Partnerships


Solar Energy: A sunny solution to boarding school blackouts

Context 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. Electricity bills in the secondary schools […]


Organisation is Key – by Eddy Sidebotham

In my day-to-day life, I would say that I am fairly organised and tidy (my family might disagree with the latter point, given the chaotic state of my bedroom at times…). It has only been through my work as a Project Worker in St Mary’s Mukhuma Secondary School, however, that I have realised the true value of tidiness and organisation. Upon our arrival at school, it quickly became clear that St Mary’s faced great challenges […]


Life in Kakamega – by Jennifer Zhang

Landing in Kenya with my enthusiasm and passion, I have been experiencing all kinds of different things in this unique country for the past month. I got to encounter different people and come across cultural specific moments in central house, schools and downtown, exploring the small county Kakamega as a college student from China. Jackie Chan and Ching Chong Chan Being Chinese in Kenya makes up loads of special moments of the experience. For example, […]


Project Workers reflect: summer 2017, was it worth it?

Written by Harry Rawcliffe, Richard Ware and Ali Tonks. Project Workers in St John’s, 2017. Being a Project Worker for EPAfrica can seem pretty daunting. Raising over £2,000 (to invest in your school and cover expenses) is no small commitment; spending 10 weeks living and working in East Africa is quite a lot more. It’s safe to say that all of us had doubts and reservations when applying, but now that we’ve completed our projects we […]


Hillside Vocational Secondary School

As we’ve reached the mid-point of the summer, we have been reflecting on our first half experiences in Hillside Vocation Secondary School, Uganda… Our school project began with a full week working in the Hillside Vocational school all together, after Norbert, the third member of our trio, had arrived. Following a massive, vibrant religious conference on Sunday 9 July, which took place at Kitagata Secondary School in collaboration with several local schools, we already felt […]


A Technical School meets EPAfrica

By Corina Hadjicharalambous St Benedict’s Technical Institute, which received its first year of investment in 2016, is only the second technical school that EPAfrica has ever partnered with in Uganda. These operate very differently to secondary schools – instead of teaching History, Science and English, students instead learn a variety of practical skills, ranging from Tailoring to Plumbing, Carpentry and Construction. For EPAfrica, this presents a lot of opportunities, as it allows us to adapt […]


Dispelling the Week 8 Hate (h8)

By Susanna Peden Ten weeks can sound a bit daunting when you’re sitting in a snazzy office in London during training; it can sound even m ore daunting when all your friends react to it with shock; and it can seem very, very daunting when you’re sitting on the plane to Entebbe.  All this changed after a few weeks in Mbarara. For most of the project, time has absolutely flown by.  Nearly once a day, […]


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 […]


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 […]


10 things I learned from being Project Manager

I’ve just arrived back in the UK after 6 weeks as Project Manager in Mbarara. I’m very sad to have left Uganda, but now that I’m back home, I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of the things I learned this summer…  1. Our model works As a Project Worker, it’s hard to get a sense of the impact of what you’re doing – you don’t know if your projects will have the intended effect or if they […]