Summer Team


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 […]


From Kabul to Kenya: A Change is as Good as a Break

Karibu Kenya “Every Ten Minutes”; said the sign outside Jomo Kenyatta Nairobi Airport, promising a shuttle bus between terminals with – under any standards – impressive frequency.  I began to wait in the pleasant dusky warmth, perched on the edge of the pavement. A group of Kenyan ladies strolled past, their wheely-suitcases fitted firmly on their heads. “Karibu Kenya”, they announced. It had been a long journey from the dusty heat of Kabul, where I […]


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 […]


Graduate school visit: Nombe Secondary School

As part of our first week training here in Uganda, we visited Nombe Secondary School, which received investment from EPAfrica in 2013 and 2014. We carried out what the charity calls a ‘courtesy call’, with the aim of checking how the projects carried out by past project workers were getting on, and to see how the school was doing in general- including whether the school could be a candidate for further investment in the future. […]


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 […]


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 […]


What do we look for in our partner schools?

Whenever we visit a potential partner school, we begin our conversation with the headteacher by explaining what EPAfrica does, how our application process works, and what we look for in a potential partner school. “We are looking for three things,” I always explain. “We are looking for a school where our investments will have impact; a school where our investments will be sustainable; and a school where our Project Workers will have a good experience.”   The […]


How does EPAfrica find partner schools?

On Thursday the 28th of July, Taru, the project manager in Kisii, took me to my first school visit to St Peter’s Keberesi Secondary School. This was my first school selection visit – I was very excited to learn more about the local secondary education and the process through which EPAfrica selects its partner schools. We left the town centre early in the morning, travelling first to Mogunga, from where we took another matatu to […]


Ematsuli and Emanyinya: The Partnership beyond Project Workers

On Thursday evening the Kakamega Summer Team hosted the principals and deputy principals of Ematsuli and Emanyinya at an EPAfrica Friends Evening at Sheywe Guesthouse. While both schools graduated from our programme in 2015, we were very fortunate to have their respective deputy heads, Josephat and Douglas, attend our annual Head Teachers Conference. Over the course of the day, the pair played an integral role taking a lead in discussions and demonstrating to our new […]