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Spring 2022 Newsletter

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Swanland School Update

Swanland School continues to be a beacon of hope in the deprived neighbourhood of N’gando, just outside the centre of Nairobi. Despite receiving many applications from more affluent (relatively speaking!) families, the school has continued with its vision of serving the poorest in this local community, and not just caring for, but delivering a great rounded curriculum to these children. Many come from broken homes with very challenging living conditions. They are so grateful for the opportunity that Swanland School brings, and it is a joy to see so many progress and achieve great things through their hard work and commitment!

The staff and leadership team are the heart of the school and give so much of themselves, with Flouridah and her team often going above and beyond to look out for all their needs. It really is a labour of love and we are pleased to play our part in supporting them in their work

 

Esther’s School Update

Esther’s school continues to go from strength to strength, thanks mainly to the dynamic leadership of Esther and her husband Daniel. Last year many of you gave generously to their building project for a new kitchen at the pre-school. I am pleased to report that this is now completed. With your support Esther is now able to provide hot meals to both school sites!

Even through this disruptive year, the exam classes all performed well above the regional standard and it has been exciting to see the potential fulfilled in so many bright young minds, despite their challenging home and community situations. Both schools follow the national curriculum and have also created a new vegetable garden to help teach the children about wider life skills such as crop cultivation and cooking.

 

Monitoring Visit

Despite the challenges that a pandemic has brought, both schools have continued to be open and provide care and continued education to the children of these communities. Much like here, the school years have been disrupted, but the graduating classes were all able to progress to High Schools.

Of course, we haven’t been able to visit these last two years but, thanks to some good local connections, we were able to arrange a professional monitoring visit to each school. We have their reports which are hugely encouraging and reassuring, not just to us as Trustees, but also I’m sure to you as donors, to know that the funds are all being effectively used to deliver our core aims of care, education and hope.

Office posted the article on Tuesday, 12th March 2024 at 7:59pm

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