Community First Initiative
When a vision for a secondary school emerged in 2009, the leadership team at St. Andrews believed that the community had to demonstrate ownership for the school in order to make it happen. Stakeholders were gathered for a meeting to see what they could do. The response was overwhelming. Thus began what the Principal at St. Andrews coined the "Community First Initiative".
The Community Stakeholders
A local flower farm was the first to step forward and purchased 10 acres of land for the new school and built 2 classrooms and an administration block. Then upon registration as a government school, the local government in Naivasha graded a road to the land - 3.5 km from the village where our students come from. The enthusiasm from the community continues to grow and along with it the pride in their school.
St. Andrews invites and encourages international partnerships to come alongside these community first initiatives to help do what the school cannot do alone. Partnerships include resources of time, talent and treasure. Volunteer help in teaching and training and providing encouragement and hope for our teachers. Mission teams from American churches and other groups are invited to come and work alongside in building projects.
To date, international partnerships have produced a 100,000 ltr permanent water tank, guttering to harvest rain water, an athletic field, volunteer short-term teachers from Holland and the US, student sponsorships, partial funding for the Science Lab, and supplies.
The basic foundation has happened with community and government support but to excel and build a great school that provides hope and life skills is the challenge. That challenge is for you. Please read further to see where you can flip the switch and provide the light!