SITUATED OPPOSITE THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK AND SITUATED ONLY A FEW KILOMETRES FROM THE LARGEST SLUM IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, INVOLVEMENT IN CHARITY AND COMMUNITY WORK IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION.
The children make brief presentations on charities in our community, after which the whole school votes for the one they want to support. This process gives the children a feeling of ownership over the charities selected and an enthusiasm to become actively involved. It also means that as a school, we can focus our fund-raising and support on one or two charities in order to really make a difference.
The school has a Charity Committee which meets regularly to discuss how we can best support our community and think of events and initiatives to help these local charities. This helps to facilitate a more hands-on experience for the children. Special speakers, community events and all the logistics are overseen by the committee. However, the children take a very active role in the organisation of charity events and their ideas are hugely valuable.
Each year, there are two House Charity events, organised by the different Houses. These fund-raising days vary from carnival style stalls and activities, to a range of different sponsored events. We also run a Christmas Box project each year to collect Christmas presents for the different charities we are involved with. The children enthusiastically get involved, providing hundreds of Christmas presents which they deliver to less fortunate children.
Our international school has been involved with a community project called Kibera Mpira Mtaani (KIMMTA) for many years. We have seen the centre grow from a small unit that catered for just a few children after school hours, to a safe haven with three purpose built classrooms, providing support for over 400 children in Kibera. Over the years we have
- Provided KIMMTA with significant financial support in order to invest in resources that have allowed them to become more sustainable.
- Built strong relationships between the children at KIMMTA and our own Banda pupils hosting sports mornings and other social activities.
We have recently introduced an Enterprise Project, which all Year 8 pupils participate in after finishing the British education system Common Entrance Exams. The children raise money through all manner of innovative methods, to support a charity of their choice. This is designed to get them thinking more about the needs of the community, introduce them to the concept of entrepreneurship and develop some basic business skills.
You cannot shut your eyes to the many and varied needs within Kenya, and we realise how important it is to equip these children with the skills and vision required to feel that they can make a difference and be a positive part of their local community.