from March 2009 Newsletter (Volume 4, Issue 1)
The small Maasai village of Nchaishi, in Kenya’s Maji Moto region, has received a grant from Asante Africa Foundation to help bring quality education to more than 200 primary school children in this very remote community. With only a single book in a class of 40 students and no teaching materials, teachers are creative and all classes sing to learn. During a visit to the school in 2008, the energy, pride and spirit of the students and teachers was contagious. The key to the uplifting environment can be attributed to the leadership philosophies of the Headmaster, Joseph Timayio Tikani.
Presently, teachers sacrificed their own living quarters, which consisted of sheet metal shacks, to provide more learning space. With the nearest source of water more than 2 kilometers away, and the school’s “kitchen” outside under brush trees, the school faces many challenges. Asante Africa’s initial starter grant will be used to build new, very basic teachers housing to help the community attract good teachers. Construction has already begun. Congratulations to Nchaishi! Asante Africa Foundation will keep our friends and supporters updated on this progress.