Thamani Kindergarten & Primary School


Our goal is to provide quality education based on Christian values so that children and youth can realize their God-given gifts and potential, transform their communities, and break the cycle of poverty. 

Thamani Primary School was founded in 2009. Our mission: inspire and equip the children of the Mombasa region to become all God created them to be, prepare them for a practical vocation, and along the way help them build a relationship with their True Hope - Jesus Christ. 

In October 2019, our first group of Class 8 pupils sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary School Education (K.C.P.E.), and 11 of the 13 who took the exam passed! When we consider the challenges they've faced and the obstacles they've overcome on their path to completing primary school, we have reason indeed to rejoice!

Thamani Kindergarten and Primary School is in Bamburi, Mombasa. We've grown to 200 students, 10 teachers, a cook, a cleaner, and a watchman. We have 3 Kindergarten classes and 8 primary school classes, with children ranging in age from 3 to 17 years old.

The students come from very poor families in the nearby slum area. Thamani's cook provides them with a warm meal daily - for some, this might be the only warm meal they have that day!

We own the plot where we've built temporary school buildings from metal sheeting. We've installed permanent toilets that are up to government code, and have also dug a well for water.

Today the school is run on donations, but our vision is for our agricultural projects to financially support the school.

The parents who are able are encouraged to contribute what they can toward the daily meal and school uniforms (2020 update: we are also applying for a government grant to cover meals for the children).

Donations from our partners cover salaries for the teachers and staff, text books, school administration work, utilities, and extracurricular activities, such as sports competitions.

Speak Swahili!

Education is usually conducted in English in Kenya, so most Kenyans are bilingual in English and Swahili (at least! Many also speak one or more tribal languages). 

Here are some common phrases in Swahili:
Jambo!                                              Hello! 
Habari yako?                                    How are you? 
Jina lako nani?                                 What is your name? 
Jina langu ni...                                  My name is... 
Hakuna matata                                No problem 
Asante sana                                     Thanks very much 
Napenda/Tunapenda                      I like / we like 
Tutaonana                                       See you later 
Kwa heri                                          Goodbye 
Watoto                                             Children

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."

                                -Ephesians 2:10