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Best news of the year so far… Strive for Excellence (Irovo) is now recognised as a charity in the UK (charity number 1170935). Crucially, this gives our wonderful donors – and the charity – the ability to claim Gift Aid, which should make a substantial contribution to our plan to build the new school (Shalom Academy) in Irovo, Kakamega, in Kenya.

Trustees Olive and Alan are in Irovo until mid-January to scope out the land and speak to neighbours, elders and chiefs to plan the way forward. Our findings will feed our blog posts over the next few days. And there’s lots to tell.

Below, school director and man of many talents Vitalis welcomes us to the land through the newly constructed gate onto the property.