VOLUNTEERS FOUNDATION ACADEMY
A dream has become true!
In 2016 we founded Volunteers Foundation Academy, a primary school based in Kibera which welcomes children coming from St. Monica nursery.
Initially, we started by renting two classrooms at a local independent school but plans to move into our own space have been going on since then. Finding the right place, in the right position and at the right price proved to be very challenging.
Finally, just on the outskirts of Kibera, in Otiende, we have found our piece of heaven.
The plot originally was occupied by two semi-detached houses, surrounded by a small garden. After acquiring the plot, we have commissioned refurbishing works and by April 2019 we were able to celebrate the school opening!
The school hosts today 5 classrooms (with a plan to grow to 8), dining area, toilets facilities and kitchen. The garden has been planted as a vegetable patch to provide healthy and fresh vegetables for the students' meals.
By setting up and manage our own school building, we will be able to set the standards and control the quality of education delivered while being more cost-efficient.
Sky is the limit! Looking at the long term, we are already planning a school extension to allow form more students and better facilities, to make VF Academy a world-class high standard educational institution in the heart of one of the most challenging environments in Africa.
We are engaging with individuals, companies and institutions which one to be part of that and help us to prove that a better world is possible.
A glimpse into the future
As part of the VF 2021-2025 Vision, we have made a review of the current facilities and identify the key areas of improvements for the future. In particular we have identify the extension of the VF Academy as one of the key enabler to allow full implementation of the mission of Volunteers Foundation in the next 5 years.
The school is in fact at the centre of the creation of the Knowledge Hub, a center of excellence to deliver educational contents to students, teachers and the rest of the community. VF Academy is not only a primary school, but also a youth community center for studying and tutoring, an adult training center, a teacher training centre, a health preside and innovation hub.
To be able to implement the above, we need state of the art facilities which comply with the strictest building and health and safety regulations.
We have partnered with Betts & Townsend Construction Project Management Ltd. in an expansion and refurbishment programme, hoping to increase the capacity of the school, as well as receive a face lift, with the main goal being effective and efficient sustainable use of space. Some initial images of the new planned building are displayed below.
The long term project is based on different phases: submission and obtainment of all the relevant permits and documentation, completion of the fundraising campaign to fund the building works, identification of the building contractors and finally, building.
We would like to thank Betts & Townsend for the excellent work done so far and for their continued support.
If you want more information about the VF Academy expansion please get in touch.
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