Welcome to Ex-Lewa.
This is where it all started.

The Gundua Foundation aims to help improve reading and writing skills and the general educational level in the developing countries.

These are prerequisites for democracy and good living standards. The Foundation works primarily through concrete efforts in education, starting in Africa.

Giving children and young people the chance to go to school and to receive a proper education is one of the most important tasks of any society. Education is a win-win situation whether you see it as an investment in economic growth and increased wellbeing, as a powerful tool against poverty, social prejudices and forms of extremism, or the individual level, where education gives people substantially better possibilities for getting a job and being able to support themselves.

Support Gundua

Would you like to support the Gundua Foundation? Please contact Richard Ohlson on +46 10 212 20 00, or by e-mail: richard.ohlson@intellecta.se

Donation from Sweden

Bankgiro: 900-2163

Plusgiro: 90 02 16-3

Swish: 123 900 21 63

Donations from abroad

Bank: Swedbank

SWIFT/BIC: SWEDSESS

IBAN: SE4180000816619036731090

Account number: 81661-903 673 109-0

The Crown Princess

H.K.H. Crown Princess Victoria is a committed patron of the Gundua Foundation. The Crown Princess takes her assignment very seriously and looks forward to continuing the work with the foundation’s investment in education and health care in Ex-Lewa.

Kronprinsessan

– I am involved in a number of foundations and charities, and many of them involve working with children. It is impossible not to be inspired by my mother, who always has been a driving force for the World Childhood Foundation. The purpose – to improve the conditions for prosperity and democracy in poor countries through concrete investment in education – is naturally very urgent. The foundation could present a thorough and concrete plan for its first first project, the school in Ex-Lewa, Kenya. That is why I chose to accept the patronage of Gundua Foundation.

Almost ten years have passed since the idea for the foundation was first conceived, and I have had the pleasure to be its Patron from the start. It has been both inspiring and instructive to follow the development and see what a difference a Swedish non-profit initiative can do in so many children’s lives. The inauguration of Gundua Secondary School 2009 is a fond memory, with happiness, hope and optimism mixed with immense pride in the local traditions.

Since then, the Foundation has developed into a small school system. Soon after the start of Gundua Secondary School, which provides education at secondary school level, it was clear that the students’ basic skills needed to be strengthened in order to benefit fully from the program. The Foundation therefore decided to also engage in education at the primary level. Two primary schools in the area have subsequently been included.

Results at Gundua Secondary School now rank among the best in the region. Over 750 students have finished school and more than 600 are currently studying at primary and secondary school. A dozen students have gone on to higher education. Others have started their own businesses and are now involved in developing the region.

One of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals was that every child in the world would be able go to school and have the opportunity to complete a primary education by 2015. This unfortunately did not happen. But still, development has come a long way. Large parts of Africa have entered a dynamic phase of development, and in the places where there are no ongoing wars and other conflicts, schooling and literacy have increased.

When Gundua Foundation was founded more than 45 million African children were not in school. And more than 140 million left school without being able to read and write. Today it looks much better. It is a hopeful development, where our engagement in Ex-Lewa has contributed as an important piece of the puzzle.

Together, we have learned a lot along the way and are well prepared for the next step. We are ready to work with new partners to establish more projects to support children in other similar areas.

Our main sponsors are Intellecta, initiator and founder of the foundation, Apotek Hjärtat and Ikea.

Intellecta

Intellecta AB is the initiator, founder and main sponsor of the Gundua Foundation.

Intellecta is a leading communications group with about 560 employees in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Ukraine, USA, Brazil, China and Vietnam

intellecta.com

Apotek Hjärtat

Apotek Hjärtat is the largest independent pharmacy chain in Sweden.

Hjärtat is one of the most important sponsors to the Gundua Foundation and has been instrumental in increasing the standard of health care for the people in Ex-Lewa through its generous donations and engagement in the Gundua Health Centre.

apotekhjartat.se

Ikea

Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA Foundation and IKEA AB are the main sponsors to the educational part of Gundua Foundation.

Their generous donations have allowed for major improvements at the three schools currently in the Foundation’s program, such as new class rooms, renovations, new benches, furniture, literature and other educational material needed

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Latest news

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Baby care kits to mothers who deliver at Gundua Health Centre.

A continuing challenge in the Ex-Lewa region, and in Kenya in general, is the development of a culture where giving birth takes place in a hospital. The country is steadily increasing the number of “in hospital births”, but there are still a large number of births taking place at home. One of the main reasons for this is often the large distance from settlements to equipped maternity wards, but it is also connected to tradition.

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Last day of school 2018 (except for the exams, fingers crossed)

The Gundua Primary School was officially closed for the year on 25 October, marking the end of the third and last term 2018.

In connection with the end of the school, Master Teacher Franco Mbae held a speech and thanked all students and teachers for their efforts this year. The school's average has improved from 275 to 280 points.

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Visit from Apotek Hjärtat!

Last week, Ex-Lewa was visited by three representatives of Apotek Hjärtat Heart, Paulina Lundström, Hasna Farah and Lena Cervin, accompanied by Richard Ohlson, chairman of the Gundua Foundation.

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