Local Partner: Kipkeino School
Local Partner Director: Mrs. Vimala Sebastian, Administrator
Area Served: Serving primary school-aged children from all over Kenya at the school located in Eldoret, Kenya.
Program Goal: To provide an exceptional education and educational opportunities to Kenyan children.
Program Services Provided: Full service primary school facility offering boarding facilities, extracurricular activities, physical education, Vo-tech and agricultural opportunities and nursery school services for the Lewa Children’s Home pre-school age children.
Number of Program Beneficiaries: 360 total students, including 31 children from the Lewa Children’s Home. There are 37 children in the nursery section of the school, 25 of which are from Lewa.
Current Needs: Funding to construct a secondary school to provide higher level education opportunities for children from the Lewa Children’s Home, as well as for children in surrounding communities. A secondary school would also provide Kipkeino students with the opportunity to continue their education beyond Kipkeino’s walls and well into high school, a truly remarkable opportunity for Kenyan children!
The Kipkeino Primary School is the culmination of a lifelong dream for Phyllis Keino. Since January 1999, the school has provided a quality primary school education to hundreds of students from the Eldoret highlands in western Kenya. In December 2005, the school ranked #1 in the District out of 400 primary schools for the Kenya Certificate of Education Exam for Grade 8 students. All Kipkeino School students who sat for the exam passed and were called to placements in secondary school.
The Kipkeino School is providing a quality education and first class-facilities to the orphans from the Lewa Children’s Home and many other deserving children. More than just a top-notch education, the school provides employment to 20 teachers and 31 non-teaching staff from the local region, contributing to the local economy. Bread and Water for Africa® has provided critical funds for school construction and for supplemental equipment, supplies and materials such as computers, library books and musical instruments.
In 2010, Bread and Water for Africa® provided the funding, thanks to the generosity of our kind supporters, for the installation and set-up of 17 network computers at the school. These computers boast potential for many educational projects and for the expansion of the students’ worldview. Check back in the fall to see what the upcoming school year has in store for the Kipkeino students!
Today, the Kipkeino School is one of the best primary schools in the country and more than half of their students join prestigious national schools while the rest that can go on to secondary school join country schools and well performing private schools.