Project / Kiprengwe Primary

About This Project

Classrooms: 16
Students: 775
Teachers: 14
Invested: $124,570


About the project

Kiprengwe Primary School is a rural school located at the top of a hill in the Kedowa region near Kericho, just outside the country’s tea-growing region. Founded in 1978, it was the second-largest school in the district in 2013 with 643 primary students and 132 preschoolers. Despite the large population, the government hires only nine teachers at Kiprengwe, with parents hiring three more plus two ECD staff. Although the primary school has 16 classrooms, four are incomplete and others are used for storage and staff. The school also has a hand-dug, 25-foot well. The government promised to bring electricity to the school in 2014.

Our Involvement

ABW started assisting Kiprengwe in 2009 with the construction of three new classrooms to replace wooden structures with dirt floors. Since then, we have built three more primary classrooms and two preschool classrooms, as well as completed two classrooms and office/storage space that were started by parents. ABW also built toilets for the preschool and installed a rainwater collection and storage system. In 2013, in cooperation with KONA bikes, ABW provided 200 bicycles that are lent through the year to students in Grades 6 to 8.

Notable Features

  • The road to the school features an extremely steep hill that makes access difficult.
  • The school grows maize, beans and vegetables for a feeding program for students in Grades 4 to 8 who can’t go home for lunch. Younger students end their school day at lunchtime.
  • Students travel up to seven km each way.
  • Head teacher David Kikwai instituted a parental responsibility program, ensuring families are responsible for bicycle maintenance and repair of damage done by their children at school.

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Completed Phases

Kiprengwe Primary School Phase 5

Build 10 toilets for the Primary School.

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Kiprengwe Primary School Phase 4 (Kona Bike Project)

To provide one bike for each student at Kiprengwe Primary School.

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Kiprengwe Primary – Phases 1 to 3

Construction of toilets and classrooms.

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