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Educating The Children

last modified Apr 26, 2016 11:49 AM

Educating The Children is a UK registered charity focusing on education, particularly of girls, in the Masai Mara region of Kenya. It was founded by Sonal Kadchha, who graduated from this department in 2004. She headed for the city rather than traditional chemical engineering and is currently Head of Bancassurance for Prudential Africa.

In 2008, Sonal visited the Sekenani Primary Boarding School for the first time with Sir Richard Branson. She noticed how overcrowded the classrooms were: what use were resources if there were no teachers around to teach the children? Following this, Sonal set up ETC Educating The Children with Sir Richard’s help.

In February 2015, they opened the first ever girls secondary school in the Masai Mara. 

See the ETC website for more information and watch Sonal's video:

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Organise a fundraiser

Secondary education in Kenya runs from Form 1 to 4 (i.e. over 4 years). Currently the school can only accommodate two cohorts (Form 1 & 2 – we currently have 67 students). We urgently need to build a dormitory (£30,000) to be able to accommodate another two cohorts.

Boarding accommodation is essential for two reasons:

1. Given the vastness of the Masai Mara and the lack of available transport, students would otherwise have to travel up to 4 hours to get to secondary school, facing the dangers of wild animals. Dehydration is very common under these conditions.

2. Boarding facilities act as a safe haven to protect students from rape, FGM and childhood marriages. They are essential to getting an uninterrupted education. We also currently do not have an adequate kitchen or dining facilities, which is becoming more essential as the number of students grows.

Volunteering

We are looking for one enthusiastic person to be our Project manager on the ground for a one year internship. ETC will cover the costs of travel, food and accommodation.

For further details on any of the above, please contact: educatingthechildren@gmail.com

 

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