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SHALOM ACADEMY

Strive for Excellence supports education in Irovo, Kakamega County, Kenya.

Our principal project is to develop Shalom Academy, the ECD/Primary school we built in January 2017 – that means more classrooms, more teachers and more educated children.

2015 – 2017

  • Brought educational and sports/games supplies
  • Purchased an acre of land in the village
  • Fenced the property and cleared old tree stumps
  • Brought more educational supplies
  • 1st stage build: (4 classrooms)
  • 2nd stage: 5th classroom and kitchen, completed long-drop latrines, built desks and benches

2020

  • Raise registration to 110 pupils
  • Lay concrete floors in classrooms
  • Lay concrete paths
  • Send two staff for teacher training

2018

  • Increased registration to 60 children
  • Installed water harvesting system
  • Built 2 wash stations
  • Painted building in school colours
  • Built secure supply cabinet
  • Levelled floors
  • Cleared land
  • Planted trees and hedges
  • Brought significant employment to village people
  • Provided year-round motorcycle transport

2019

  • Increased registration to 80
  • Built 3 more classrooms
  • Built kitchen
  • Built staff room + resource room
  • Erected gate
  • Provided uniforms and school badges to all children
  • Vitalis Tivis gained certificate in ECD primary education
  • Funded 2 teacher training places at college
  • Hired caretaker
  • Planted fruit trees and vegetables for lunches + breakfast
  • Raised football goal posts

HOW CAN YOU HELP US?

You can help by donating good quality text books and stationery, uniforms and satchels – what do you have?

Cash donations are needed to develop infrastructure and pay our teachers.

Click on the button for a list of items the children need, and how your money can directly help the children of Irovo.

LATEST NEWS

Keep up to date with how the school, children and staff are doing and the impact it is making to the local community by visiting our news page.

Prefects

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Shalom Academy is lucky to have two excellent pupils who act as our two prefects—effectively head girl and head boy. May I introduce Michelle Mutola and Alex Ingaya who have…

Beans, beans, good for your heart…

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New cook Gertrude seems to have got the measure of our kitchen and children, and the conundrum of cooking for an indeterminate number of pupils each day. But one thing…

So Many Books, So Little Time

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One of our aims this year was to add significantly to our library of text books that meet the requirements of the new Kenyan curriculum. We bought as many books…

TRUSTEES

Strive for Excellence is run by a small, dedicated team of five trustees. We accept no payment of any kind and take no remuneration for expenses or travel.

Alan Whelan

CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

GHOSTWRITER AND AUTHOR ALAN HAS WRITTEN THREE ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOKS AND A NOVEL – ALL SET IN AFRICA.

Olive Carroll

TRUSTEE

UNTIL RECENTLY, OLIVE WAS DIRECTOR OF PERSONAL SOCIAL CARE AT LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL.

John Entwistle

TRUSTEE

JOHN IS HEAD TEACHER OF ST AUGUSTINE’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL IN PRESTON.

Jean Atkinson

TRUSTEE

JEAN IS A BUSINESS CONSULTANT, CHARTERED MARKETER AND FELLOW OF THE CIM.

Sarah Campbell

TRUSTEE

SARAH IS HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN A PRIVATE SECTOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES ORGANISATION.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help then please feel free to get in touch.

07904 910686