Local Heroes is very grateful that Jan Leuiken – Principal of the Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar until the end of 2022 – has chosen Local Heroes as the recipient of fundraising on the occasion of his farewell. Parents, staff, students and other donors have given generously, enabling Local Heroes to donate the funds to Poghoi Primary school in Kenya to complete the much needed girls’ dormitory.
We are very happy that funds have been raised to complete the girl’s dormitory at the St Philip’s primary school in Poghoi, Kenya. The dormitory is key in order to protect the girls at the school, so that they can safely sleep there instead of walking many miles every day or to avoid being subjected to certain practices such as FGM, early marriages or pregnancies. Also, this helps to promote education for girls.
New class rooms are being built at this school in Peota thanks to fundraising by Dutch primary schools. The building project is fully managed locally, with the involvement and support of local hero Alexander Tidony and the ‘Samen Succes’ foundation. Peota Primary School offers room for 500 students and keeps growing. Some classes are even given outside due to lack of space. Therefore, the temporary buildings – made of clay and branches – need sustainable replacement (made of stone) and enlargement.
Peota Primary School, West Pokot, Mbara Valley, Kenya
Other picture: Alexander Tidony (left) in a temporary class room
Together with Local Hero Faith Kipyegon, Local Heroes supports 16 year old athletic talent Dorcas Cherop. Dorcas goes to school in Ainabko, near Eldoret, in Kenya, lives in Lewa Children’s Home and trains as a runner at their Junior Camp (a project also supported by Local Heroes). Her big dream is to follow in Faith’s footsteps and become a successful athlete. With the funds raised by a Dutch secondary school, we are happy to financially support Dorcas’ athletic endeavours and pay for her tuition fees, boarding and meals. Through the efforts of our donors, we look forward to supporting her in the coming years while Dorcas is in school, and to see her realizing her dreams and becoming a role model for other children in disadvantaged communities.
On March 18 the ice skating team of the Segbroek College and their coaches, led by Jan Pieter Tensen, did a fantastic job. After many laps on the ice rink of the Uithof in The Hague, the result of the fundraiser was a whopping EUR 4.000 for students in Africa through Local Heroes projects. What an impressive result!