The students at St. Andrews come from poverty situations and live in Kasarani, a rural village in an isolated section of Lake Naivasha. Their parents are either working for flower farms or are unemployed, many strugggle to pay the school fees for their children. Many families have more than one child in school, making it more difficult. However, the parents are determined that they want their children in school and recognize that education is a way up and out of poverty.
There are two sources of teachers for St. Andrews. Because we are a government school the Ministry of Education has posted two teachers - the Principal and the Deputy Head - both of whom teach. The remaining teachers salaries are paid for by the parents. This makes it difficult for the school because there are just not the financial resources to pay them what they deserve or even what the Government might pay. Many teachers are unemployed, and therefore willing to accept salaries that are far below the government standards. We are fortunate and blessed to have teachers that are committed to the students and to teaching.
The Board of Governors has established a fund to subsidize the current salaries of our teachers - they are currently being paid the equivalent in Kenya shillings of approximately $190 a month. We would like to be able to pay each teacher (of which there are 8), $300 a month.
The Principal and Deputy Head review the performance and commitment of the teachers and award increases accordingly from the undesignated subsidy fund.
For more information on giving to these funds, please visit the CONTACT US page.