The Big Build, Kenya
The Walk Centre in Kenya was set up by Alex and Patricia Maina in 2005 to provide a free education to children living in extreme poverty on the town’s dumpsite.
Initially, the school taught English and maths to 60 children, and provided them with a free lunch. However, within 18 months, the school’s population had increased to 110 students.
In 2007, Alex and Patricia were given a bigger plot of land nearby where they could build more classrooms and enrol more children.
Two years later, African Adventures partnered with The Walk Centre. Volunteers travelled to Nakuru to help with the ongoing construction of the school, provide support with teaching, and help with the school’s extracurricular programmes.
The Walk Centre built more classrooms, new toilets, a kitchen, a staff room and even an IT suite over the years that followed. By 2015, The Walk Centre was providing two free meals a day and delivering a full nursery school curriculum to 230 children. By this time, it was even outperforming some local government schools.
The Big Build begins.
After graduating from The Walk Centre, students who could afford to go to primary school would enrol at the nearby government school, but the costs of items such as uniforms, desks and exam fees was prohibitive for many, meaning dozens of students dropped out of education at the age of eight.
In 2015, Chichester College, who has volunteered at The Walk Centre every year since 2012, said they wanted to help Alex and Patricia fulfil their dream of building a primary school that would enable them to offer all their nursery students a full – and completely free – primary education. If achieved, The Walk Centre could have 450 students enrolled.
We thought it was a fantastic idea, and worked with Chichester College to help raise the £82,000 required to build a 10-classroom, two-storey building opposite the nursery school classrooms.
Our approach to this challenge:
African Adventures and Chichester College worked together to raise the funds needed.
African Adventures and The Walk Centre managed the end-to-end construction project.
Chichester College travelled to Kenya to help complete the construction project.
Project plan agreed for the new building
Project launched, fundraising begins
Project is fully costed and drawings produced
50% of funds raised, building begins
Final fundraising and construction
Opening ceremony of the new school
"The construction of the new primary school has been amazing. It has helped us to fulfil our dreams of giving a free education to the kids on the dumping site. There is hope for young people here. We thank you so much, Chichester College and African Adventures."
Founder, The Walk Centre in Kenya
students now attend The Walk Centre in Kenya
free meals provided per month to students at The Walk Centre in Kenya
raised for the construction project