2019 Summer Team Recruitment

Last year the Summer Team has piloted Solar Energy installations, Girl Friendly Toilet schemes, IT conferences and menstrual cups. As our model evolves, the need for a strong and dedicated Summer Team is paramount. We have recruited a fantastic bunch of PWs and they can't wait to get to know who will be their leaders and support over the summer. Will it be you?


Technology for Learning Crowdfunding

We are participating in Global Giving's Little By Little campaign. Until Saturday, new recurring donations will be DOUBLED and one-off donations matched 60%, while funds last. Electricity, the internet, projectors and smartphones have created new and exciting opportunities to improve learning, but students in rural schools in Kenya and Uganda are left behind due to limited facilities, resources and training.



“Girl Friendly Toilets”… a bog standard investment!

This summer in Mbarara, Uganda, I had the privilege of being the second half Project Manager. This role entailed quite a lot of running around town to sort out logistics for next year’s summer, as well as squeezing in those final few school visits we had planned. Hectic as it was, I knew it was coming. I’d even pre-planned a to-do list for it all. But something slightly unexpected for the Summer Team was a new pilot investment scheme to come our way. Something very girly indeed.


Solar Energy: A sunny solution to boarding school blackouts

Anyone who has spent any time in Kenya knows that power cuts are frequent and disruptive. The effects of  these outages are particularly dire in boarding schools, where students are plunged into darkness every time there is a power cut, severely inhibiting their ability to revise or do their homework outside of daylight hours (7am to 7pm). The cuts are unpredictable and can last several hours or even days.



Emanyinya Library: An Online Harambe

Emanyinya secured funding for a new library from the Kenya government's Total Transition from Primary to Secondary School program, but the money did not stretch to furnishing the library. We created this microproject earlier in 2018 to enable Emanyinya's international friends to support the school with furnishing the library with modern shelving units.




Organisation is Key

The issue faced by St Mary’s was not predominantly a lack of resources (although, of course, both the library and laboratory are still in need of more resources), but rather an inefficient use of what the school already had at its disposal. Through the use of shelving over boxes for storage, resources are now stored in the open rather than out of sight. This facilitates easier access to resources and students can make more of what their school has to offer them.




Is it truly the ‘Death of the Boy Child’ ?

Prior to arriving in Kenya my understanding of gender within Kenyan society was simplistic to say the least; having viewed Kenya as a country still under development, I presumed that gender parity would be a distant reality and that women in the country would face an uphill battle in achieving gender equality. This impression was only compounded by some of the advice I came across before traveling, advising girls to cover their shoulders and recommending they wear skirts instead of trousers.