Built entirely by the Foundation,
the Sterling Academy opened in 2016 in
a previously unserved community.
In the 3 yrs since opening, we've gone from an enrollment of only 35 students, we now have
139 students and a list of potential students waiting
for a new dorm to be built. Designed with larger than normal room sizes for housing, teachers are incentivized to come and stay in this remote area. There are eight classrooms now, but they'll need
four more soon. Our 'longest range student' lives 20 kilometers away and makes that trip daily,
despite dangerous animals in the surrounding hills.
We're purchasing a SkyGo (motorcycle/truck hybrid) to be used as a school bus of sorts to make the journey safer for children that live at distance from the school. The Academy is about 18 miles from the nearest pre-existing school.
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The Sterling Academy
Some of the students at Endoinyo Erinka - the first school the Foundation started supporting.
With enrollments increasing every year and classrooms stuffed so full there were 3 students at every desk and not enough supplies, teachers or toilets, each addition leads to increased needs.
A new well was needed as students were having to spend a half day walking to carry water back to the school. Not enough beds (or even enough bedding!) meant the purchase of mattresses and then the building of new dorms for an expanding student body.
Endoinyo Erinka is a public primary school in Narok South in the Rift Valley. The pupil to classroom ratio in this school is 57:1. There are total 13 classrooms, 7 boys toilets, 6 girls toilets and 3 teachers toilets. The total numbers of students enrolled in this school are 749.
Since our beginning with this school in 2012, the Foundation has built four new teacher housing units, four new kindergarten classrooms, seven new general classrooms, new latrines, two dorms which house 150 students, and a new, deeper well after theirs ran dry. We've provided dozens of new desks, sixteen computers, 700 workbooks and pens annually, and cover tuition costs every year for 97 K-8th grade students.
Endoinyo Erinka has increased their National Mean Exam Score every single year since 2012 despite the number of new students arriving each year and is now regarded as one of the best schools in the entire Maasai Mara.
400 Students, in ultra crowded conditions, 70 to a class and 4 to each bed. A new dorm (120 beds) and 5 classrooms open before the end of 2019. The girls stay yr round - they don't go home for holidays K-12 grades.
Shinka explains the water catchment system at Sterling Academy
Walter Omondi - the IT teacher at Endoinyo Erinka
Sapawoi Kumum - Head Teacher at Endoinyo Erinka
Namumyak Girls School