Empakasi Primary School

Empakasi Primary School

Visiting Empakasi School- 2013

Visiting Empakasi School- 2013

Location: Kitengela, Kenya, southeast of Nairobi
Former Colorado Partner School: Eagle Crest Elementary, Longmont, Colorado, USA
Time as a Partner School: Partnered with Eagle Crest Elementary in 2013
Number of Students: Approximately 450, preschool to age 15
Number of Teachers: Approximately 10
History: Remote school surrounded by Nairobi National Park; adopted into Kenya public school system; have received considerable assistance through the years from Dr. George Jones from United States International University in Nairobi and the Kenya Wildlife Service, which takes some responsibility for Empakasi’s welfare considering that it is surrounded on three sides by Nairobi National Park.
Amenities: Two solid school buildings; two teacher cottages; a kitchen building; a large greenhouse and open garden; a 500-chicken coup; a nearby bore hole for water as well as a 2 rainwater collection tanks.
Needs: There is no sustainable method of cooking at the school, despite the kitchen building; there is no mode of transportation for the students to school; sporadic electricity; poor sanitation.

In 2013 we partnered with Empakasi school, during that time, we were fortunate to work with many dedicated and talented people. Unfortunately, we did not have the full cooperation of certain strategic staff members, impeding the development of a system of transparency like the accountability structures we have in place at our other partner schools. Until such a system is present, we are unable to invest further in this school or continue its partnership with Eagle Crest Elementary. Therefore, in 2017 we discontinued our partnership with Empakasi school for the time being.  This does not mean that we will not help Empakasi children as we can. In close partnership with other individuals and organizations, we have supported ways to benefit children directly through scholarship programs and student medical and vision care.