Oundle School launches bid to build theatre for children in Kenya

Children at the school in Kenya.
Children at the school in Kenya.

Oundle School has launched a campaign to raise £33,000 to build a theatre at a school in Kenya.

Last October Oundle’s theatre director Naomi Jones visited Kenya with a group of pupils, spending time with the children at Ngecho School in Gilgil.

Ngecho was founded in 2006 by Harambee Schools Kenya (HSK) to provide children with affordable secondary education.

Over the past decade Ngecho has grown rapidly and now teaches 350 students. It is considered one of the best schools in the Naivasha District.

Classrooms, science labs and toilet blocks have all been constructed, but one project remains incomplete – the construction of an assembly hall.

Funds have now been secured to start work on a 25m hall where assemblies, exams and dining will take place. Building is due to start at the end of January.

Oundle School would like to raise a further £33,000 to build a stage at the far end of the hall complete with backstage facilities, comprising of two dressing rooms, two toilets and a storage space above.

Miss Jones said: “It will be a mini Stahl in Kenya.

“A total of £10,000 has already been raised – now we are seeking your support to reach our target.

“Beyond the cultural and artistic benefits of such a project, sustainability remains a key dilemma in any charitable venture.

“Once operational, Ngecho School will also be able to hire out the hall and stage for local and national events, thereby providing the school with an income.”

If you would like to donate you can select the ‘make a donation’ option when buying tickets for shows at the Stahl Theatre in Oundle online.

For £50 you can buy a block of ‘Stahl Kenya’.

A corresponding block will be inscribed with your name on a wall of the foyer in the Stahl Theatre, Oundle, for all to see.

To buy a block go to the fundraising site.

For any further information, call Naomi Jones on 01832 277300 or email nmj@oundleschool.org.uk.