Educate Enkerende is a British Registered Charity (no. 1168862) with the objective of raising funds to build a new school in the village of Enkerende in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.
The pupils of Enkerende village are currently taught in a church building. The church was built in October 2004 for the local community and has served as Enkerende school since then; however, the building is now in a state of disrepair and inadequate for the school’s needs. We hope to provide an individual school building for the community, providing focused education and allowing the church to regain its purpose.
Who we are
Educate Enkerende is a charity founded by Amie Engström and Olivia Parson in August 2016. Amie and Olivia first heard about the village of Enkerende when they were pupils at King’s School Worcester. Both Amie and Olivia have full-time jobs, but use their free time to help the community of Enkerende as much as they can via this charity.
How it began & what we’ve achieved
In 2010, whilst at school, Amie and Olivia were told about Enkerende village and how the children were from a poor community in need of toys and learning materials. Amie and Olivia, along with other pupils, sent shoe boxes with supplies to the children of Enkerende.
When Olivia saw how this small gesture affected the children of Enkerende, she decided to find a means of volunteering in the community during her gap year in 2012. With the aid of Ngerende Island Lodge, Olivia taught in Enkerende school for two weeks. The experience left a lasting impression on her.
In 2013, Amie decided to volunteer for 3 weeks in Enkerende upon hearing about Olivia’s experience. When Amie returned, she updated Olivia about the community and the heightened need for a new school in the area due to the degradation of the current church building. This was when the vision for Educate Enkerende began, and Amie and Olivia set out to take on the challenge and set up a charity to build a school for the children and community they had been so powerfully inspired by.
Where we work
Enkerende village is situated on the Olchoro – Oirogua Conservation Ranch, bordering the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. It is approximately 120 km from the town of Narok.
Who the school will benefit
Up to 140 children have lived in Enkerende and been taught in the current church building. The children love going to school and have such a thirst for knowledge, but it is hard for them to learn in the current space. The pupils have to share old textbooks and must take it in turns to be taught. The church windows have fallen down and the weather blows through the building, exposing the children to the elements. A new, bigger school building will genuinely transform the community’s education and the opportunities available to the pupils to fulfil and exceed their ambitions.