Construction Of The School
The construction is designed for efficiency and permanence that will enable it to stand the test of time and become a symbol of stability to the region. The school is designed to easily convert classrooms to dormitories, as more space is needed for the coming grades. The first constructed building has both classrooms and dormitories for up through 3rd grade. The second building phase is constructed to meet the needs of the 4th – 6th graders. Currently we are planning the expansion process to incorporate buildings to grade 8 and a medical facility.
We are studying “off grid” ways of pumping water from the ground, solar energy to power electricity, cooking and heating water. We are using an innovative and inexpensive sand filtration system to ensure pure drinking water. The agricultural program will look into the latest hydroponics planting techniques for maximizing crop yields. Our school farm, dairy unit, chickens, pigs and tilapia ponds not only feed our children but also provide a micro economy selling back to the community milk and eggs. This creates financial sustainability.
The Nambale Magnet School is designed to be financially self-sustaining at its completion. Anticipated sources of income to support the school will be derived from:
- Paying student’s tuition
- Adult education
- School produced goods and services for sale
- Additionally, our use of alternative energy sources will minimize operating costs and increase efficiency
As is the case with most private schools, donations will always be appreciated to improve the school. However, the day-to-day operational costs will be covered with these built-in income streams.
Accomplishments to Date
- 2003: Birth of the concept of the Nambale Magnet School.
- 2005: Acquired a seven acre building parcel of land.
- 2006: Architectural Design and Drawings completed.
- 2007: Groundbreaking Ceremony.
- 2008: Completion of buildings for K- 3rd grades. Includes classrooms, dormitories, dining hall, kitchen facilities, bathing and bathroom facilities.
- 2009: Doors opened to our first elementary class January 12, 2009.
- 2012: Expansion built to accommodate the 5th and 6th grades.
- 2013: School open to grade 5 and highly ranked on the 4th grade district exams.
Future construction will include:
- Separate dormitory buildings for boys and girls
- A medical clinic for the children and teachers of the School
- Teacher housing on campus
- Building for high school students. Land will also need to be acquired for the high school. We estimate a need of additional, to hold the high school, vocational and agricultural centers, and the Conference Center.
- Construction of the Community/Retreat Center. This element is critical to meeting our financial self-sustaining goal. In addition, The Center will enhance community involvement. There is a significant demographic need for a gathering place in the Busia District for civic organizations, business groups, and church retreats. This community and retreat center will fill this gap within the community. This center will serve as a meeting place where information is gathered and shared among the community. Adult education from this facility will create financial sustainability as well.