Kenya Community Service Responsibility
Community Based Organisations
Neighbourhood Academy Kenya
Teaching the awesome potential of being Human
Teaching the values of heroes who compassionately crusaded for peace
using excellence, dignity, and endurance as their weapons of choice
6752 Bancroft St. PO Box 642 Hiram, Ohio 44234-0642 330-569-4912
John Kirubi and Margaret Njeri Kirubi
Neighbourhood School located in Engoshura, Kenya
• In 2003, John and Margaret Kirubi started a school in their own home in Engoshura, Kenya because many children were left alone during the day as their parents looked for work. Initially, seven students came to the school via word-of-mouth. Today, ninety-eight students are attending; they are given lunch when they come to school and uniforms. Only 20 students are able to pay; this money pays the teachers. Most families earn less than $1 per day.
Many students are turned away from the Neighbourhood School because the school does not have enough water. A water borehole would provide the students with water for drinking, bathing, and for crop irrigation. Some students have no parents, most have only one parent; some have AIDS.
John Kirubi now works in Cleveland taking care of six elderly people at a retirement center. He earns $500 every two weeks. Each month John sends $300 to Margaret in Kenya via Western
Union. This money buys water, food, and supplies for the ninety-eight students. The Kenya government gives no money to the school.
Margaret Kirubi lives with twenty orphaned students in the school. They stay in her house.
In Kenya Students must pay for kindergarten through 8th grade. All 8th grade students must pass a Kenya standardized test from a national accreditation agency in order to go to high school. All of the Neighbourhood School students pass this exam attesting to the quality of the education Neighbourhood School provides.