About Us

In 1992, tribal clashes started in parts of the Rift Valley with devastating effects. Many Kikuyu villages were burned and the occupants forced to move away taking nothing with them. Slowly, communities resettled in areas like Kariandusi eking a living and building basic homes. In 1993, Kariandusi Primary School was started with just 35 pupils taught in mud walled classrooms. These were still in use when Col. Harry Vialou Clark visited Kariandusi in 2000 with his wife, Alison. Pupil numbers had grown to 135.

School constructionIn 2002, the school roof was blown off and Col. Vialou Clark pledged to construct a new permanent stone-built school. On his return to England he, Alison and Charlie Hopkinson, Director of Dragoman Overland, made arrangements to start up a charity in order to raise the £55,000 needed to construct a new permanent school. Eight classrooms were constructed with a library, staffroom and administration offices and stores. This was the beginning of the Kariandusi School Trust (KST), now registered charity number 1101103.

The enrolment now is 512. From their modest beginnings in 1993, over fifteen times the number of young children now receive a good basic education at this lovely school in this Rift Valley community. Additional classrooms were needed to cope with the explosion in pupil numbers so a further four classrooms were built in 2009 and four more in early 2010.

Now in 2017 about 7,500 children are taught in our schools.

Our Objectives
The advancement of education amongst children and young people primarily but not exclusively in Kariandusi, Kenya, in particular but not by way of limitation by the provision of schools and school facilities and education materials and the relief of poverty by the provision of assistance towards school fees.

Want to know more about the people behind Kariandusi School Trust?

Harry Vialou Clark MBE
Alison Vialou Clark
Sue Phelps
Rafe Clutton

Hon Treasurer
Rosemary Pryce

Hon Auditor
Amanda Cavanagh



The inner courtyard today at the new Kariandusi Primary School, with magnificent Bougainvillea displays