From renting a venue for our first school since 2008, are now in our very own school on our own land.
We began in 2008 with a rented little house on the edge of Kapembwa, a slum area of over 200,000 persons in the most destitute conditions. The purpose of the school or learning centres, was to teach women to sew, become dressmakers, so that they would have a tool of trade to be able to afford their own children to school. With a small garage at the side of the house, we began our first preprimary school, beginning with 20 children. These children like the women who came to learn were illiterate, with no hope of ever having an education.
In 2013 after countless fundraising activities and donations received, combined with a lot of commitment and hard work we built our own school on our own land. Alongside our school, an orphanage and volunteer home stay. We could have built with mud bricks and galvanised iron roof, but we decided to build a centre that will remain for years to come, to give our children who live without hope, a centre with strong foundations with a presence of strength, stability and peace. A refuge, a centre of learning, a home away from home.
Construction of our centre completed January 8, 2014. Doors and windows are painted in bright welcoming colours and our orphanage opened July 2014, giving 50 children a safe refuge and a family environment.
A volunteer home stay opened in February 2014, where we welcome those who also wish to make a difference, from all over the world.
2017 we opened our second Home for boys wich is located on our Farm, just 20 mins from School and a half way home for our older boys of 18 who have not completed University.
In 2019 we finished all our classrooms and now teach up to Grade 8 and some of our children who started their education with us are now going to High School and University.
BWe are thankful to Perth Architect, Tony Casella who when asked if he could design our school, did not hesitate to offer his services and time. Safety is an important issue within the slums of Kaptembwa, and it was paramount that this issue was included in the brief. Tony saw the need for safety, for a centre that interacted with the grounds and those who would be given an education within. I was delighted to receive the drawings completed which included all our needs, this is when I really began to see our dream become reality. NAKURU HOPE thanks Tony for volunteering to put our vision onto paper.
Our contract with the Building Fundi was signed May 16th 2013 and now we are open. Since 2013 we have grown from 30 children to 300. Added a girls orphanage with in the school boundary walls, and a boys orphanage on our farm. Added a hall for all our children to gather as one.
Come on the journey with us to make our school the beginning of so many lives, plus giving a home to our orphans.