Gentle Bells School, Longonot

"Persistence Pays" Esther Waweru, founder and headmistress

Gentle Bells School--KCEF's first Kenyan partner school--is in a poor, arid area of the Rift Valley an hour and a half northwest of Nairobi, on land purchased by and in a building built by KCEF. At the beginning of our partnership, in 2007, Gentle Bells was a preschool with 15 students; today 230 Longonot students in pre-K through eighth grade are getting a first-rate education--and breakfast and lunch every school day. This is very good news, since only half of Longonot's 1500 school-aged children attend school--the majority at a government school where class sizes exceed 100 and there is no lunch program.

In January 2015 KCEF helped the first 8th-grade graduates move on to several secondary schools in and around Nairobi. In addition to the classroom education and feeding program, KCEF helps with water collection, teacher continuing education, and the provision of One Laptop per Child computers.