One of the four key pillars of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy is education, and the luxury travel operator partners with schools in many of the places A&K sends its guests as a way to improve the lives and livelihoods of those communities. Recently, with the help of A&K guest donations, AKP has undertaken three education projects in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia.
Tanzania. Ilboru Secondary School for Deaf & Disabled Children
Though Tanzania’s Ilboru Primary School is large, it previously lacked the necessary facilities to accommodate children with hearing, mental or physical disabilities. Eight years ago, AKP stepped in to help the school’s special needs unit expand from teaching two children in a storeroom to educating many children in three classrooms especially designed to meet the needs of deaf and disabled children. While those graduating from the primary school were returned to the mainstream classroom, without further specialized instruction, dropout rates were abysmal. So AKP has stepped in once again to construct a secondary school for these students. The project is still in full swing, with AKP Coordinator Peter Pascal on the ground managing with great success.
Kenya. Olopikidongoe School Girls Showers & Bathroom
Olopikidongoe Primary and Boarding School in Kenya is considered to be among the best boarding schools in the Masai Mara, with some of the brightest children from the entire area enrolled. Many of the young girls who attend are there to avoid the traditional early marriage that has been a Maasai practice for generations. The school had a need for a girls’ shower and bathroom facility, so AKP funded the construction including new water system, toilets, drainage, showers and sinks. AKP Coordinator Sarah Liaram also worked closely with Sanctuary Retreats lodge managers to ensure quality construction practices. A&K is excited to report the project has recently been completed and is now in use by the girls. A similar project is due to be launched for the boys at the school.
Zambia. Nakatindi School Textbooks
At the Nakatindi School in Zambia, AKP, with the support of a donor family, has made a huge educational impact by providing new textbooks for the students. Previously the school was using outdated textbooks, with an average of one book per seven or eight children. The new textbooks will allow the students to follow the latest Zambian syllabus, and, with an average of one book for every three students, the children will have greater access to the books. Camilla Rhodes, AKP Coordinator in Zambia, shared with us how excited the school management was to receive these new books.