OLELESHWA

The region of Oleleshwa is located in the Narok County of Kenya. The community is predominantly composed of Kipsigis ethnic group. 

WE Charity partnered with Oleleshwa 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 Oleleshwa continue to drive their own transformational impacts. 

The region of Oleleshwa is unique as it is located in the same region as WE Charity’s large-scale agricultural farm, which has produced over one million meals for all WE Charity partner schools. It also contains a unique set of educational structures, as it was first constructed as a high school, and as such it includes a science lab, a computer lab, dormitories, a dining hall, and teachers’ accommodations. Many of its high school graduates have gone on to the WE College to pursue degrees in nursing, tourism and teaching.

 

Based on the needs of the community, the usage of the school has changed over the years, including having been used as an extension for the WE College faculty of agricultural studies, as well as offering hundreds of agricultural training programs for community members from all the regions in which WE Charity is active.  The trainings which have taken place at the school campus include the merits of crop rotation, diversification of diet, how to replenish nutrients into the soil, and how to grow fruits and vegetables which ward off certain common ailments.

 

The following photos represent the 27 schools or school rooms constructed by WE Charity in the region of Oleleshwa. Each of the photos corresponds to a unique room including classrooms, libraries, teachers’ accommodations, administrative offices, a computer lab, a science lab, dormitories, a large dining hall, a school kitchen and more. 

The following community highlights reflect some of the impacts from our partnership with the community of Oleleshwa.        

 

EDUCATION

  • Enabled access to high quality education for the region.    

  • Provided agriculturally based lessons and hands on training for students.  

  • Provided mentorship and leadership opportunities for students   

 

WATER

  • Access to clean water to support the students of the educational institution and the surrounding community 

  • Improved access to sanitation facilities for learners at school  

  • Conducted water and sanitation trainings to promote safe water purification practices and clean water harvesting techniques   

  • Trained and empowered students and teachers to ensure the sustainability of clean water projects

 

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HEALTH

The 10 Habits of a Healthy Home program trains members of the community to implement basic health and sanitary indicators in their homesteads.

  • Students, teachers, and community members have improved access to quality healthcare through Baraka Hospital and mobile medical clinics   

  • Conducted school trainings to encourage sustained safe health practices   

FOOD

  • Access to large scale farm for the provision of food and a hands-on training space   

  • Agriculture training integrated directly into educational and leadership programs  

  • Students have access to a more diverse diet, improved food security for their families, and are equipped with modern farming skills and knowledge that will sustain them for years to come  
     

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

  • Students developed entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills. 

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. 

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EXPLORE A MAP OF THE REGION

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