Project information

Namboani Girls' Secondary School

Namboani is a poor community near Kimilili in W.Province, Kenya. Many children are classified as orphans. The girls have lost access to their local secondary school as it has become boys only. The parents are desperate for a secondary school for their daughters and have land. They need help to build

October 2011 - October 2013

Charity information

The Kimilili Trust

The Kimilili Trust
  • Need


    The parents can make bricks and fell trees. They can work but they have no money to buy cement, window and door frames and roofing materials. The Kimilili Trust has trusted people in the area to oversee the purchase of materials and ensure the building is up to standard. The primary school and nursery schools have been built in this way. A secondary school is too big a project for the Trust on its own.


    The girls will have a secondary school. Research into development shows that community enrichment and female education go along together. At the moment the girls are held at primary level and have no access to jobs, no access to ideas, higher or further education, no status and no self-worth.

    Goverrnment officers have met trustees and assured them that once the school is built the government will accredit it and the on-going costs will thus be funded. They see the need and will meet it.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide secondary education for the girls of the Namboani community


    » To work with the parents providing them with the necessary funds to purchase materials and oversee this with trusted people in the area.

    Success will be when there is four years of secondary education in Namboani and the school is funded by the government.

  • Impact


    The girls will have access to secondary education. Some will move onto further and higher education. They will achieve equality of status with the boys and be able to make a contribution to the development of their community commensurate with their abilities.

    If the pattern of development follows the normal patterns - and there is nothing to indicate otherwise - then the health and wealth of this, the poorest area of the Kimilili district, will improve.


    The biggest risk is that the government will not take on the funding of the school. However the school has been in existence now for two years in effect under the joint sponsorship of The Kimilili Trust and the Catholic church. Teachers ahve been employed and paid, books and materials bought and the welfare needs of the pupils met. If the government did not take on the funding then this could continue.


    Visits will be made on a regular basis by trustees who will communicate by letter to all regular donors. The web-site will contain reports.

    External donors may have their own requirements and if donations are accepted then these will be met.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £105,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 proj 1 4 classrooms
      £34,000 proj 2 library, lab. & admin
      £10,000 proj 3 4 classrooms
      £23,750 proj 4 art, craft, dormitory
      £6,000 1 contribution by parent body
      £21,250 2-4 in work, bricks & timber

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Parent Body £27,250 Conditional
    The Kimilili Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The community of Namboani lies about 14 km from Kimilili which is itself in Western Province, Kenya.


    The people of Namboani are estimated by the local development committee to be the poorest community in the Kimilili district. They are nearly all subsistence farmers relying on the rains to eat. Adult literacy is fairly high in Kenya generally but is low in this area - approximately 70% of the adult population is illiterate.

    The girls of the area have lost access to secondary education. The deputy mayor of Kimilili, unusually a woman, asked The Kimilili Trust for help.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we have a track record of working with this community and can show success. In recognition of this the local people honoured the chairman in 2008 with the title "tribal elder"

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rev Fr Peter Makokha

    Fr Peter is the Catholic parish priest of Kimilili. Whent he school is running he will be the representative of the sponsors on the governing body.

    Mr John Gribben

    Chairman of The Kimilili Trust and regular visitor to the Kimilili area.

    Mrs Jan Gribben

    Trustee and regular visitor to the Kimilili area