This July, our family will be traveling to Kenya with The Village Experience to discover the island of Lamu, experience flavorful Swahili food, sail in a traditional dhow, learn about wildlife conservation, and most importantly, give back to the local community.
We are raising funds to assist four local schools around the island archipelago in Lamu. We will then be visiting these schools to meet the students and administrators, deliver supplies, and lend a hand to the projects we are sponsoring.
We would love your help in reaching our goal to accomplish the following:
Manda Maweni Primary School - this school is located on Manda Island and serves the children of the "stone cutters" community. These are typically children from Luo families who have migrated to Lamu for work in the stone quarries. There are over 150 children at this school. We will be providing 9 much needed educational teaching charts for the teachers - themes like geography, science, shapes, etc. We will take a boat with the family and visit this school to deliver and install these teaching charts.
Shamba la Shela School - this school is located at the back of Shela Village, where we will be staying. It is a montessori style school emphasizing creative thinking, environmental education, arts and crafts, and community involvement. There are 25 students here - 19 of which are on scholarship and attend completely free of charge. We will be providing 10 educational tablets for the youngest of the students to aid in their development and encourage learning after school. We will make a hike to the back of the village to visit the school and see the tablets in action.
Twashukuru Eco-School - this school in located beyond Lamu Town in one of the poorest neighborhoods on the island. The school serves close to 50 students and has a strong focus on the environment. Some of the key components of their environmental policy include building with recycled glass bottles, making a playground from a wooden dhow, and creating an organic garden. They also adhere to the montessori style of education and believe in letting kids create and use their imagination. We will be providing assistance to the construction of their new classroom for the Baby Class. We will board a boat and visit the village and see all of this goodness in person.
Mararani Nursery School - this school in located in the dunes of Shela in an extremely poor community. Most of the parents of these children struggle to make a few dollars a day washing clothes for local families or carrying construction supplies. With close to 30 students at the school, they are in need of the most basic of supplies - backpacks, crayons, notebooks, and shoes. We will be providing these basics for the young ones at the school. We will grab Kikapu's (baskets) and pick up trash as we walk to the community to assist in their community cleanup efforts.
We are incredibly excited about this opportunity for our family! We hope that you will consider a donation to our campaign so that we can assist these amazing, dedicated educators in providing the learning environment we all know is so essential to the development of children everywhere in the world. All donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you in advance for your support,