New Kenyan school sites identified

Mellon Educate has identified three sites for new schools following on from the charity’s ground-breaking agreement with the Kenyan Government to help educate some of the country’s poorest children.

Construction plans are already being drawn for the three schools that will be built.

In May, the Kenyan government made a commitment to pay for the next three schools in the Mellon Educate Building programme in the East African country.

This will cost approximately 150,000,000 Kenyan Shillings (circa €1,500,000). Mellon Educate will provide its full management team, including Niall Mellon, at no cost to the Kenyan Government for the duration of the project.

The deal was struck after senior Kenyan government officials – including the Governor of Nairobi, Evans Kidero, and the Executive Member in charge of Education, Christopher S Khaemba – attended the official opening of the two schools already built by Mellon Educate in Nairobi.

The schools, St Catherine’s and the Ruben School, provide education for a total of 3,500 pupils in the desperately impoverished Mukuru slum in the Kenyan capital.

Speaking about the new sites, Mellon Educate founder Niall Mellon said: “We’re delighted to have identified these sites for new schools that when complete will make an enormous difference to the lives and educational opportunities of thousands of children in some of Kenya’s poorest areas.

“Our team in Kenya is working flat out to get the building projects ready for construction and we hope to bring our volunteers more news soon about how they can get involved.”