Dreams Take Root

07/17/2020

Our Journey from 2009 - Present


In 2009-2010 we took in 30 unschooled children in the slum area of Mwembelegeza, Mombasa, to teach them the alphabet, math, and basic academics.
In 2009-2010 we took in 30 unschooled children in the slum area of Mwembelegeza, Mombasa, to teach them the alphabet, math, and basic academics.
In 2011  We bought land in the Mida region among the Giriama tribe, in the north of Mombasa. We envisioned training young people in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.   We also rented 4 new rooms to keep up with our growing school.
In 2011 We bought land in the Mida region among the Giriama tribe, in the north of Mombasa. We envisioned training young people in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. We also rented 4 new rooms to keep up with our growing school.
In 2012 Thamani Society of Kenya was founded to help with the management of the school. In 2013 Thamani Deutschland e.V. was founded as a sister organization in Germany.
In 2012 Thamani Society of Kenya was founded to help with the management of the school. In 2013 Thamani Deutschland e.V. was founded as a sister organization in Germany.
In 2014 the school grew to 80 children and 8 teachers. A small plot was purchased for the school in Bamburi, Mombasa. School uniforms were introduced, which help with security and unity among the children.
In 2014 the school grew to 80 children and 8 teachers. A small plot was purchased for the school in Bamburi, Mombasa. School uniforms were introduced, which help with security and unity among the children.

In 2015 - 2016 we started building on our plot. We built classrooms using metal sheeting, and dug a soak pit. We dug a well, which finally gave us running water!

The children also went on their first school trip, some of the children had never left the area before.
The children also went on their first school trip, some of the children had never left the area before.

In 2017 the school building project was accomplished! 10 classrooms, a staff room, an office, a kitchen, and a sanitary track. 

In 2018 Thamani Kindergarten and Primary school were officially registered by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kenya.
In 2018 Thamani Kindergarten and Primary school were officially registered by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kenya.

In 2019 Thamani Kindergarten and Primary School were licensed to offer the national Kenyan Primary Certificate Examination (KPCE). The children that we started with in 2009 took the KPCE and achieved a high pass rate, enabling them to go on to secondary school. 

In 2020 we introduced a scholarship program for our former students who passed the examination and went to boarding schools, so they can focus on their studies and extracurricular activities.
In 2020 we introduced a scholarship program for our former students who passed the examination and went to boarding schools, so they can focus on their studies and extracurricular activities.
We also started sustainable agriculture projects on our land in Mida so we can start working toward self-sufficiency. We are currently growing fruits and vegetables and building a fence to protect the produce from baboons (and any other unauthorized, but interested, parties!)
We also started sustainable agriculture projects on our land in Mida so we can start working toward self-sufficiency. We are currently growing fruits and vegetables and building a fence to protect the produce from baboons (and any other unauthorized, but interested, parties!)

All pictures have been approved by those photographed, or by their parents in the case of a child.