The Kipungani Schools Trust
Class at Kipangani village
The KST Kipungani School Trust was founded in 1999 by John Seagrim, Georgina Hood and Cas Donald.
The first School to be re built was the Kipungani Primary School. Since then the KST has gone on to build 12 more primary schools.
Due to the increase in student numbers KST also supports extra teachers for most of the schools. KST also tries to help with as many scholarships as it can and to date there are over 40 children receiving these.
"The Kipungani Schools Trust aims to be the best of British philanthropy in Africa. It is a small-scale charity that is effective, empowering and enriching. By carefully rebuilding and enlarging primary schools with the cooperation and support of their local communities, The Kipungani Schools Trust offers Kenyan children and their families a hand-up, not a hand-out."
John Seagrim, chairman of The Kipungani Schools Trust.
KST and Kizingo work together in trying to help with schools in the area between Lamu and Malindi. They visit schools that require help and these usually have an affiliation with one of Kizingo's staff.
In this way the Kizingo team is like the guardian to all our projects, and consequently we all feel proud of what the KST has achieved.
All these schools are built with local craftsman so giving the community of that school a sense of achievement and pride, which can encourage small injections of money.
Due to the regular visits, dedication and commitment of John, Georgina and Cas, the schools all feel they need to be on-going in achieving ever higher standards and better results as a mark of their appreciation and to ensure the Trust's continued interest and support. Their attention continues even when a project has been completed. All manage to come out at least twice a year at their own expense to visit all the schools and offer help and encouragment.
A big thank you goes out to all those from afar and for those who have stayed at Kizingo and helped personally or by spreading the word. The KST success would not have been possible without you all.
You can download the 2011 Annual Report, Chairmans Statement.
Donations can be made to The Kipungani Schools Trust (Registered Charity No. 1080588) at 9 Shalcomb Street, London SW10 0HZ.