Ndogo Primary School

Date started: Ground Breaking Ceremony 2 September 2008

Date completed: February 2010 

Cost of project: £82,000

Size of school: Single stream school to be built for 320 pupils. In January 2017 there were 242 on role.


Ndogo School from the air

Ndogo Primary School taken just after the Handover ceremony. The staff quarters are on the left-hand-side of the picture and four of the former mud hut classrooms centrally placed on the left-hand boundary.

Ndogo Mud School

In February 2007 John Franklin, HM of Ardingly College, tells the parents and children of his plans to raise money for the new build. The mud school can be seen behind.

Ground breaking

In September 2008 Hugh Dayton, President of the Langalanga Scholars' Association, 'breaks the ground' in a colourful ceremony.

More info: This beautiful, purpose built school lies in a most beautiful area of unspoilt Africa. It is, perhaps, the most dramatic school we have yet built thanks to its location, quality of workmanship and the hope it brings to a desperate community. The parent body consists of a number of tribes all eking out a meagre existence.

The project was funded by Ardingly College, Sussex, England to commemorate their 150th anniversary since the foundation of that school by Nathaniel Woodard in 1858. A group of eight 6th Form Leavers and three members of staff visited the school when it was under construction in 2009. Other larger groups visited in 2010 and 2011.

Because of Ndogo's extreme remoteness, Kariandusi School Trust has converted what used to be Eburru Railway Station, built in 1903, into seven staff houses. Six of these are occupied. The Headmaster, himself an internally displaced person (IDP), was given the first choice. Staff absences are greatly reduced and thus teacher-pupil contact is increased. Electric cabling has been installed in the new homes and mains power is now available.

Thanks to substantial donations from generous donors, a kitchen has been constructed complete with a jiku (an economical wood burning stove) and a feeding programme has been started. Money for food has been raised from kind people in England and by Ardingly students. To make best use of the expensive kitchen and jiku we plan to feed the children for a minimum of five years. We will need more funds for food from September 2012 to achieve this.

Two water tanks collect any rain that falls onto the roof of the houses and the water is used by the staff and for watering the veg. patches that are run by the children themselves. The produce will be used to supplement lunchtime meals.

We continue to encourage the sparse local population to send their children to school. Ardingly College 6th formers served the first meal ever provided at the school during their visit in July 2011 (see photos).

In 2016 a b-door toilet for boys and another similar one for girls were funded by Ardingly and construction by 6th formers was a feature of the visit. Ardingly College is expected to visit the school again in 2017.

“Lunch is served, children!”  The first-ever cooked meal at Ndogo school.

Ardingly College 6th formers serve the first meal starting with the youngest in the ‘Early Child Development’ class to the oldest in Standard 8.

Ndogo schoolchildren happily receiving their first school meal. Learning will be so much easier with full stomachs.