The region of Kipsongol is located in the Narok County of Kenya. The community is predominantly composed Kipsigis ethnic group.
WE Charity partnered with Kipsongol to address critical infrastructure needs and implement community-led, holistic and sustainable programming across the five-pillar 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 Kipsongol continue to drive their own transformational impacts.
Kipsongol is surrounded by dusty hills and agricultural fields and is a community whose population has steadily trended upward over the last five years.
Since the beginning of its partnership with WE Charity, the school has seen its student population increase, and the number of girls attending is now equal to that of boys. As the student population increased, so did our investment in the community. In recent years, 100% of the students graduating from Grade 8 have continued their studies in secondary school. As a result, we also work with the nearby feeder high schools in the region to ensure that students can continue their educational path. In the case of Kipsongol, WE Charity has supported two nearby regional high schools by renovating existing community infrastructure, including classrooms and science labs.
Kipsongol is a very mobilized community, ready to engage in their own solutions to build a better and brighter future for their children and the region. Together, we have created sustainable mechanisms to support that growth as the people within the region continue to drive their own transformational impacts.
The following photos represent the 30 schools or school rooms constructed or renovated by WE Charity in the region of Kipsongol. Each of the photos corresponds to a unique room including classrooms, a library, teachers’ accommodations, a science lab, or a school kitchen.
The following highlights reflect a small sample of the impacts from our partnership with the region of Kipsongol.
Balanced enrollment rates between girls and boys
Improved academic performance, with a 57% increase in mean Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam score since our partnership began
Improved transition rate from primary to secondary school, with 100% of recent students transitioning
100% of community members have access to clean water through implementation of a community water system, piping, and community access points
Improved access to sanitation facilities for learners at school
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.
Community members have improved access to quality healthcare through Baraka Hospital and mobile medical clinics
Access to large scale farm for provision of sustainably grown diverse foods and the opportunity to learn first-hand about new techniques and crops
Supplemented school nutrition program
Over 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 180 community members have participated in an Economic Empowerment group, with over 240 total economic empowerment trainings completed
All participants have developed financial literacy skills and have joined in both group and individual 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.