The Kenyan School Project is a small non-profit organization working to improve the lives of children in Kenya by promoting better educational opportunities and health. We take on one small project at a time.
UPDATE on KSP’s Newest project: The Olemoncho primary school which serves K – 8 students, is a government school, located in a rural area of the Masai - Mara. The school has many needs – classrooms, desks, a kitchen and more but the schools biggest need is fencing around the school compound to protect students from wild animals . During the day and at night, lions and elephants wander through the sc hool grounds and encounters with elephants are particularly dangerous. The exciting benefit of the fencing project is that it will protect the students from wild animals, especially elephants while at the same time, protecting the elephants from human inte raction and possible death. Fencing will additionally add security to the school and allow trees to be planted in the school yard to eventually provide shade for the buildings and students. If the trees are planted without fencing, the elephants will com e and pull all the trees up and eat them (Lopez folks can think of the elephants as rabbits only much, much bigger). The fencing project is an important investment with large benefits. At a price tag of $7,878 U.S. dollars we can make a big difference in the lives of the children at Olemoncho and protect elephants. It is a win – win for people and wildlife.
See March 2018 Newsletter for details.
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As part of the Kitchen project, KSP purchased a Jiko cooker to make food for the noon meal. The School meal program is a direct result of the Kitchen Project and has greatly improved the lives of the children at the school. According to school officials the Burguret School is highly respected in the area, in large part due to the food program and water projects funded by KSP. School enrollment has increased and children are doing better in school as a result of the Meal program. For many of the children, this is their main meal of the day.
KSP funded the purchase of 4 water tanks, gutters, piping and a water collection and wash station. Much of the water is used to grow food for the school gardens. Food grown in the school gardens is used in the school meal program. The water is providing improved hygiene and students no longer have to carry water to school (average distance of 1 mile) as there is now water for washing and cleaning.
KSP has donated books to the school through the Book Program to bring culturally appropriate books to the school library and classrooms. These books are in Swahili and English and provide much needed culturally appropriate content. The books are actual text books purchased in Nairobi by KSP Board member, Ann Goss, when she visited Burguret in March of 2015.
In 2014 KSP projects were put on hold for a year due to our Director's life threatening medical issue. She is now recovered and things are going well and we are back on track.