The Moindabi community is located in a valley at an elevation of 6000ft around 100kms to the north west of Nairobi, Kenya. Home to around 1000 families – typically comprised of 10 or more members living in a 2 room tin shack – support comes from an acre or so of cropped land and a handful of animals. With at least half the population of the area being children, it’s clear that any possibility for forward momentum in this agricultural region will depend on two things – education and water.
Over the last 5 years, the Moindabi valley has experienced a significant climate shift. Reoccurring drought patterns in recent years have seen crops fail and the community suffer drastically as a result. While a bore supplied by NGO World Vision has thankfully allowed locals to tap into a well-surveyed aquifer underneath the valley, the supply method doesn’t allow for any mass gravity distribution or irrigation system. For many children this means time that could be spent in school is instead needed for fetching and carrying water.
be* has partnered with the community in a two phase project involving construction of a reservoir allowing mass storage of bore-water and a valley-wide reticulation system that will allow for micro-irrigation and provide sustainable economic benefits through the sale of grown produce.
Total Cost of Project $264,000 NZD
Project Status: Complete
Moindabi Project Breakdown
The water project has been a community effort and now each family has their own water tap!
With a well established, government registered school in the valley, the community is attuned to the importance of education in seeing future generations grow, learn and develop the opportunities around them. As with most schools in this area however, Moindabi is restricted by the challenges of poor facilities, and high teacher turn-over due to low pay, no accommodation and challenging teaching conditions. Teachers often walk several hours every day just to get to their classroom.
The education project in Moindabi is a 200k project building classrooms and teacher accommodation, helping the school to attract better teaching talent as well as increasing capacity allowing a secondary school programme to grow and providing much needed improvements to the learning environment for the children of the valley.
Total Cost of Project $200,000 NZD
Project Status: Current
Education Project, Moindabi
In Nairobi lies the Kibera slum, home to over a million people and a metropolis as filthy and corrupt as it is thriving.
New Adventure School
Within its endless warren of mud shacks and polluted streets of Kibera,New Adventure School provides over 400 children with primary school education and at least one much-needed meal each day.
New Adventure School initially consisting of one hall with teachers struggling to conduct five classes within this space. Since partnering with be* has assisted New Adventure School in relocating to a more appropriate site, where it now has twelve classrooms, a cookhouse, toilets and a play area. be* also provided support to rebuild when a devastating fire which ravaged a significant portion of the slum unfortunately damaged a section of the school.
The school is now fully restored and be* has completed our work with this projects. Other donors have come on board to look after the ongoing needs of the school.
Total Cost of Project $80,000 NZD
Project Status: Complete
New Adventure School Project, Kibera
New Pride School
be* has now partnered with a further school in Kibera called New Pride School. be* are in the initial stages of planning and costing for a new facility for the school, with a current enrolment of 150 primary aged children. be* is investigating the purchase of land and construction for the school.
New Pride School buildings were demolished to make way for a road. We urgently need to raise $30,000 to purchase land and build them a safe classroom.