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Swanland School Update

The photo here of the new Swanland School suggests the surroundings are very pleasant, with nearby greenery and an avocado tree in the courtyard. True, it is a marked improvement on the previous site which regularly flooded during heavy rains. However, the school sits within the Ngando slum a few miles from the centre of Nairobi. The living conditions for the children in this neighbourhood are very basic and their family situations are extremely challenging. Giving them the education and support is the best chance they will have to make the most of their lives.

The children and staff love their new surroundings, but there are still some improvements to be made which have been highlighted following recent government inspections. If you are able to donate and help us finish off the works it would make a huge difference.   

 

Esther’s School Update

The school (of over 500 children!) is now split over two sites to allow more space for the older students at the main school. The new pre-school building is a few minutes away and provides a smaller, safer environment for the youngest children. The next improvement is to provide a kitchen at the pre-school to avoid them having to transport the cooked food between the sites in the back of a car, this will cost around £10k. The main school also received a recent government inspection and as a result Esther needs to construct additional toilets to meet regulations.

We are impressed by the quality of all that Esther and her husband Daniel turn their hand to and it’s a pleasure to support them. The school itself has gained an excellent reputation and their KCPE results were some of the highest in the region.

 

KCPE Exam Candidates

Between the two schools, a total of 37 students in Class 8 sat these national exams. We’ve just heard the results… and they have all done fantastically well! We expect they will all qualify for High School places. Many of our supporters have previously contributed to our bursary fund which enables the students to make that important next step and this money provides all the initial provisions they need. This is the final chapter in our support for these students, many of whom we have been supporting from a very young age.

We know from experience that the gift of care and education can give them a new hope in life. It’s encouraging to see another year’s cohort stepping out to make the most of their opportunity – many of whom would have had very little similar opportunity if it were not for your support. On behalf of them all I’d like to express a big Thank you!

 

Office posted the article on Tuesday, 12th March 2024 at 7:41pm
Article updated on tuesday, 12th march 2024 at 7:51pm

Swanland Education Africa Trust is a UK Registered Charity, No.1140208.