Kenya Empakasi Classrooms
Empakasi Green Valley Community School is near the Emakoko lodge located in Nairobi National Park. The school was recently formed because the nearest government school was more than 10km away, which was too far for the youngest members of this community to walk. It was also a dangerous walk because of wildlife from the park. The Nairobi National park is home to 100 mammal species including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, baboon, zebra, wildebeest and cheetah and 400 migratory and endemic bird species.
Thanks to donations from some very kind guests, the school’s first two permanent classrooms were built and furnished. This has cemented the school’s place in this community and it has reduced the potential for human-wildlife conflict in this area. According to community member Benson Parmisa, each educated child is “a light in the community”. Currently, the school has around 40 students in pre-primary and grades 1, 2 and 3.
So this may be a little school, but it saves lives, reduces human-wildlife conflict and brings hope to this community.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the guests who donated to the project and all those involved in its completion.
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