We are supporting a number of education projects in Western Kenya and in Maasailand. In Western Kenya these are centred around the district of Mbita and in Maasailand at Iltalala, not far from Maji Moto about 30 miles south of Narok, at Labentera, close by the small town of Ngoswani on the edge of the Siana Plains, and deep in the Loita Hills around Olorte.

The key goal of these projects is to improve the education prospects in these rural areas for children generally and girls in particular.

In many cases the nearest schools are too far away for young children to walk to. This has to be understood in the context of the region where there is very little private transport and the cost of public transport means it is not an option for poor, rural communities. This means that children are expected to, and do, walk several miles each way to and from school every day. The distances involved often mean younger children are not physically able to get to school.

The nursery school for Iltalala has already been built and furnished but funding is always needed for resources and materials as well as salaries for teachers. The area has a high number of orphans and getting these kids into education is a significant issue in this part of the world. We are looking to help provide the funding for these children through individual sponsors. The cost of supporting an orphan in a secondary boarding school is generally between £300 and £400 per annum, much less if they are being supported by their extended family and don't need to board.

In Western Kenya we are involved in a number of projects ranging from building new classrooms and supporting a new primary school that caters for a high number of orphans. In Maasailand we are supporting the debvelopment of new, local education facilities in a number of locations.

Some of our other projects also have a direct impact on education. For example many girls are denied an education because they are kept busy with household chores, including walking many miles to fetch water. Providing communities with easier access to water means many girls are able to spend more time in school. Another area of support that can immediately improve girls' education prospects by 25% is through the provision of sanitary towels. Many girls miss a week of school each month, while they are having a period, because they can't afford any sanitary products. A reusable sanitary towel kit can be provided for about the price of a pint of beer!

One of our big education projects is based at the Labentera community where we are building a new nursery school. At the moment the younger children in this area are denied early-years schooling because they live too far away from the nearest school, or are too young to walk the several miles each way. The community has acquired the land for the school and we are currently raising the money to build this and hope to make a start on construction early in 2013. At the same time we are helping the community to develop its revenue earning potential so that it will be able to meet the ongoing costs of supporting the school, provide resources and teachers' salaries rather than continuing to rely on external support.