Kiotani (Swahili for ‘Inside the nest’) is a Primary School and Boarding Facility for more than 200 children, including highly vulnerable and orphaned children from our surrounding communities. We have a running farm that helps support the education as well as nutrition of our children.
Kiotani admits children from grade 4 through Junior High School.
Over the years our work within the community has indicated the necessity to provide a safe haven for vulnerable children. Positive Life Kenya is often challenged with how and where to care for children who are either abandoned or whose parents are deceased. Thanks to the support of Sponsors for Kenya, New Hope Foundation, and individual donors and supporters, we have been able to buy 10 acres of land equipped for a complete school and boarding facility in Lukenya Hills, including a greenhouse, a playground, a livestock house, water well, solar panels, dormitories, and classrooms.
Kiotani is a project that has a strong emphasis on sustainable development. We have installed solar panels to ensure sustainability and reduce electricity costs. The greenhouse and crop field are used to grow different crops such as tomatoes, kale, spinach, eggplant, and onions. Additionally, goats, chickens and cows are also used to provide food for the children and create revenue for the school.
Kiotani is flourishing with fruit and vegetable plants, kids are having a blast and we continue to grow and improve our infrastructure
Improve access to basic school facilities for orphaned and vulnerable children from settlement areas around Mlolongo.
Improve health, education, and security outcomes for these children.
Ensure these children have the education and resources to maximize their potential.
Our day school located in the Kicheko settlement areas of Mlolongo that provides education and daily nutrition to more than 100 vulnerable children who are in between playgroup and grade. Tumaini (Swahili for “hope”) encourages children who would otherwise not have access to education.
During the day in the slums, a lot of parents and caregivers are out doing various jobs to earn an income. A lot of children are left on their own, which can be very dangerous for small children. Because their parents or caregivers cannot afford to pay for the school fees, children lack active care during the day and are prone to bad influence, dirt, and abuse.
The program gathers together the children from the slums and gives them care and education during the day until their mothers or guardians pick them up in the afternoon. These children are offered protection, they are introduced to early childhood education, they do outdoor games and are given at least one hot meal during daycare. Sometimes there is no food at home and this meal could be the only meal the child gets throughout day.
The goal of the program is to develop a full professional school where the children are prepared to join the main stream primary school institutions, which are supposed to be free for all children in Kenya, however, parents are faced with additional fees (e.g. exam fees, tuition fees, school uniforms, among other small costs). Many times this leads to a child being suspended from school and sometimes do not return.