Nakhosi school Project
The first thing that immediately catches the eye in Kenya, besides the low standard of living, is the level of education. In our opinion, this is the reason for most of the country’s social and economic problems. We were told that this is due to the fact that the Kenyans do not want change, which means that change is impossible here. We, however, saw something else. Kenyans are very open to change and want it, but they do not have even the minimal information on how to arrive to these changes. And this is the lack of education. Education provides a person with different perspectives and options as well as opens the door to opportunities in life. In addition, education develops intelligence and helps the person approach life consciously and take responsibility for it..
The Sabot tribe territory has a huge number of children and young people but there is not a single school! For centuries, no one knows how to read or write. The nearest school is within a 6.5 miles radius. There is no public transportation. The way to school and back home is through corn fields– where children are repeatedly subject to physical and sexual violence–so for safety, many parents refuse to let their children walk such a distance for schooling. Nahosi is the territory of the Sabot tribe.
We began to pray about it and realized that we are here not by accident. The presence of a school in Nakhosi can change this locality and the fate of the people in just a few years.
It should be noticed that, in Kenya, public education is not free. The annual cost to educate one child is $ 800-900. The average wage in the city is $60; in villages and in settlements it’s definitely even less. On top of that, every first-grader is required to supply their own desk, chair, school uniform, and all the school supplies. The reality is that most families have many children, and with such low incomes, only one child (maybe two children) from the family can study.
We are planning a project: “sponsor a child.” This gives opportunity for someone from the civilized world to undertake the child’s school fees and become a practical sponsor of their education. The local administration has given us permission to build a school and they have agreed to provide electricity there.
We found a lot of 7 acres for the construction of the school. Under the Kenyan law, any school should be located on a site of at least 2 acres. It is necessary to have a dining hall, a water well, and a football field. We have planned to build 3 schools on that lot. It will be an educational center for children and adults with a complete cycle of training. In doing so, it will be possible to use both the land and the resources of teachers as efficiently as possible. The market value of land is approximately $10,000 per acre. We already have verbal arrangements for the sale of the land at $8,000 – $8,500 per acre.