Flooding in Kenya

Recent weeks have seen major flooding across Kenya. Many homes have been affected as rains have proved much heavier than usual due to the El Niṅo weather pattern.  The rainy season began in early March and has continued almost every day since, with further impact from...

Julius’s story

Julius comes from a small village called Emarenyo, in Butere near to our farming project. He began his schooling at Emarenyo Primary School in the nursery and in 2012 he scored 292 out of 500 in the KCPE primary school exams.  Unfortunately he wasn’t able to move on...

John’s story

John is the first born of nine children living in the village of Ebuyonga near Yala in western Kenya. He attended primary school and in 2006 scored 242 points.  Unable to progress to secondary school as his family could not afford the fees, he returned to primary...

Onguko’s story

Onguko completed school in 2014 with an A grade in his final KCSE secondary school exams.  This is extremely rare in Kenya, with less than 1% of students generally achieving an ‘A’ grade. It secured him a coveted place to study for a degree in Actuarial science at...

School grades

The school system in Kenya is undergoing change and we are closely watching how these changes are being implemented.  One of the aspects is a shift from an exam-based system to assessment-based results. It will be a challenge to get right.  The existing exam-based...

Mount Kenya climb

I often use the story of climbing a mountain as an analogy for the challenges that we face in life.  There are some really useful parallels – things that get in the way, uphill struggle, altitude, coping when not at our best … there are so many similarities. It’s one...