- Kenya in June 2007
No-one with a conscience can take a holiday to Kenya and not feel compelled to do something to help. The cost of a cocktail in a hotel will save the life of a Kenyan. However Heike and Heinz Isbrecht, a German couple from Bremen, did more than most people. They realised that the village Diani near their hotel had no school facilities. Although schooling is compulsory in Kenya, and Kenyans take education very seriously, many children are unable to travel the long distances to school. So Heike and Heinz built a school, in Diani, in 2003. They did this with the help of the local religious leader Joshua. The school is a nursery for children aged 3-6. The children are able to attend other schools linked to the kindergarten when they leave. It employs one teacher and one cook and caters for 16 children. Heike and Heinz realise that hungry children can’t learn so the cook makes sure they get one good meal a day.
The school is supported by Heike and Heinz and their friends as well as other people who have visited. The school welcomes any donations but there are specific things that you can do. £10 per month will fund a child at the school including all their Educational needs, food and school uniform. This means that for a total outlay (over three years) you can give a child a good start at school for just £360. A teacher costs £80 per month. A new teacher means that the school can increase the number of children they look after as well as ensuring that the children get a better Education. £2,500 will build a new kitchen.
Barry and Jenny Raynes, an English couple from Bath were so impressed that they decided that their company; Reconstruct, www.reconstruct.co.uk should fund a second teacher. Agnes was employed in June 2007.
If you would like to find out more, to visit the school, or make a donation please contact Barry on
- Barry Raynes
- Jenny (right) with Joe are visiting the small Brian with his mother at their home in
- Joshua (left) with the new teacher
Agnes. In front Brain (left) and Georgian, which are also supported
by Jenny and Barry Raynes.