The Olive Branch Foundation

... fighting poverty and corruption through education

Projects

In Kenya, primary education is for 8 years, secondary education is for 4 years and university is normally a further 4 years.  We have now built 3 pre-school classrooms; 8 primary school classrooms; 4 secondary school rooms and a science laboratory.

When secondary education is completed, those who do not go on to university will be well educated, yet probably in need of vocational skills.  Our plan is to build a vocational training unit, where children can learn to stand on their own feet in the world, run a business and the like.  To achieve this we are going to need people with vocational skills to train the children for work and to show them how to set themselves up in business.

The time will come when we will need volunteers to go to Kenya, to spend some weeks in the African sunshine and to invest in the lives of these wonderful, vulnerable children.  Could your skills and experience be called on?


Feeding Programme

This is a very important part of the work of the school and one hot meal is provided every day. The menu varies from maize and millet porridge with beans as available. For some children, this meal is the only hot meal they ever get.

Porridge is very vital since we deal with very small children who cannot stay all day at school without having something to eat.


Facilities

Orphanage

As a rented building soon became overcrowded, on a ½ acre of land we had purchased for a different purpose, we undertook the building of a bespoke orphanage at the end of 2011.  It is complete and it has room for expansion.  Separate accommodation for boys and girls includes sleeping area, showers and flush toilets, facilitated by four x 5,000 litre water tanks.
A small house for Risper, the Director, adjoins the orphanage.
In December 2011 the orphans moved from their temporary accommodation in an office and a classroom, with much pride, in to their new orphanage building.


Primary School

There are now 11 permanent brick built classrooms, all with good roofs, cemented floors and plastered walls.

There is a clinic and First Aid centre. Volunteer local medical staff visit on a regular basis.
There are three buildings used for offices, administration and staff room.
It is a Christian school, and recently the assembly hall has been finished. It also doubles as a church on Sundays.


Secondary School

As mentioned above, in Kenya, secondary education is for 4 years. The first 20 children started their secondary education in January 2013, they being those who, at the end of primary education, sat and passed the Kenya Primary Certificate of Education, the equivalent to the UK’s former 11+ exam.  With much excitement and delight these 20 children, 18 of whom are our orphans, took their first lessons in their new secondary school in January 2013.  Local children have been added to the number.  The total in Form 1 - the first secondary school class - is 29.

Immediate needs are:

 

  • Desks with lockable lids for the secondary students.
  • Textbooks for the primary and secondary students and teachers' textbooks for the secondary teachers.

If you are moved to and able to help fund these needs, please go to the support page for details of how to support.


Thank you.