Bringing Change From the Ground Up: The Nakuru Children’s Project
February 15, 2016
When we apply our ethos to practical architecture we see a building as having its own life and history, but we are often reminded that the very people sitting across us, too, have the most extraordinary stories to tell. Ann Pierce-Jones manages our very busy Conwy office and tells us her story of sponsoring Gloria, a young Kenyan girl, through her secondary education. “I believe that empowering the children through education and food programmes helps them to help themselves. Most importantly – I do this with ‘love’ not from a sense of ‘duty’.”
Ann works with Nakuru Children’s Project, a charity set up and run by three young women dedicated to relieving poverty and improving children’s education in Nakuru, Kenya. Working closely with local Kenyan project managers, teachers at the two schools the charity works with, they provide free lunch to the poorest 200 children, build classrooms, and provide sponsorship for the most vulnerable children in the community.
“They are inspirational in that they use Kenyan teachers rather than ‘shipping’ in educators, and I feel this is really important,” says Ann, who has worked with the charity for two and a half years, corresponding with Gloria for some time. Gloria is very verbose for her age, and describes her aspirations in her most recent letter: “As for me, I am still studying hard in order to become what I have been longing for all my life; a Doctor, and maybe one of the best in Africa.”
As one of the first volunteers for the Nakuru Children’s Project, Ann hopes to finally visit Kenya and meet Gloria in person later this year.
[Image left: Gloria, pictured left, with her family in Nakuru; image right: a letter from Gloria]