Schools for Kenya
Schools for Kenya is a Registered Charity that raises funding for the construction of new primary and secondary schools for the neediest children in Kenya.
We target communities living in wildlife corridors where human-wildlife conflict occurs; and where the ‘need’ is often not met through inaccessibility and lack of proximity to better off urban locations.
Schools for Kenya originated by working in association with the wildlife conservation charity, The Born Free Foundation, and has since evolved into an autonomous organisation delivering health, wealth and educational solutions to deprived communities in Kenya. Schools for Kenya continues to work alongside Born Free by providing vital support to the Foundation’s Global Friends schools in important wildlife areas.
Making a difference
The work completed so far has made a real difference. and our combined efforts resulted in a twofold gain. With a venue to learn and be educated the future doesn’t look so bleak.
Our beneficiaries – the children – will be able to earn a living in such sectors as the tourism industry or in safari parks, or become teachers or doctors. This gives the children a real chance of ultimately surviving in the real world, rather than resorting to poaching to survive. In turn, this assists to preserve Kenya’s most lucrative asset, its wildlife – hence the adoption of the elephant as our logo.
You will see the happiness and joy on the faces of the children who are fortunate to be at school receiving an education and hope for their future thanks to the efforts of Schools for Kenya. This is such a contrast to the expressions of longing and despair on the faces of the children who do not have this opportunity available to them.
Since 2003, Kenyan children have been entitled to eight years of state funded primary education. But not all of them are lucky enough to receive this entitlement. Many children live in poor or remote areas where schools are simply not accessible so they are more often to be found in the bush tending their family’s livestock rather than in school being educated.
Even if the children are lucky enough to receive the primary education to which they are entitled, without the secondary schools, education ceases. So we are working to improve their prospects by building more accessible schools.
They deserve nothing less…