The Kenyan Child Foundation aims to bring Primary School Education to the Children of Kenya, with a particular focus on those most disadvantaged in the community.
Our first project is Saint Patrick’s Primary School, Machakos County. Located 150km south of Nairobi, this was where the story of the Kenyan Child was born. Our relationship with this province came about in the market town of Sultan Hamud, where we were initially involved on an outreach programme during summer 2014.
As a Foundation, we recognise that those in greatest need lack a basic primary education. Our aspiration is to improve access to elementary schooling for children in their own locality.
The Kenyan Child Foundation’s objective is to take action by fostering connections, working alongside the local people and fundraising for a new primary school, something which is now a reality.
St Patrick’s School
After an extensive fundraising campaign and thanks to the generosity of the Irish people, Saint Patrick’s Primary was built with four classrooms. This School is located in the townland of Kawese, constructed with the support of the local community.
St Patrick’s Primary is free for all children. The School offers an elementary education to an ethnically mixed community, from diverse tribal and religious backgrounds. St. Patrick’s Primary School has revitalised the locality and has succeeded in uniting the multi-cultural population, made up of the Masai and Akamba peoples.
A group of outreach volunteers visited the region during summer 2015, bringing teaching resources, educational toys and sports equipment with them for the new school.
In the future, the Kenyan Child Foundation plans to extend St Patrick’s primary school to accommodate over 200 students as well as opening other schools in the locality. The foundation also plans to improve healthcare provision and promote business opportunities for the Kawese community.
Facts About Kenya
- Population: 46.05 million
- Population living below $1.25/day: 43.37%
- Life expectancy: 61.72
- Economic growth rate 5.60% (2015)
- Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 73
- Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 360
- Literacy rate: 74.90%
- Females with at least some secondary education: 48.40%