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KENYA: Community Benefits from Holistic Christian Education

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Project Overview

New school facilities help youth and community members grow academically and spiritually

Timeline: 18 months
Anticipated lives impacted: 1,440
Ministry Focus: Holistic
Total Amount Requested: $66,700

In their own words:

“The school has well-trained teachers, students are trained on their discipline, and the institution has a Christian foundation.”
“Tumaini Academy is the best faith-based school in the entire Sololo district.”
“Tumaini Academy is the up-and-coming center of excellence in Sololo.”
— testimonies of parents whose children attend Tumaini Academy


In the Kenyan town of Sololo, in Northern Marsabit County, the climate is arid and rain falls infrequently. Most community members are herdsman or farmers. As Muslims comprise 80 percent of Sololo’s population, Christians are a minority group.


Until Tumaini Academy was established by the Marsabit Diocese of the Anglican Church of Kenya in 2010, there was no opportunity to receive a primary education at a Christian school. Since that time, enrollment has grown. Four hundred students currently attend grades one through six at the institution. This includes students from a Muslim background who value the quality of the education offered at the school. Enrollment is expected to rise to 480 in the near future, so the school must construct additional buildings to meet the growing needs of students and staff.


In order to effectively meet the needs of the people in Sololo, Tumaini Academy will expand its facilities to include a new kitchen and multipurpose room for school assemblies, parent meetings and worship services. Additionally, the academy will construct an administration building where teachers will prepare lessons, store school supplies and complete administrative tasks. These centrally located facilities will enable community members to receive a Christian education and gather and worship freely. It will also add a 13,000-gallon water tank to meet the needs of the school.

Life Impact

Benefits 1,440 people, some in multiple ways:

Spiritual impact:

  • 480 students will be exposed to Christian education where they learn Christian values and gain understanding of the Christian faith. Once buildings are complete, there will be an opportunity for community members to attend church services hosted at the new construction.

Community impact:

  • 960 parents and other community members will benefit from having their children attend school in an enlarged Christian facility, where beneficiaries will also attend community gatherings.

Project Design

To serve Tumaini Academy, the diocese of Marsabit will construct four new structures, including a multipurpose building, a kitchen, an administration building and a 13,000-gallon water tank. Local youth and other residents will attend school and community meetings in the multipurpose building. As students receive a nourishing meal during the school day – the only full meal they might receive some days – a new kitchen will improve the academy’s ability to serve them. In the administration building, teachers and school administrators will prepare classroom lessons and conduct other school business. The addition of these facilities necessitates the construction of a new water tank, which will provide increased water for drinking, cooking and cleaning.

Measuring impact: Student records can track the number of students attending the school over the previous year. School leadership can track the number of parents and other community members who interact with and are impacted by these new facilities through meetings held. Additionally, Tumaini Academy will keep records of the number of church services held in the new building.

Track record: Tumaini Academy and its sponsor, the Kenya Christian Education Partnership, have successfully operated the school for four academic years. Many Muslim families in the community send their children to Tumaini Academy due to its reputation for excellence. The school has quickly become an educational, spiritual and economic center of the community.

Project Budget

Multipurpose facility and kitchen: $26,000

Administration building: $24,000

Research and evaluation: $8,700

13,000-gallon water tank: $8,000

TOTAL: $66,7000


Risk Analysis

Low: 1, Low/Medium: 2, Medium: 3, Medium/High: 4, High: 5

Concept: 1

This well-planned project is led by capable leaders at all levels – school administrators, local and regional church leaders and supporters based in the United States. This project effectively defines and meets the felt needs of children in this community.

Program Design & Experience: 2

The school has been in operation for four years, so it is still young in the life cycle of an organization. Given this short track record, the school may struggle to deal with upcoming challenges. The school partners with a variety of churches and development agencies, both in Kenya and the United States, some of which are involved in the school’s development. This will require strong project management to effectively manage budget alignments and expectations of each of the partners.

Leadership: 1

This project has experienced and supportive leadership, both locally and remotely. The academy also benefits from strong relationships with the diocese and other church leaders in the region.

Financial control: 2

Funding for this project is administered through the Diocese of Marsabit, which is financially robust. Compared to the diocese’s overall operations, this project is small. The financial statements of the Diocese of Marsabit are externally audited and it has operated at a profit each year reviewed. As the diocese is fairly self-sufficient, it does not rely heavily on donations and grants. However, the diocese lacks independent governance, as all are members of the Anglican Church.

Sustainability: 1

The school has successfully cultivated financial support from three primary sources. Some local families are able to afford tuition fees. Supporters from abroad provide monthly sponsorship for some students. And outside sources, including support for this project, enable the academy to build facilities and cover other expenses. This diverse mix of revenue mitigates the school’s financial risks.

External: 4

A number of external factors could hinder project implementation, including the region’s arid climate, its remoteness, inadequate roads and unreliable electricity. In addition, poverty and tribal or religious tensions pose additional risks.

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Project ID: ARDF-0615-Marsabit

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