Andy Walz of Wilderness Inquiry Minneapolis MN with 11 other Wilderness Inquiry participants came over to Kenya in Sept 2006 for an incredible safari. They were met by Richard Muthoga, a seasoned native guide and Wilderness Educator from Kenya who runs Kiboko Wilderness Adventures. Muthoga decided to take them to tour his primary school (elementary school) which he attended from kindergarten to standard 8(eighth grade) before proceeding to high school and college level.
All the participants were from United States of America and were saddened by the lack of basic amenities that prevailed in this school. Lack of good infrastructure such as classrooms, desks, learning materials, clean water and many more were evident.
Everyone in that trip vowed to change the face of this school. To start with they had carried school supplies which they donated. These items motivated the kids very much as evidenced in the results of end year exam result. The school scooped the trophy of the best improved school in the division level (county). In conjunction with Richard Muthoga who apart from guiding tourists in this East African region, Muthoga is also involved in communities' activities in various villages in Kenya. Together with different welfare associations, community based organizations, Kenyan and other International non governmental organization, he works tirelessly to improve living conditions of impoverished villages by participating in harambee, meetings and other functions related to the well being of the community.
On the other hand when Andy Walz returned to the US, he continued to put more effort on the Kambi Pry School project. He designed a web site for Kambi and in so doing managed to raise funds which helped to build 2 modern classrooms in the Kambi and also equip them with desks. Muthoga volunteered much of his time coordinating this project. At the same time the clients who participates in Kiboko Wilderness Adventures trips and willing to visit Kambi and other Schools bring with them more school supplies. So far many schools in this region have benefited. The people of good will are proud of these projects and we look forward to a bright future for these youngsters.
We envision Kambi Primary school community and their families having the opportunity to receive quality education to define their futures. Quality education will be made available by providing physical infrastructure such as classrooms and desks. Also awarding scholarship and sponsorship to the highly motivated and academically gifted children.
I therefore humbly and kindly urge everyone to continue with this noble goal as it is my believe that every child deserves an education and the opportunity to choose their future, regardless of the geographical location they are born in. Through education, every child can make their dream a reality, help their families struggle less and break the vicious cycle of poverty. At the end they will become self sufficient as the saying goes' instead of giving someone fish teach them how to fish;
Once again thank you for all your effort. Asante sana