Building a Green School in Kenya

By Torsten


August 10, 2016

Back in January 2015 the original idea, to help the Korando Educational Center in Kenya, was to replace their temporary school structures with permanent buildings.

Shouldn’t cost that much I thought. You see it all the time that people build “schools” for $25,000 to $30,000. Like Pencils of Promise.

But the truth is, that’s just marketing. They never build an entire school. What they build is a classroom block with 2 or 3 classes.

A primary school for example needs 8 classes + headteacher and teacher offices + dining hall. And since we also have a nursery school we need another 3 classrooms.

Then there is the government which tells us that the classes have to be national standard sized even though we’ve way less children. They don’t care. It’s bureaucracy at its finest.

So in our case, each classroom will cost a minimum of $15,000. We are looking at not less then $200,000 in total to build this school. That’s quite a number isn’t it.

Definitely not impossible. We just need to find the right philantrophist or organization which has grants for such projects available.

Still, this isn’t an easy one. And it takes quite some headspace from my side.

Especially because we want it to be sustainable. Not just a building but a whole concept how the school will eventually sustain itself. That’s very important for us. Again, not an easy one.

So while I struggle to get my own life in order and sustain myself, I also deal with these topics which add extra weight onto my shoulders.

I’ll get there.

What ever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. – Goethe

Talk soon,



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