The region of Chemagel is located in the Narok County of Kenya. The community is predominantly composed of Kipsigis ethnic group.
WE Charity partnered with Chemagel to implement community-led, holistic, and sustainable programming across the five-pillar development model to support new resources and expanded access to education, clean water, health care, food security, and economic opportunities.
Together, we have built sustainable mechanisms to support community growth as the people within the region of Chemagel continue to drive their own transformational impacts.
Community members are seeking to build a better and brighter future for their children and the region. And have recently partnered with WE Charity.
Since the beginning of the partnership, there has been an increase in the student population and teachers have received professional development training and support. WE Charity has renovated three school rooms in the primary school to allow for greater accommodations of students. The student to teacher ratio has improved resulting in both a better student experience and better retention. Additionally, the school and broader community have participated in water and sanitation trainings, improving community practices for clean water and decreasing the conditions for preventable waterborne illnesses.
The following photos represent the 10 schools or school rooms constructed or renovated by WE Charity in the region of Chemegal. Each of the photos corresponds to a unique room including classrooms or a library.
The following highlights reflect a small sample of the impacts from our partnership with the region of Chemagel.
A substantive increase in student population since our partnership began
Improved teacher to student ratio
Implemented teacher training opportunities to support teacher development
Infrastructure inputs will expand the baseline offering of pre-school and grades one and two to provide a full primary education for all school-aged children in the community
Improved access to sanitation facilities for learners at school
Conducted community and school water and sanitation trainings to promote safe water purification practices and clean water harvesting techniques
Trained and empowered a water management committee to ensure the sustainability of clean water projects in the community
The 10 Habits of a Healthy Home program trains members of the community to implement basic health and sanitary indicators in their homesteads.
A significant percentage of households have implemented 10 Habits of a Health Home program indicators in their homes, decreasing conditions for preventable diseases
Community members have improved access to quality healthcare through Baraka Hospital, Kishon Health Centre, and mobile medical clinics
Conducted community trainings to encourage sustained safe health practices, which have realized a reduction in vaccine preventable diseases and maternal complications during pregnancy
Supplemented school nutrition program
Nearly 40 total agricultural trainings held over the course of partnership
Community members empowered to provide their families with a more diverse diet, improve food security for their families, and are equipped with modern farming skills and knowledge that will sustain them for years to come
Over 50 community members have participated in an Economic Empowerment group, with over 40 total economic empowerment trainings completed
All participants have developed financial literacy skills and nearly half of the participants have engaged in income generating activities aimed at improving their household incomes
WE CHARITY'S FIVE PILLAR DEVELOPMENT MODEL
WE Charity’s five-pillar development model empowers communities to break the cycle of poverty over, on average, a period of five to seven years of construction and local skill-capacity building, with a goal of long-term sustainability. Projects are focused on education, clean water, health care, food security and economic empowerment.
This holistic model starts with education, usually building schools or school rooms (including classrooms, libraries, kitchens, teachers’ accommodations, and school offices), that are then supported by other infrastructure needs key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Building new schools or school rooms (or renovating existing structures where possible) are not the only inputs into the five-pillar development model. To date, WE Charity has built or renovated over 850 schools or school rooms in rural Kenya. Each school room is furnished with the necessary supplies, such as desks and chairs, libraries with books, and other essential items for teachers’ offices and accommodations. Funds are also allocated to critical program needs that ensure quality services are delivered. For example, teachers must be trained and housed, students need healthy meals, and health care facilities (training and supplies) are necessary to look after the health needs of both faculty and students.
This model and needs extend to all the pillars, such as training for those maintaining water projects; education of community and family leaders on agriculture and healthy food; recruitment, training, and housing of medical staff; and the cost of economically empowering the women of the communities to ensure the development model is financially self-sustainable.
Primary school rooms and regional high school rooms may include the following: a classroom, a library, teachers’ accommodations, an administrative office, a science lab, a student dormitory or a school kitchen, which are all key elements of our education programs. All educational infrastructure is designed for the best learning of students.
WE Charity’s records and finances have been reviewed annually by independent auditors, and WE Charity has undergone a special review for its international activities from a respected forensic auditor, confirming that WE Charity operates with the highest financial integrity.
The following photos each document a unique school or school room used for educational purposes which was constructed or renovated by WE Charity. Most of the buildings are stand-alone, while some school rooms are adjoining, in multi-room structures (where indicated).
Renovations (where indicated) may often include structural and foundation repairs, walling and floor rebuilding or repairs, roof rebuilding or repairs and the provision of important educational infrastructure including desks, chairs, and blackboards to ensure a conducive environment for children to learn. Learn more about renovations to education facilities, here.