Kifaru House has been heavily involved in the LEP since 2003. Most of the programmes were just in the pipeline then and since they have been funded through Kifaru House and still are.
Kifaru House has been involved with feeding Lewa and Kanyunga School for years and has provided scholarships to 20 children from primary to the postgraduate level at the university.
The adult literacy programme is funded through Kifaru House and is a particular pet project which includes funding the instructors’ salaries, providing the stationery and giving support to ensure that the six centres run seamlessly.
By staying at Kifaru House, guests indirectly help these projects and are more than welcome to contribute directly when staying at the property – please contact the Education Officer.
The Lewa Education Programme (LEP) improves the effectiveness of and community support for the Conservancy. It is one of the ways in which our conservation efforts generate direct benefits for the communities living within, or in close proximity to, wildlife. Lewa is keen to support a process in the surrounding communities that enhances livelihoods and increases an understanding of the value of wildlife. There are currently 16 government primary schools with about 6000 children, 2 secondary schools and over 350 children being supported through the Lewa Education programme.
- Provide bursary support for identified needy children
- Assist in the construction and equipping of classrooms, staff quarters, laboratories, boarding facilities, kitchen and dinning hall, ablution blocks etc
- Purchase textbooks, desks and writing materials
- Employ teachers to supplement and support those provided by the government
- Equip the schools with computers so that they are able to maintain their own databases and teach basic computer skills
- Carry out feeding programmes for over 6000 enrolled children and/or farming imitative to supplement the feeding programme.
- Provide conservation education classes in all the schools
- Provide access to facilities for extra curricula activities like sports and clubs
- Empower the girl child with knowledge and resources.
- Avail adult education and resource information centres to the various communities.