children qualifying for College or University. Remainder offered practical skills training. Numbers reflect lower intake in earlier years

    Aim 4

    To provide further education for 24 students from the Kibra slum


    » To pay for university, college or polytechnic fees
    » To pay for accommodation where appropriate
    » To part fund social workers who will visit, mentor and monitor students whilst in further education

    What success will look like

    All of the students ultimately successfully completing their courses and graduating

  • Impact


    At present each year 17 children who would otherwise miss out on education are sponsored onto the programme. Cumulatively the project currently sponsors some 260 children and young people.
    The long term benefit will be all realising their potential through the power of education so becoming independent and useful citizens, contributing to their families and the wider community.


    1. Children may not succeed in their education. However, dedicated social workers support and encourage the children to complete their education.
    2. Funding may cease or decline, jeopardising our long term commitment. We seek multiple sources of funding as well as maintaining healthy reserves.
    3. Funds may not be used wisely. We control funding by maintaining a permanent representative in Kenya, annual visits by Trustees and controlled release of funds against agreed budgets.


    We will report to donors via regular newsletters as well as via our website and social media. Where appropriate we will provide specific and detailed reports to significant donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £79,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £21,700 Salaries Teachers, Social Workers, Cooks, Caretaker
      £12,700 Feeding programme For children at nursery and primary school
      £24,400 Tuition Fees Secondary and Tertiary School fees
      £9,400 Student support Uniforms, Shoes, Textbooks, Writing materials
      £5,200 Medical and Social development Medical costs and Children's extra curricular activities
      £6,500 Administration Office and Accountancy , Insurance, Security, Transport, Rent

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Regular Giving £25,000 Guaranteed
    Sponsorships £8,000 Guaranteed
    Trust fundraising £5,000 Conditional
    Other fundraising £17,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Unesco’s Human Development Index value for 2015 ranks Kenya at 146 out of 188 countries making it one of the poorest. Expected number of years of schooling is 11.1, with 6.3 achieved.
    Kibra, a shanty town in Nairobi, is probably the largest slum in Africa. Unemployment is 50%, with average earnings less than $1 per day.
    The nursery school was started by the Methodist Church in Kenya in 1997 with 20 children and has been growing and serving the community continuously since that time.


    Owing to the incidence of disease including HIV, lack of education, employment etc. birth rate and infant mortality in Kibra are high.
    There are many multi generation households with many being headed by a single parent – mostly women.
    Average family size in Kibra is 6+. One person gaining employment within a household has the capacity to lift the whole family out of poverty. With some 260 children currently sponsored more than 1500 people will benefit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are focussed solely on Kenya where we support 13 projects and have an outstanding track record. Over 24 years strong relationships have been built up through trustee visits – at their own expense - with project personnel and management committees.
    With only one part time employee 91p of every pound donated to Karibuni goes directly to supporting over 1000 children of whom 700 are directly sponsored.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Makena Anampiu

    As Lead Social worker, Makena manages the project on a day to day basis and ensures that children are being properly cared for.

    Joshua Katungu

    Joshua is our representative in Kenya; he has oversight of all of the projects and ensures that they are properly run and money is well spent.