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Students range from four to 13 years old. Each villager with a child in school has to sell a goat, sheep or cow every three months for boarding fees, uniform, desk and learning materials – an estimated $105 USD a year. Uniforms are mandatory in Kenya’s public schools. Even with government subsidy for textbooks, there is not enough to buy a book for each student. Two and three students share a textbook.

Enkoireroi school   school with project director play at school

MANDO is involved with four primary schools in the Eremit community about 80 kilometers southwest of Nairobi. The first one is Eremit Primary School which experiences significant overcrowding. More than 500 students attend pre-primary through standard eight classes. This led to formation of a feeder school in the center of the village – Enkoireroi Primary School constructed in 1998 by the community. There was enough money to construct only four classrooms. The student body grew to 300. Still, several hundred students walk more than 10 miles each way to school. Kimelok Primary School and a new school in Nkuyan are also MANDO supported. Nkuyan cuts down the distance many students have to travel as well as addresses overcrowding at Enkoireroi and Kimelok.

These schools have been a model of success for the entire Kajiado District, with many students going on to high school. Their approach is a Western and Maasai integrated curriculum – being culturally sensitive to the Maasai way of life, as well as allowing Maasai children to function outside Maasai boundaries.

Subjects taught are
  • languages: Maasai, Swahili, English
  • mathematics
  • social studies
  • science and agriculture
  Extra curricular activities include

  • drama, art, music, and dance
  • Maasai oral literature and traditions
  • sports: soccer, volleyball, netball, running

The schools are managed by a committee of 12 men and women collectively appointed by members of the Maasai community. Each participates in the decision-making processes, including the evaluation of teaching methods and school projects.

The community encourages self-discipline rather than imposed from without. Older students are encouraged to become positive role models for younger ones adhering to the Maasai tradition of intergenerational support.

sponsored girlsfinding sponsors for children who otherwise would have to leave school (more here.) Children vulnerable to disease, hunger and deprivation need social support for growth and development. Otherwise, they lose hope and drop out of school. Cultural practices marry girls off very young. Donations provide meals, clothing, medical care and shelter to allow them a basic education and perhaps beyond. View a video about MANDO's involvement in Educating the Girl Child.

Not only does MANDO work to secure scholarships for deserving students, it maintains classrooms and contintually seeks support for school lunches and water catchment systems.

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