Our Sponsored Children, and the Kenya Project.

The 2006 Project - Stage 2

We started in a "small" way by buying a water tank for the school in 2003. Next we paid for resources, materials and school improvements in 2004. Then in 2005 we paid for and built a whole new infant school at Dago Kokore.

In 2006 we have already paid for all of the school fees for all of the infant children to attend the new school.

This is for Kenya's future. Kenya's biggest asset is its people, who are extremely warm, friendly and humble. In relation to us they are very poor indeed, but they are rich in so many other ways, and have great potential.

How fortunate are we?

Here we are, enjoying the benefits of comfortable homes, good food, and luxuries such as computers and the internet, and not the least, good education for our children.

We think nothing about spending £14.00 on a CD of an old book, and here at Archive CD Books I am prepared to buy expensive equipment, and old books costing many hundreds of pounds.

Not everyone in the world is so fortunate. We've all seen examples on the television, and at times, it brings a lump to our throats and tears to our eyes.

What happens there in third world countries when the TV crews have gone home, and we get on with our lives?

Those people we have seen stay there, and get on with their lives too.

A small donation can make a huge difference, especially if that donation is made direct and not soaked up by administrative costs. That's what the Archive CD Books Supporters have been doing.


That is the special CD that is going to help buy more resources for the school. Buy it for just £10.00 instead of the usual price of £35.00 - and its a gem for your collection!

100% of your £10.00 will go direct to the project. And Archive CD Books makes the CD for free too.

100% of any donation made will go direct to the school. No administration money is taken out of it.



Last year, when Gay and I went to Kenya to open the new infant school, we identified lots of other areas where help was needed in the school. (It wasn't difficult to identify them!)

Some things that we have identified:

  • More books and resources for both the infant and primary schools.
  • Plastering and painting internally and externally for the primary school (About £375)
  • Make a roadway and footpaths with stone chippings from the school gate to all of the class rooms (About £450)
  • Furniture for the staff room
  • Soft pin boards for all class rooms
  • Electricity supply to the school
  • Furniture (tables and chairs) for the primary school.

    All the classrooms in the main primary school have furniture like this.

We would like to see the children at Dago Kokore School succeed! Essentially there are four things which make up a school:

  1. Children
  2. Buildings
  3. Learning materials
  4. Teaching staff

Let's get one thing out of the way first. These are bright children who want to learn. They want to attend school and they want to succeed. (They have a very different attitude towards school than many in the western world!). But there are so many factors stacked up against them. It is those factors that we are trying to address. We want to improve the school buildings, and were necessary build new ones if we can; we want to provide money for learning materials and resources; and we want to help the teachers become more effective. One of my dreams is to get a British advisory teacher to spend a couple of months there. I'm not yet sure how we could manage that, but who knows?

The primary school as it was in 2003. Note: no doors or windows!
One teacher visiting from England in 2002 said "the school looks like a long cow shed at the end of a field". He really though that's what it was!

And below... in 2005
With rendered walls, real windows and doors, and even flower beds!

The aim for 2006

To start to help get the school performing better, and to help achieve much better final examination results for the 14 year olds who leave school in December.


PS. Gay and I will be going to visit the school again in February 2006
Let's take lots of money with us!

Visit Schedule - February 2006