Manda Maweni is a small community of Luo Kenyans (from Western Kenya) living and working at the rock quarry on Manda Island in the Lamu Archiepelago. The work is hard and physical with minimal pay. Families live in traditional mud/straw huts, and if lucky, sometimes utilize rocks from the quarry. They struggle every day to make ends meet and provide for their families. The school arose out of a need to make sure the children of these families were getting an education. The school has expanded over the years to also include local inhabitants of Manda Island...making it a nice, diverse mix of backgrounds.
Currently there are approximately 150 students ranging from nursery school age to 8th grade. The administrator and teachers are amazing and dedicated to the education of their students. The students are eager to learn and often depend on the food/tea provided by the school for their nourishment for the day. Basic supplies, including essential textbooks, are often lacking. Schools in the West are used to each student having a set of textbooks for themselves...to reference throughout the day during classes and to study in the evenings and use to complete homework. Manda Maweni, on the other hand, is struggling to even get one set of textbooks per subject for the teacher in order to simply teach the lessons each day and provide a quality education to their students.
We are traveling to Kenya in July and will be visiting Manda Maweni Primary School to meet this community of outstanding students, teachers, and administrators. We will be bringing much needed teaching supplies, educational games, recreational equipment, and first aid kits. Most importantly, though, we hope to provide the school with much needed textbooks for each and every subject being taught. We are looking to raise $1500 to purchase these books in Kenya in accordance with the Department of Education requirements. We hope you will consider a tax-exempt donation to The Village Cooperative so we can make this goal a reality for the community in Manda Maweni. Each and every donation counts!