The Kamariny Primary School Partnership
Cross World Africa has conducted projects in Western Kenya since 2007. Over the past ten years, our organization has been able to build lasting relationships with local families, officials and schools. One school in particular has embraced CWA, and this friendship has led to an exciting partnership that continues to grow.
Kamariny Primary School is located on the outskirts of Iten, Kenya. The community the school serves is rural, and most families practice subsistence farming. Children that attend Kamariny range from Kindergarten age to Standard 8 (4-16 years old). Although primary school fees are paid for by the government in Kenya, the students at Kamariny still need to buy their own uniforms, books and sport equipment. Cross World Africa has pledged to help meet those needs through a variety of programs at the School.
Cross World Africa works with the faculty at Kamariny to identify the school's needs for each academic year. It starts with the students. If there is a child or family that is struggling to afford their uniform or their school supplies, CWA sponsors that child. Each year, CWA delivers hundreds of new blue sweaters to students that need them most.
In addition to the uniform, CWA has partnered with the Cornell University Athletic department to deliver new soccer and basketball each year. CWA believes the learning occurs in the classroom as well as on the field, and we are thankful for Cornell and the University's continued support of our programs.
The partnership between CWA and Kamariny Primary would not be possible without the assistance of the school's principal Robert Kangugo Kiptoo. For the past five years, Robert has welcomed CWA into his school and has opened the door to our growing number of educational advancement projects at Kamariny. Kamariny has steadily produced high test scores and graduation rates, and is a standout public school in rural western Kenya. CWA hopes to build on our relationship so that the students of Kamariny can continue to succeed.