KENYA – Improvement of the educational centre in Kithunthi

Feasibility study (Phase 0) and construction of a school in the municipality of Kithunthi (Phase 1)

Year and location

2018 – ongoing. Kithunthi, Kenya

ATSF Commission

Raúl Heras

Counterpart

Africa Wendano Wa Barcelona

Description

The intervention is planned for the municipality of Kithunthi in Kenya. It is located about 60 km west of the country’s capital, Nairobi. The roads are unpaved dirt-tracks, dusty in the dry season and muddy and impracticable in the rainy season. Kithunthi is a small group of buildings which accommodates 3200 people.

To develop the proposal, our association has carried out a phase 0 of the intervention, agreeing with all the parties on the priorities, and verifying the needs and the feasibility of the intervention that is proposed.

We believe that, at this time, the construction of a school for 250 boys and girls is the best way to maintain the hope of the new generations, giving the possibility of progress to many families, by generating a building that will be the nexus and meeting point of all society, and will also become the first point with access to new technologies.

Objectives

The main objective is to improve the life expectancy of the region, providing basic equipment such as a school, which will improve the municipality’s educational quality. In addition, it will also guarantee food and hygiene for all children in the area.

Beneficiaries

The main beneficiaries are the 250 children attending school, as well as their families and teachers.
As the centre is intended to be a meeting place for society, the inhabitants of the region will also be benefitted.

Context

Kithunthi’s school is located in a very economically depressed rural area, with few, if any, alternatives to work, and a very high child population. Overall, the country’s GDP is focused on 63% tourism and 14% industry. The area does not have the infrastructure or conditions, in the short-mid term, to support itself in these sectors, depending entirely on agriculture, which is also underdeveloped. Thus, the vast majority of the population does not have the necessary minimum income, neither does housing in minimum conditions nor projections of future growth.

Thereby, the main demographic group, which includes minors, does not have a dignified present, poverty-stricken. These minors do not have access to an education with minimum security conditions, since the building where primary education is provided to a group of 250 children does not meet the minimum structural requirements. In rural Kenya, school hours are extensive and students eat at school, each bringing their own food. In times of poor harvests, some children go to school without eating anything. Occasionally, the government gives some food in schools that only last a few months.

The school is the only one in the region, built and founded in 1968 as a public and mixed primary school. Its pupils range from 4 to 14 years of age, within the Kenyan Nursery II and Standard levels, with two pre-school and eight primary education courses.