The Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya are the oldest and biggest slums in Africa – it’s about the size of Central Park with over a million people living it. With no government support for basic infrastructure to live, including water, sanitation, health care, and education, living here means overcoming challenges most people shouldn’t have to.
With education, girls in this neighbourhood can escape the violence and poverty and have the opportunity for a brighter future. Knowing that, One Girl Can began their work in Kibera in 2008, building six classrooms for Ushirika Primary School.
Over the years, a high school was added and the student population of the school expanded from 20 girls to 615 girls.
The government began to close down schools in Nairobi after a school collapsed and killed 11 children earlier this year. There are no plans to rebuild any of the condemned schools or how to address the thousands of children without somewhere to go to school.
With so many girls at risk of losing their education, we responded immediately. Rebuilding of the Ushirika school is the biggest project One Girl Can has ever taken on but the impact of losing the school is much greater. One Girl Can works only with reliable contractors who have built all our schools, and commissioned them to begin developing the plan for a cement and cinderblock building that will stand the test of time.
Our goal is to raise $366,000 to rebuild Ushirika School in order to offer a safe and dynamic learning environment with quality education for all the students.