About the school
Mission s statement; connecting children with their dreams and creating agents of change and kindness for the Maasai people and the world.
Eluanata Primary School is in the Maasai region of Kenya, approximately 160 km sout of Nairobi, Kenya and 20 km north of the Kenya and Tanzanian border. The entire school was built by donations of kind people.
Eluanata primary school was started by Rev Joseph Oloimooja on June 22, 1991 under an acacia tree. The school now has a population of 450 children from K- 8th grade. It is the first and the only primary school run exclusively by the Maasai people in Kenya.
- Eight classrooms
- A kindergarten/ Nursery schoolroom
- Administration block
- Teachers' houses
The entire school just got clean running water from the new Kindness borehole and electricity generated from solar panels. Electricity is on its way to the school and this will enable students to have computers and be able to study at night as well.
The school started with 7 students in 1991, and by 2015, the school has 450 students, boys and girls. The girls constitute 60% percent of school enrollment. The students range from 4 to 13 years of age. Since 1999 over 300 students have graduated successfully and joined high schools in different parts of Kenya.
- Lack for funding is preventing us from having a boarding program whereby students can stay away from destruction and concentrate on their education. Pray with us for this to be a reality.
- Toilets: Latrines are being shared by boys and girls due to lack of funds to build toilets for both genders. The cost of toilet is just $3000.
- Computers. The government of Kenya and politicians have promised this community laptop computers for over 6 years now. They are still waiting. Please help me help them.
- The need of text books. Whenever we get some text books they are very scarce and between two and three students are assigned to share a textbook.
The most unique approach about Eluanata Primary School is the western and Maasai integrated curriculum. Such approach has never before been attempted. The integration of western and Maasai educational learning systems is vital to the success of the Maasai people, following the priorities, needs and interest of the Maasai community. Such an integrated learning system allows Maasai children to be effective locally and outside Maasai boundary. Following are subjects taught at Eluanata Primary School.
- Languages: Maasai, Swahili, and English
- Geography, History & Civics
Extra curricula activities
- Drama, music, and dance
- Maasai oral literature and Traditions
The community encourages self-discipline rather than discipline through foreign rules. Younger students are encouraged to become positive role models for future generations. This idea cultivates the Maasai traditional principle of intergenerational support system.
Each villager with a child in school has to sell a goat, sheep or cow, every three months, for fees, uniform, desk, and extra learning materials for his/ her child. These items cost each parent an estimated $300 a year. It is mandatory for each child to wear a school uniform in Kenya’s public schools.
Lunch is served to students every day, five days a week whenever we have food. Sometimes we don’t have any food to feed the students. Without this food program most students would not be able to attend afternoon classes, as many of them live in villages five miles away from the school.
The school has eleven (11) teachers well qualified teacher. The government pays them but kindness mission assist in their professional development. Teachers have free housing accommodation with running water. Most schools in Kenya do not provide free housing for teachers.
The school is managed by a committee, a group of 12 men and women, collectively appointed by members of Eluanata community. Each community member participates in the decision-making processes including the evaluation of teaching methodologies and school projects.
Community members work to achieve the following:
- Community empowerment through Western and Maasai integrated learning system
- Global awareness
- Education that is culturally sensitive to the Maasai way of life
Kindness Mission currently supports the building, development, and support of nursery and Eluanata primary school. In addition, Kindness Mission assists certain needy 8th, grade graduates who are headed to secondary school education (High School ) students continue their education in other locations because we don’t have a secondary school in Eluanata village just yet. In the future, Kindness Mission plans to expand Eluanata Primary to add a secondary school as well so this village children can receive quality education without ever leaving home like my children here in the States. Kindness Mission also sponsors Eluanata primary school graduates who have finished their secondary education and are headed to college.
100% of all education donations received by Kindness Mission go to Eluanata primary school or to the schools where graduates of Eluanata primary school students are studying for their secondary education or university education. The administrative costs of Kindness Mission are covered by donations made expressly for that purpose, and no one at Kindness Mission receives any payment for services provided to the organization.
Sponsoring a child to attend Eluanata primary school.
Sponsoring a child to attend Eluanata primary school is $25per month. This will cover the child’s tuition as well as a uniform and bag. Your child will be given your name and some children choose to write their sponsors. Although we hope that sponsors will consider continuing their sponsorship from year to year, this is certainly not necessary. If you would like to sponsor a child, please use the “donation” button and make a note in the paypal comments that your donation is intended to be a sponsorship. If you have a preference of age, gender, or school, please note that as well. We select children for sponsorship based on need and you will be provided with the background of your child. To support one of the 450 needy children click here