School Building Completion Project Underway
In early 2020, Ripple Effect Project successfully completed Phase 1 of our new building construction, resulting in a two-story building that offered Korando Education Center 6 brand new classrooms. As a direct result of your donations, this new building marked a huge milestone—and a major improvement from the previous structure which was flagged for not meeting national educational and health guidelines. In 2022, we set our sights on the completion of building Phase 2, which would accommodate the remaining classes.
Initially, a second 6 classroom structure was needed in order to accommodate the remaining grades of all primary school classes Pre-K through Grade 8. However, in 2022 Kenya changed the amount of primary school grades and implemented a new education curriculum. This new education structure means that only students grades Pre-K-6 will take place at the Center, with Grades 7 and 8 moving up to attend with their high school peers. The result is that only 3 classrooms are now needed to accommodate all primary grades.
Ripple Effect Project recently learned that a church building neighboring Korando Education Center’s property was up for sale. This building sits near the center of the KEC grounds, and can accommodate three classrooms once renovated. Therefore, REP has initiated the purchase of this former Church structure, and begun drawing plans for the renovation of this building in place of a new, two-story structure.
We are excited to announce that this building’s renovation will represent Phase 2 of our building journey! When complete, all primary grades will have classrooms which meet the national criteria, allowing the center to continue educating children for many years to come.
As you may remember, the KEC is a non-traditional school which targets vulnerable children unable to attend school without financial support. This means that Korando does not receive funding from the state or county government the way a public school would, and no school fees are charged to those who attend. Frankly, your donations over the years have moved mountains. Our donors have made the education of thousands of students possible and ensured Korando stayed open as a refuge for these deserving kids. We humbly ask for your support as we fundraise for this final phase of the school building and we look forward to completing this necessary part of KEC’s infrastructure.