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                                         We are moving on
Miche Bora Primary School (the school of MSP) is providing excellent education for equal numbers of poor boys and girls in classes of 25. Our children are healthy thanks to a feeding programme paid for by the Herrod Foundation and are achieving well ahead of national expectations especially in English. We have  committed, qualified teachers, excellent resources and carefully selected European volunteers.  As a result there is low absenteeism and a long waiting list.

One problem.
Mustard Seed Project urgently needs funds to build and resource its own school. We currently rent the building (above) and are planning to complete the one below.

When completed the new building will house over 300 children aged 3-14 in 11 classes of 25-30. Our new building will also house a small clinic for our children, their siblings and their mothers. The sports hall will be available to the community in the evening.

We have completed Phase 1 of this building which is a four classroom block with three toilets. This will eventually house our youngest children but is currently being used for our eldest four classes.

Click here to see construction of the now completed Phase 1. The new building was funded but Marr Munning Charitable Trust, British and Foreign School Society and a private donor plus donations from many other people.

Building a school will help to ensure sustainability of the project. Without rent the monthly outgoings will be significantly reduced. We shall also have solar panels and a bore hole which will remove our water and electicity costs. This is not a project just for the present but one which will change the lives of thousands of children in the future.
Primary education in Kenya is free but there are conditions. We have made our school affordable for all and this means that for some children we provide uniform and all other resources. Others pay around £4 per month.
Many of our children come to school hungry and we provide porridge mid-morning. Mustard Seed Project provides nothing for  free (except to the most needy) but those who do pay in full are probably contributing around 25% of what it costs the charity.

In April 2011 a Swiss Charitable Trust, The Herrod Foundation, gave Mustard Seed Project a large donation for a lunch-time feeding programme. This was started at the beginning of May 2011 and ensures that our children receive a balanced meal each day. The Herrod Foundation have continued their support which has been so important in a time of increasing inflation in Kenya. Unfortunately they have such huge calls on their money that the amount they are able to give does not cover our rising costs and we have to seek additional funding elsewhere.

In September 2011 we opened a Nursery Class thanks to a donation from the British and Foreign Schools Society which has enabled us to buy the necessary resources.The nursery has a small classroom within the school but also outdoor space under a canopy to allow greater freedom.

Phase two has been built. This consistst of the concrete frame and first-floor slab plus the brickwork for the rest of the ground floor. A septic tank and soak-away are also been constructed and the electricity will soon be connected.

In January 2017, at the start of the new school year we shall have 250 children in ten classes. The following year the final intake will take our numbers to 275. We have grown the school slowly in order to maintain standards and it has been well worth it. In the last school exams all but seven of our children exceeded government expectations. Most of these did so magnificently.

Outside Phase One with Sonal who climbed Kilimanjaro for Mustard Seed
Some children working collaboratively inside Phase One
The now completed Phase two under construction
Cess pit and soak away donated by Rotary
Updated September 2016
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The Mustard Seed Project (Kenya), UK Registered Charity No. 1127935,
Company Limited by Guarantee No. 6778042 and registered as a Charitable Trust in Kenya.