The Trust has presently taken on a project of building and equipping a Secondary School, to be named Shalom Secondary School.
Shalom is a small township situated in Munyaka Division of Laikipia County, Kenya. It is located 70 kilometers from Nyeri Town on the road to Nyahruru, formerly Thompsons Falls.
The township came into being after the 2007 Election violence that displaced thousands of people from Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Kericho & Bomet Counties. In an effort to settle the displaced peoples, the Government allocated land in four locations within the county, one being Shalom in Laikipia.
In 2011, the Government transported approximately 4000 families of displaced peoples – 10,000 men, women and children – to the Shalom Settlement Scheme. Each registered adult was allocated 2 acres fo land for farming and a further quarter acre for the construction of a residence – materials for which were also provided. Water & Power were eventually facilitated by the Government to central points and the community is surviving on subsistence farming.
A resident of Shalom, Mr. Simion Gathamah approached Sheetal Charitable Foundation in early 2018 requesting the construction of a Secondary School in Shalom township. Preliminary research and feasibility studies indicated that the area had two Primary Schools – one permanent, the other semi-permanent – to cater for hundreds of children within the Community. Whilst these schools accorded them a basic education, there was no facility for the children to proceed to Secondary and Tertiary Education as there was no Secondary School within a 7 kilometer radius of Shalom!
The Trust felt that this was indeed an important project as it would assist in promoting the education of the children in Shalom and perhaps elevate the standard of living of their parents through their successes. Also an important factor in the decision was the enthusiasm of the Governor of Laikipia, Hon. Ndiritu Muriithi, who not only assured all of Laikipia County’s full support, co-operation and commitment but provided a eight acre plot for construction of the school, adjoining Suguroi Primary School, in of the most picturesque locations in the area. The project was well in alignment with the Governor’s Education Plan for the County. Shalom Secondary School will eventually be providing Secondary Education for about 240 students – Boys and Girls.