The Holy family school is found in Siongiroi, a small village in Bomet province that lies on a plateau on the border of the immense Massai Mara savannah.
The school, which has both an elementary and high school, hosts more than 800 children from the village and various other areas of Kenya, with some of them having to travel several hours to arrive. Because of this distance the students are residents in the school; that is, the live and sleep on the school’s property which extends over a large area and includes the classrooms, dormitories, playing fields, and the school garden.
This garden, which was created thanks to the work of the school’s director, Father Christopher Rotich, plays a fundamental role in bringing the students and their families into closer contact with agriculture.
Roughly half an acre in size, the garden is fenced in and lies directly beside the classrooms. The students cultivate potatoes, corn, sugar cane, and some local vegetable varieties like sukuma (also known as colewort, a type of collard green). The project aims to further implement the students’ gardening activities, so as to increase the garden’s biodiversity and also to reinforce the sustainability of the cultivation practices that they have adopted. The initiatives will be undertaken in collaboration with the Sognavamo l’Africa association, which works with the school and village to support and promote the various development activities that are in place to help the local community.
Siongiroi village, Bomet County
Father Christopher Rotich