First week in Kisii!


Hello from Kisii!After a long flight, (including experiencing the delights of BA’s version of a classic British afternoon tea) the Kenya contingent of EPAfrica volunteers arrived in Nairobi airport. We were met by the very efficient pre-summer team and a mini bus to take us to our hostel where we spent our first night in Kenya. From here we parted ways with the Kakamega team and headed off to Kisii where we will spend the next 10 weeks.

This year we have 12 Project Workers based in six schools surrounding Kisii Town. These have been carefully selected by EPAfrica volunteers in order to allow us to maximise our impact from limited resources. Despite lacking in basic learning materials, the schools have excellent  management who ensure our investments will be used effectively. We’re very excited to be returning to five schools that have already had one or two years of EPAfrica investment as well as welcoming one new school into our programme this year.

Having spent a few days taking part in some on-site training and finding their way around Kisii Town, on Friday 5th July, Project Workers met their Head Teachers at the Kisii Head Teachers’ Conference 2014. It was a day filled with chai, mandazi and stimulating discussion on the Kenyan education system, allowing us to catch up on any new developments affecting our schools over the last year.  Following a delicious lunch and mandatory group photograph, the PWs excitedly headed off to their villages for a challenging week of exploring their rural communities.


About Jess Martin

Jess has been involved in the charity since joining as a Project Worker in 2012 and was actively involved in the Cambridge University Committee whilst at University. As the Shared Services Manager, Jess is responsible for managing the Finance, IT and Knowledge Management Workstreams of the charity and ensuring that data protection, sound financial management, smart IT, risk management and legal compliance are embedded in the behaviours and processes across the charity.