Building Hope Academy Classrooms
Project: Building Hope Academy classrooms
Completed: Construction started August, 2012
Building Hope Academy grew out of a dream to create a primary school on the Loita Plains so all children in this rural Maasai community would have access to quality education.
Prior to the construction of Building Hope Academy a survey was completed in the community and identified 120 primary aged students (4 - 8) who were not attending the local public school due to the long and often dangerous distance required to travel to attend.
Realizing that if these students did not attend primary school, the chance of them ever attending school was unlikely. David's (Kamishina) family generously donated 15 acres of land to their Maasai community on which to build a primary school. As land ownership is closely guarded in Kenya, this donation was proof of the dedication of the Nkuito family to bring change and opportunity to the community. The original dream was to build a kindergarten and nursery where the local children could easily access and receive quality foundational education. The women of the community cleared the land and the men constructed the fence and gate.
To date Building Hope Academy consists of 8 modern classrooms, a teachers quarters, washrooms, a dining hall, kitchen, computer lab and 120 very happy students. Their education follows the Kenyan curriculum and is being influenced by the example of sound Canadian teaching practices. The students are thriving.
Often in Kenya, the parents have no involvement in their children's education. This is not the case at Building Hope Academy. Parents agree to accompany their children to school, to attend meetings and to take an interest in education. These parents are fairly bursting with pride at the progress their children are making.