On Mfangano Island we support various local community projects, including two local schools and a clinic.
At our local community primary school we have equipped classrooms with desks and blackboards, donated text and exercise books for the top two classes. We also provide logistical support and contractors to build classrooms and toilet facilities.
Due to our ongoing school project and the generous donations of our guests, our neighbouring village of Nyakweri now has a good primary school with over 300 pupils. In addition to 4 classrooms, our latest project, currently underway, is to introduce solar powered lighting and electricity to the school. This is a first of a kind project in the area and will allow students requiring extra tuition to do so at night without the expense currently incurred by their parents of fueling gas lights. Teachers will also be able to use radio and other multimedia tools in classes, broadening the perspective of this isolated community. This solar project has been funded by our clients and on behalf of the community we would like to thank them for their generous support.
In late 2010 funding was secured to build a government operated clinic in Nyakweri Village (the village closest to Mfangano Island Camp). The clinic is operated under the Government of Kenya and currently provides nursing and drug prescription to the community, who had not previously had access to medical care locally. This project was made possible by very generous support from our guests and on behalf of the community we would like to thank them.
TIPS school is a small community run school which provides affordable education for children aged 2yrs – 14yrs and helps to freely educate orphaned children. The school later developed a program for economically disadvantaged widows living near the school, to assist them with the start up of small scale businesses and upkeep of them.
One client of ours was so taken by this small community school that he decided to become its patron. On behalf of the community we would like to thank him for his very generous support. This has enabled us to initiate a feeding programme, which was started in October 2010 providing the children with a free lunch every day. We have distributed 100 school bags, thirty desks and uniforms to the pupils. A supply of books and syllabuses for the children and teachers as well as other teaching materials was secured. The turnaround in progress in the school has been astonishing and we hope to see it progress into a definitive success story in community development and co-operation.