Nazarine school construction project. (TUMIA PAMOJA)
The project was initiated by Suzie Geenen and was dedicated in raises money for Ujamaa primary school, a very poor primary school in Kibera slum. The school had about 100 students in 2010. Due to lack of space and lack of facilities, the school could not accommodate more pupils despite high number of vulnerable children living in the Kibera slum.
In 2010/2011 class four of the Antonius school in Alverna Netherlands collected 870 euros for Ujamaa School in Kibera. By this the school managed to buy three more class rooms, some exercise books and food.
Unfortunately the government decided to built a road on the location of the new school. Therefore Ujamaa, Ghetto Exposed and Ghetto Potential together searched for a sustainable solution to continue the project. In May 2013 all parties decided to continue the project together with another school: Nazarene primary school.
The school was initiated as a pre-school Centre in 1988, where parents could leave their children while going to look for work in the city Centre. Due to the rapid growth of the Kibera population owing to the rural to urban migration, the school gradually developed into primary school with only 4 rooms that were divided into eight classrooms. The school was for the first time enrolled for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE) in 2006 with only 16 children.
Nazarene school was already enrolled into the Feed the children program. However due to the lack of proper facilities Like a kitchen and a store the the initiative was threatened with withdrawal.
Suzie Geenen of Ghetto Exposed, presented the Tumia Pamoja project to ‘De Twaalf Apostelen’ parish in The Netherlands, together with Cordaid the project was selected it for the 2013-2014 support.
The expected results of the Tumia Pamoja project by the end of 2014:
-Eight furnished classroom built according to the Kenyan ministry of education standards
-Fully furnished headmasters offices and a staff room
-A bigger kitchen built to the standards of Kenyan schools feeding program
-A store and the accounts office
-Six toilets and an organized sewerage system
-Two water tanks. One can be used by the community living close to the school. Selling this water for a low price makes the school self- sufficient in refilling both tanks.
7. The project also aims at creating direct job opportunity to the Kibera residents. (Involve Kibera residents as employees in the project and thereby create job opportunities)
Investment by the Community
When the news came to the Kibera residents that Tumia Pamoja project was approved for 2013 -2014 support by ‘de Twaalf Apostelen’ Parish from the nertherlands, it was with great joy to the residents.This was donated by the Nazarene church members.