Kakamega


SHH.. Quiet in the Library!

 By Carly Munnelly and Charlotte Mackey, 2017 Project Workers at Holy Family Marukusi  On our first day at Holy Family Marukusi my project partner and I noticed the school was lacking one very vital element: a library. The existing ‘library’ was in fact a small cramped room containing textbooks piled haphazardly on desks. Attempting to locate the book you were looking for was difficult enough, not to mention the gymnast-style manoeuvres necessary to circumvent mountains of books […]

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Road, radio and research: thoughts from Kampala to Iganga

In central Kampala, a huge flyover is under construction. My driver, Sam, promises its completion will ease the congestion, but for today the rush hour traffic is crawling and I’ve got plenty of time to think. It feels like lots is changing here. Passing through immigration in less than thirty minutes felt like lightning pace, with an East African visa as my golden ticket. It’s designed to encourage tourism in the region, lasts three months, […]


Humans of EPAFrica 2017 – May 2017

Humans of EPAfrica April 2017 – Cambridge  This instalment of Humans of EPAfrica comes from Cambridge, with a group conversation with former PWs and committee members for EPAfrica, to understand their thoughts about the charity and its direction. The conversation has been split into three parts- · Their work before they went to Africa · Their time in Africa · What they learnt, and their current work with EPAfrica The group included both members of […]

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Humans of EPAfrica – March 2017

HoEPAfrica March 2017: Maciej Mańka & Emily Fox As a second instalment of Humans of EPAfrica, we interviewed two prospective project workers who are venturing out this summer to Kenya and Uganda. Maciej Mańka is a first year UCL student studying neuroscience, and Emily Fox is a first year studying Development Studies & Geography at SOAS. Both of them had never heard of EPAfrica before they came to university, so we decided to see what […]


Empowering Female Students

Hayden Banks and Bella Middleton We have relished the opportunities available to empower female students in our role as PWs. Uniquely assigned to an all-girls school, we have been made even more aware of the issues associated with gender inequality in East Africa than our peers at mixed schools. Indeed early on we observed high levels of absenteeism and after speaking to the principal (herself a great source of inspiration for the girls), it was […]

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Ematiha Water Project 2016

Rosie Bishop and Robbie Mallett One of the first things we noticed after arriving eight weeks ago at our school was that whenever the students needed water they would undertake the 20-minute round trip to the local borehole to fill twenty litre containers. This was mostly done by the girls who then carried the considerable weight over uneven ground back to the school. The school had two large water tanks on site, neither of which […]


Teaching and learning, can we influence what happens in the classroom, and should we?

‘Don’t teach, invest.’ – This was one of the slogans I remember when making the decision to apply to EPAfrica (KEP back then). The rationale makes sense: for us teaching is unsustainable and counterproductive. University students from the UK are simply not qualified to teach, especially in an alien education system where there is a surplus of more-able, qualified teachers. However the result of this alternate focus on resource investment  perhaps meant that we are […]

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Innovating Enjinja!

My name is Lydia Dean and I am a Project Worker with Caroline Zhu at Ejinja Mixed Day Secondary School. We received £170 from the ‘Innovation Central Pot’ for a computerised administration programme, and £370 from the ‘Water Central Pot’ for the installation of a 10,000L plastic water tank. I thought I would write about the admin programme, since this is something that has never been seen at an EPAfrica school before! In our assessment […]


Photo Tour of Kakamega!

EPAfrica Project Workers spend most of the summer living in rural areas where our schools are located. However, Project Managers and Coordinators are based in a town nearby, and Project Workers are free to come back here to buy supplies, rest, and meet up at the central house. Take a look through our photo tour of Kakamega Town, one of these central sites! Kakamega Town Centre Tour Africa, our favourite eating spot! Fantastic meals and delicious […]

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The EPAfrica Approach

Last weekend saw the Kakamega central house busy with project workers back for this year’s midsummer meeting. Besides an excuse to share cupfuls of chai and munch on mandazi, this gave us the perfect opportunity to reflect on the EPAfrica approach. What principles underpin our work and strategy? How do these manifest themselves on the ground in East Africa? What are the challenges we face as we try to realise our model, and how can […]