Samara Visram grew up besides the Kikambala village in Kilifi County, Kenya, which is home to about 20,000 people who live in abject poverty. When I was younger, I realized that many students younger than me couldn’t attend Secondary School because there was a lack of them in our area. I decided that I would do whatever I could to make sure that we, the Kikambala community could build a Secondary School here.
It took me a couple of years to go from working with the community to figure out what they needed in a Secondary School, to designing the school with them, to trying to convince the government to give me the necessary approvals to begin construction.
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I was told as a young girl in Kenya that this was impossible, and that there was no way I could complete this project. We’re no where close to completing the project, but we managed to design the school with the Kilifi County Architect, who was assigned to us by the Governor of Kilifi, we received a donation of 3.9 acres of land for the school from the Church, we signed an MOU with the local Church (who will be managing and owning the school upon completion), we received all the necessary certifications and approvals from the Government and Environmental Authorities in Kenya, and we’re ready to start fundraising!!!
My late mum worked hard to fight child trafficking and poverty in the village. She spent her last couple of years giving her everything to this. This is my way of connecting with her, fighting for her and working to beat poverty, as I truly believe that education is the way to do so.
It would mean so much to me if you could please share this with the Wakenya family.
By Samara Visram