Lereshwa was founded in 1994 to offer cheap secondary education to pupils from neighbouring primary schools. It is situated on the top of a hill on ground that was thought useless, but the community has proved that through good farming techniques, trees will grow.
Over the last five years Lereshwa has expanded rapidly from two two-classroom blocks and a ramshackle administration block to a fully-fledged secondary school with fourclassroom blocks, a well stocked library, a science lab and a playing field. The school has a kitchen run on firewood that provides a morning snack and a full lunch for its 220 pupils.
In the past two years the school has constructed a new administration block (using Government funding) and a computer lab (funded by HSK). The school is now, to our knowledge, the first of its type in Kenya to offer computing lessons. The lab has the potential to transform the school's efficiency and results, and boost student motivation and attendance. We are monitoring the school's progress as a model for others in the area looking to take advantage of IT.
Lereshwa is now full to capacity and HSK hopes to fund four new classrooms over the next three years, at an estimated cost of £22,000. The school has ambitious plans to fence off its site, construct a new dining hall, and even become a boarding school over the next ten years.
|Perimeter fencing||late 2010||£2,000|
|New classrooms||mid 2011||£20,000|