RONGENA

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

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

 

Since the beginning of its partnership with WE, 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 high schools in the region to ensure that students can continue their educational path. This work includes renovation of existing school rooms. The renovations included a science lab, a school kitchen and a school library.

 

The following photos represent the 23 school rooms constructed or renovated by WE Charity in the region of Rongena. Each of the photos corresponds to a unique room including classrooms, libraries, teacher accommodations, a science lab, or school kitchens.

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

 

EDUCATION

  • 30% increase in student population since our partnership began 

  • Balanced enrollment between girls and boys   

  • Improved transition rate from primary to secondary school, with 100% of recent students transitioning

  • Improved academic performance, with a 11% increase in mean Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam score since our partnership began
     

WATER

  • 100% of community members have access to clean water through implementation of a community water system, piping, and community access points  

  • Trained and empowered a water management committee to ensure the sustainability of clean water projects in the community 

 

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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.

  • 100% of 10 Habits of a Healthy Home program participants have implemented at least 70% of the indicators in their home, decreasing conditions for preventable diseases  

  • Community members have improved access to quality healthcare through Baraka Hospital, Kishon Health Centre, and mobile medical clinics  

FOOD

  • 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 50 community specific 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  

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

  • Over 200 community members have participated in an Economic Empowerment group, with over 150 total economic empowerment training sessions completed 

  • All participants have developed financial literacy skills and have joined in group income generating activities, which have improved 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. 

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Part of a multi-room structure

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Part of a multi-room structure

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Part of a multi-room structure

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Part of a multi-room structure

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Part of a multi-room structure

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Part of a multi-room structure

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Renovation

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EXPLORE A MAP OF THE REGION

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