In 2006, Charles Dyer and Intellecta came up with the idea of the Gundua Foundation. The thought was to make a contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals; a vision that all children in the world should be able to go to school by 2015. We were lucky to welcome H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria early on as patron of the foundation. The first step was the planning of the school project, Gundua Secondary School, and to find partners to finance the construction we were planning.
In 2007, all formal permits and approvals were in place. The construction was planned and tenders were sent out, and during the autumn we were able to start the actual building. Teachers were employed around New Year, and the teaching started with some 40 students in the adjoining Primary School.
The construction of the school proceeded in phases according to plan during 2008. More teachers and a headteacher were employed, and teaching started in the school’s own premises with about 120 students. During the year we were pleased to welcome more donors and partners to the foundation.
In 2009, the Gundua project became one of Northern Kenya’s largest school projects. All classes were increased and the total number of students reached 240. On 12 November 2009, the school was officially inaugurated in the presence of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria. During the year the foundation decided to broaden its engagement in Ex-Lewa.
The foundation was granted so-called 90-account status in 2010. At the same time the adjoining primary school was incorporated into the foundation. A decision was made to develop a vocational school as well as a health centre in order to better support the local community.
During 2011, Gundua Secondary School was completed and developed as a model school – the Gundua Model – with 320 students. The Gundua Health Centre was built and inaugurated on 12 November 2011. During this year, the actual plans for the construction of the Gundua vocational school were implemented.