In 2009, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria, patron of the Gundua Foundation, officially opened Gundua Secondary School in Ex-Lewa, Kenya. Since then a lot has happened. The school’s capacity has been continuously increased, and 320 students are now enrolled. The school, situated in Kisima, Ex-Lewa, in the northern highlands of Kenya, is now able to offer life improvement and education to the region’s young. In this fertile but poor, predominantly agricultural region, boarding schools used to be the only secondary schooling on offer. Most young people in Ex-Lewa neither had the money or practical possibilities to study at them. Most are required to help out at home, not least because the AIDS virus has taken a huge toll on their parents’ generation. Gundua Secondary School is the region’s first day school at secondary level.
The need for education in Kenya is enormous, but the resources scarce and limited. The Gundua Foundation aims to help more children go to school and gain a basis for continued education and employment. To ensure that primary education is also of the highest standard, an adjoining primary school was “adopted” by the Gundua Foundation. The foundation also initiated the construction of a vocational school for more practically inclined students.
In November 2011, the Gundua Health Centre was opened. This will mean a lot to a region that presently has very limited healthcare resources. Within the context of the Health Centre, health and sex education will be offered. The Health Centre is run in collaboration with the pharmacy group ApotekHjärtat.
The purpose of the Gundua Foundation is to continue to support the improvement of democracy and welfare through concrete educational offerings, thereby supporting the UN Millennium Development Goals, one of which is that all the world’s children shall have access to schooling by 2015. Unfortunately, these goals will not be near completion by that time. In Africa there are still millions of children who don’t go to school at all. It’s our sincere hope and ambition that the school in Ex-Lewa shall become a model school and an inspiration for others, as well as making it possible for the Foundation to implement similar projects around Africa and elsewhere in the future.