Minhaj Welfare Foundation has completed a new school project which donors from the UK have funded in Kenya to give an education to both boys and girls from poor families.
The secondary school – in the small town of Kitere of Tana River Delta north east of Mombasa – was completed in January 2015.
Local MWF Kenya staff are interviewing many of the students from low income families who have begun applying for an initial place at the school.
The school will selects children who have completed their primary education and whose family income is less than £35 a month.
The Minhaj Secondary School will cater for more than 100 students who show outstanding promise but whose families cannot support their education.
At the opening ceremony, Dhadho Iddi (MWF Kenya co-ordinator) appreciated the efforts of those who supported the school: “Words cannot describe how much we are grateful, we are able to educate the children and begin to change the face of a nation,” he declared.
The school incorporates 3 classrooms, principle office, science laboratory, sanitation facilities and a room in which it is hoped computers will be put in place for the students.
Minhaj Welfare Foundation had organised a series of fundraising events in London, Birmingham and Glasgow called ‘Raising Smiles’ in 2013. Adnan Sohail, Projects Manager for MWF said: “We started the initial construction in January 2014, and after a year of great difficulty mixed with tense fighting in the nearby area we are just glad the school project is complete.”
“The village needed a secondary school, we will continue helping marginalised communities.” he added.
Kenya has a very high rate of children dropping out after primary education, this is mainly due to secondary education being very expense for families from rural areas.
Minhaj Welfare Foundation hopes to build more schools and provide access to education to deprived communities in Africa. To donate or support our #Education for All initiative in Africa, please call +44 300 30 30 777 or follow the link https://www.minhajwelfare.org/general-donation/