Kenya

The Kenya Project

Strathallan has made an enduring commitment to support a small number of carefully selected and important projects in Kenya. Through fundraising initiatives throughout the year we’re able to directly support our chosen projects with nothing lost to any administrator or intermediary.

Each year, a team of pupils and staff heads out to Nairobi to take part in a two-week summer holiday activities programme for the 600 primary school pupils of the Mashimoni Squatters Primary School.

The programme is funded by the generous donations of the Strathallan community and all of the participants who actually go to Kenya cover their own individual costs. Our ‘summer school’ guarantees that the Mashimoni children are seen and fed daily during a time that they would normally be on holiday.

We have also sponsored 40 pupils at Mashimoni Squatters Primary School for all their schooling (including uniform and food) for the entire academic year. Our immediate target is to keep these children in school. Our next objective is to help provide much needed photovoltaic power.

Tangible impact

We’ve recently paid for Kibera craftsmen to repair a shack and to build much needed furniture for a small Nursery Unit and Youth Drop-in Centre in Mashimoni. We’ve also helped three youngsters to set up chicken rearing projects.

The Connect Project and Outreach Project have allowed older orphans to be returned to and looked after in their own communities rather than living full time at the orphanage. It has also been responsible for allowing communities to support youngsters who would otherwise have become disconnected from their home community.

Through our funding of community micro-businesses, local income is being boosted and young people are being given opportunities to begin to support themselves.

We’ve also worked with Solia Maasai Girls Rescue Centre School. It’s an oasis of educational and personal development for around 120 girls from 7 – 18 years of age in a cultural environment where arranged marriages of very young girls and FGM are significant issues. The girls at the centre have aspirations to attend University and to become important leaders within their tribe and beyond.