By the end of April 2015, a new building and new toilet block for Mekaela Ratinga Junior School was built in Ukunda in Mombasa. Up to 360 children can attend the school after construction. Condor and the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation will each put 38,500 euros in the project. With this support, ConTribute will first implement a project independently in a Condor destination as part of a partner cooperation with another corporate foundation.
The expansion will be accompanied by the Fly & Help Foundation and supported locally in Kenya by Watote e.V.
says Ralf Teckentrup, CEO at Condor.. With Fly & Help, we also found an excellent partner in which we especially appreciate their high level of commitment.
The project is located near the coastal town of Ukunda, a small town with about 50,000 residents. The Mekaela Academies in Kenya consist of a total of five schools in the Kwale district, about 50 kilometres south of Mombasa. Around 1,100 children are taught there at a secondary school and four primary schools. Nearly two-thirds of the students are sponsored by sponsorships and scholarships. In addition, the children receive a hot meal for only a few shillings as well as lessons.
Mekaela Ratinga Junior School is the fifth school under the umbrella of the Mekaela Academies. It was founded about three years ago by a Kenyan and developed with the financial support of two German couples from Ratingen near Dusseldorf. In August 2014, the two couples transferred the school to the Mekaela Academies. The quality of teaching at the Ratinga had not been satisfactory. This was to change with the help of Condor and the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation. The aim is to provide a quality education and in a few years a degree with which the students can attend secondary school.
Following the expansion, Ratinga can accommodate up to 360 children and employs ten teachers and four assistants. The class size should not exceed 40 children. To achieve this, eight additional rooms are needed: The expenses therefore include the construction and equipping of five additional classrooms, a staff room, a toilet block, and a library.