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Project information

Rebuilding a primary school in rural Kenya

To transform a dilapidated and under-funded primary school into one with the capacity to deliver an education worth having, ensuring the long and tiring walk to school for hundreds of disadvantaged children is a worthwhile one.

April 2019 - December 2020

Charity information: African Promise

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  • Need


    Like many primary schools in rural Kenya, Mkamenyi Primary School is in a woeful state, with crumbling classrooms, filthy and unhygienic sanitation facilities, and a chronic lack of teachers, educational materials, furniture, food and water. In the face of these challenges, and without sufficient government support to invest in long-term redevelopment, there are numerous barriers which prevent children receiving an education worth having.


    By comprehensively rebuilding and expanding the school, and equipping it with the necessary resources and facilities, our project will remove many of the barriers that prevent children in the area from accessing and receiving even a basic standard of education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a safe, spacious and conducive learning environment


    » Construct new or upgrade existing facilities to a high-specification
    » Provide sufficient classrooms to meet a targeted average of 40 pupils per classroom
    » Create landscaped areas with pathways, grass and planting to minimise dust and mud.

    What success will look like

    Pupils learning at desks in clean and uncrowded classrooms without disruption from the elements.

    Aim 2

    To improve pupil well-being and welfare


    » Construct modern, sanitation facilities at a ratio of 1 toilet per 25 pupils
    » Provide rainwater harvesting and storage capacity to ensure a reliable supply of clean water for drinking, cooking and cleaning
    » Construct a dining hall and kitchen to facilitate provision of a lunch programme

    What success will look like

    More children in school, more of the time.

    Aim 3

    To improve learning opportunities for pupils


    » Provide enhanced staff facilities to improve staff motivation and morale
    » Equip classrooms and other facilities with resources including adequate furniture
    » Provide textbooks at a ratio of 1 per pupil
    » Establish a dedicated, purpose-built library and computer room

    What success will look like

    Children engaged in productive learning, achieving improved educational outcomes.

  • Impact


    The ultimate long-term objective of our work is to provide our partner schools with the capacity to deliver an education worth having and to improve the future prospects for the children they serve.


    Improving the school could result in an unmanageable increase in enrolment as parents transfer their children from other poorer quality schools nearby. Our plans will future-proof the school by providing more space than is required for the current enrolment.


    Updates on our project, including videos and photos from the construction site, will be posted regularly on our website and on our social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £249,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £184,500 Building works Construction of facilities
      £52,500 Resources Provision of furniture, educational materials and equipment
      £12,000 Admin Project management

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous individual £50,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our work is located in the isolated and impoverished region of Kasigau in rural south-east Kenya. Our partner schools are located in village communities where the large majority of households live a subsistence existence, and as a result many children come from hugely disadvantaged backgrounds.


    This project will benefit the more than 500 children that the school currently serves, and many hundreds more for years to come.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 10 years’ experience operating in the field and to date have successfully upgraded seven primary schools, including having rebuilt two entirely from scratch. As a result, we have established an extensive knowledge and understanding of the community in which we work. Furthermore, we have built close working relationships with our partner schools and local stakeholders and have earned a reputation for successfully implementing a range of programme that deliver tangible change.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charles Coldman


    Denis Mwanyiro

    Project Manager

The facilities at Mkamenyi are very minimal

Nicholas Mutui, headteacher