Schools for Kenya is a registered charity and was incorporated on the 6th June 2011.The charity raises funding for the construction and ongoing infrastructure support of primary and secondary schools for children in Kenya and who may not have access to education.
The current Trustees are: Lord Goddard of Stockport, John Halman, Jill Halman, Diana Stephenson, Peter Stephenson, Alwin Thompson and Shirley Thompson.
The charity currently focuses on the building and maintenance of a primary school in Ol Moti and a secondary school In Lenkisem, both schools being located close to the Amboseli National Park.
The building of our schools in Lenkisem and Ol Moti has resulted in the education of over 500 children. Without access to education our children would lead a life, from a young age, of tending cattle and goats. For the first time we are now seeing children graduating from our secondary school, aspiring to be doctors, nurses, vets, tourism managers and footballers! The Maasai tribal elders, parents, government officials and Ranch leaders (the land owners) are tremendously supportive and contribute significantly to the running of the schools, primarily through Boards of Management and PTA’s. Born Free also contribute to the successful running of the schools and run educational programmes not only in the Amboseli region but also throughout the wildlife parks throughout Kenya, as well as running successful conservation programmes.
Our partnership with Born Free Kenya ensures the successful running and development of our schools is possible.
An example of the conservation programmes they run is detailed below and is vital to the safety of our communities. These programmes run in parallel to the important education programmes they run.
Carnivore & Community Co-existance Programme
GOAL: To reduce conflict (loss of livestock and retaliatory killings of lions) and promote co-existence between humans and carnivores
ACTION: Construction of ‘Smart Bomas’, a cost-effective approach to protecting livestock from predation at night
Predator-proof bomas have been constructed across five different community-managed group ranch areas adjacent to Kenya’s famous Amboseli National Park. The process is based on a cost-sharing approach, whereby communities also contribute towards the cost of the materials needed for strengthening their traditional thorn enclosures (bomas) while also providing labour to help with construction. Demand is high and priority is given to individuals in the areas of highest predator conflict. To assist further, a natural thorn barrier can be planted outside and the old pre-existing thorns used to protect the boma fence from cattle damaging the boma from the inside.
Predator-proof bomas are a simple, cost-effective approach to protecting livestock from predation at night. Each consists of erecting a ring of strong poles, spaced three metres apart, around the thorn boma; then a two-metre high hexagonal steel wire mesh is put in place and finally doors are made from recycled oil drums.
Born Free manages a local team of technicians who are now expert at erecting bomas, and is led by a coordinating officer, Manoa David, Head of Conservation Programmes, based in Nairobi.
One lion proof boma can accommodate up to 800 cows and 400 sheep or goats and to date we estimate that at least 2,500 people and 32,500 livestock are now better protected as a result of this programme. This number is set to increase thanks to partnerships with Land Rover, African Wildlife Foundation and others. Boma construction is soon to be extended to West Kilimanjaro, adjacent to Amboseli, in Tanzania.