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    • 400 MILLION SCHOOL DAYS

      Are lost each year due to poor sanitation.

    • MILLIONS OF
      CHILDREN

      Are saved
      by routine
      hand-
      washing
      with soap.

    • 2.6 BILLION
      PEOPLE

      Lack
      access
      to basic
      sanitation
      worldwide.

    • TOILETS SAVE

      More lives than
      any other
      invention.

    • OUR WORK

      Aims to deliver proper sanitation to schools in Kenya, enhancing health and enabling education.

KENYA

Our Schools

The schools which we have adopted are located in Ol Joro Orok/Nyahururu, in Nyandarua District, Kenya.

Kenyan School Calendar

  • In School- September and October
  • On Break-November and December
  • In School- January, February, March and the first week of April
  • On Break- last 3 weeks of April
  • In School- May, June, July and the first week of August
  • On Break- last 3 weeks of August

This is a rural part of the country. They grow maize, corn, potatoes, peas  coffee and raise dairy cattle in the district.

Kenyan Education Facts

  • In Kenya there is no specialization implying that any primary school teacher can teach any subject in any grade.
  • In Kenya, there are six core subjects and 2 compositions which are: English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Christian Religious Education and English composition, Kiswahili composition. These subjects are tested at the end of year for one to graduate to the next Grade.

School Supplies

Textbooks:

The Government recommends a textbook-pupil ratio of 1:2. Currently some of our schools have a of ratio 1:4.

Once the text books are in the school, they are supposed to be properly covered and well maintained to last a minimum of 4 years.

Notebooks:

For student notebooks, the Government recommendations per year:

  • Grades: 1-5 = 16 books/student of 64pages.
  • Grades: 6-8 = 16 books/student of 120pages.
  • Each subject including the 2 compositions require 2 notebooks per year.

Desks:

  • Required desk-pupil ratio is 1:2 students.
  • Some of our adopted schools have a current ratio is 1:3 students.

How much things cost in Kenya

Kenyan currency is called the Kenyan Shilling (KSh or KES). To illustrate the value of the Shilling, if the current exchange rate is 1 KES = 0.012 CAD (data from April 2012):

A tray of 30 eggs will cost 500 KES in Kenya, the equivalent of $6.00 CAD (500 KES x 0.012 CAD/KED).

The cost of:

Everyday items ...

  • a litre of gas: Regular - 120.5 KES/L (1.45 CAD/L)
  • tray of 30 eggs: 500 KES (6.00 CAD)
  • a loaf of bread: 35 KES (0.42 CAD)
  • a music CD: 50 KES (0.60 CAD)
  • a pair of new running shoes: 4 000 KES (48.00 CAD)
  • a pair of kid’s jeans: New - 1,000 KES (12.00 CAD) , Used 500 KES (6.00 CAD)

School supplies...

One box 80 junior ruled notebooks  35.00 CAD
One box 80 senior ruled notebooks 45.00 CAD
One package 160 HB pencils 10.00 CAD
One package 160 erasers 20.00 CAD
One class set 40 Math. texts 170.00 CAD
One class set 40 English texts 170.00 CAD

Compliments of: John Kariuki - Head Teacher of Kanguo Primary School, Ol Joro Orok, Kenya