Hakuna Matata School

  • Where: KILIFI, KENYA
  • For whom: 29 CHILDREN
  • What you can do: 90€ EVERY SIX MONTHS

Title of the project

Hakuna Matata

Place of the action

Kilifi, Orphanage “Mwangaza”

Description of the context

In Kilifi, a city located halfway between Mombasa and Malindi, in the Kiwandani region, there is the orphanage “Mwangaza” that, since 2011, accommodates 27 children aged between 4 and 18 years.

The project

The project provides financial support to a child hosted at Mwangaza orphanage for his/her education plus two kids living outside the structure, for a total of 29 kids. The school year is divided into three periods: from January to April, from May until August, and from September to November. In December, the children are on holiday. At the end of each period, each child receives an evaluation for the subjects studied, so you can follow directly his/her learning. The school is located about 2 km from the property and engages children in the morning and in the afternoon. Classes begin at 7 am: for lunch pupils come home to eat, then they go back to school.

The financial support includes the costs incurred in the Kindergarten (salaries of teachers, purchase of school materials) and in the Primary School (enrolment, examinations, materials, books, uniforms, shoes , coats for the rain). With 15 euro per month, you are able to support all the necessary school expenses. Each adopting family will be assigned a boy or a girl and will received detailed information on the child and on his/her learning developments.

Achieved results

Despite the particularly heavy difficulties of this year due to coronavirus, the project continues for providing primary education to all children. In April 2020, the government authorities, after closing all schools of all levels to limit the spread of the virus, took children living in children’ homes, back to their relatives willing to welcome them. Initially Mwangaza was completely emptied but after less than a month, thanks to the great work done by our social worker and now Director Joseph,  10 kids suffering of malnutrition at home, could return to Mwangaza.  At the end of October 2020, the Government decided to reopen the schools on the basis of the declared COVID situation under control, but unfortunately all children had to repeat the school year and this, especially for those who are approaching the age of majority was a serious problem.