Kenya – Mwangaza (2011/2012)

To date, the Murphy Project has succuessfuly raised funds to build two schools in the community of Mwangaza, Kenya.

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This community of Kipsigis is comprised of over 2650 villagers, including approximately 400 school-age children. The Kipsigis are a pastoralist tribal group that originated in Sudan and moved into the Kenyan region in the 18th century.

A 2010 assessment revealed that this community is most defined in need of increased educational infrastructure. This study found that 80% of men, and 90% of women in the community were illiterate. The factors that have historically contribute to this lack of education include the distances required to travel for school, low household income limiting the ability to meet school fees, an extreme shortage of learning spaces, early marriage, poor health conditions, and of course hunger and malnutrition.

As previously mentioned, this lack of educational infrastructure is impacting the community’s ability to send their children to school. In fact, as of 2010, only 134 of the 400 school-aged children in the community attended school. This was due to the fact that the current school, and teachers, only had the capacity to educate those from Nursery school age to grade three. In short, this community lacked, and currently lacks, the ability to provide a full primary education to their children.

The funds raised in The Murphy Project have been allocated to the construction of two one-room school buildings, desks and some basic learning resources. This will assist in the development of educational programming and drastically improve the teachers’ ability to effectively teach their classes. Once constructed the Kenyan government has committed to hiring, training and paying for a teacher for each one-room school building we construct. After visiting previous Building Walls of Wisdom projects in Kenya in March 2011 and seeing the holistic development model in action we are confident that supporting this project will impact this community for generations.