Kawangware Primary School
Kawangware is one of the biggest slums in Nairobi, located 15 kilometers to the west of its center between Lavingston Estate and the district of Dagoreti. Approximately between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people are living there whereby about half of them are not older than 16 years. Most of the people are living under very poor conditions in huts constructed from metal sheets. Three days of the week they are provided by drinking water coming from Nairobi, which means that they have to use their water sparingly. Diseases like HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are very common due to the poor sanitation situation and no access to sewage system.
The school was founded in 2003 by Doris and James Munene, already serving the community through the church, as they realized the need to work out a poverty eradication plan to better the lives of the people. By taken into consideration that education is the key factor, they decided, with the help of the parish and local community, to start an education center which was the beginning of the Kawangware Primary School. With a tiny monthly amount of the pupil’s parents, some support from the government and well wisher’s gifts the school is able to provide the opportunity to pass the exams for the Kenyan Certification of Primary Education after the 8th class.
At the beginning the school was equipped with just simple means, such as curtains separating one class room from the other. Step after step this was replaced by plywood plates as well as chairs and tables were presented to the school to improve learning conditions. A provisional latrine could be built and further donations enabled the cooks to prepare food for the children in a small canteen.
Today the school has 6 staff members and 18 teachers giving lessons such as mathematics, social studies, science, Kiswahili, English and religious education six days of the week to children aged from 3 up to 17.
Papa Musili Safari Ltd. supports this project with 5 US Dollar per client to contribute to the ability of the school to reach their short- and long-term goal. The most urgent objective is to provide clean drinking water to the children and the community at large, construction of more classrooms for more space for those already enrolled and those who will in the future, a library, an administration block, a staff room, a kitchen, a well organized feeding program including breakfast and lunch, better latrines and a fence around the school.
Long-term objectives include the establishment of a secondary school, a vocational training center, a rehabilitation center and a special unit for the many very special cases the school handles, like the orphaned, abandoned and terminally ill children.