What we do


From Under the shade of just one old Mango Tree in 2000, Timboni School was established and now stands as a multi-classroom school, providing education from age 4 years upwards, the eldest child being 16.
Over the next five years, it is planned that the oldest children in the school aged from 12 -16 years, will be moved on to high school or technical school under the revised education system announced in 2018. There are still almost 70 children in this age range of mixed ability, usually caused by missed schooling or a late start. 
Under the Mango Tree recognises that there are challenges ahead for both teachers and pupils in adopting the new system.

Under the Mango Tree provides funding for 3 nursery teachers but will support the school in seeking to gain central government funding now that the 2018 education changes include nursery age children. This would release vital funds that are needed elsewhere in the school.

An immediate consequence of the changes has been the conversion of what were nursery stage children in 2017, to them becoming Primary 1 children in 2018, based upon their birth age of 6 years. This has resulted in a massive boost to the class size, now standing at close to 70 children. The challenge for the teachers is to educate all these children some of whom have only been in school for a short time, as they automatically proceed to Primary 2, whether ready or not.

Photo - New starters joining the school in January 2018

If you would like to help fund the cost of teaching provision for the younger children and support our feeding programme please click this link to take you to our Funding campaign



Timboni School has a feeding programme.
Under the Mango Tree has been providing support for the feeding program for some time and the support increased substantially in 2018.

Over 300 children are given a breakfast of porridge and a lunch around 1pm. The school day starts at 7am and many children walk long distances, often in bare feet, so ensuring the children are fed and energised is a priority.

Once school finishes around 5pm, the children walk home again. Often children can be seen carrying their younger siblings wrapped on their backs.

If you would like to help fund the cost of our feeding programme and support the teaching provision for the younger children please click this link to take you to our Funding campaign

Photo - Children need to bring wood for the fire in the kitchen so the cooks can prepare a hot meal


The majority of local families have received little or no formal education; the area is very poor with most families just about surviving as subsistence farmers and crops have been hit hard over the last couple of years due to drought throughout the region.

Timboni School, serving this extremely poor community, gives the universal right to education to some of the most marginalised children. Without this local school provision, children would need to travel a great distance for education or more typically join the 500,000 Kenyan children who still do not attend school.

Photo -  Mixed age class of the oldest children aged 12-16 years, girls and boys in the newly opened 2018 classroom

The provision and encouragement of education for all, especially girls, is crucial to help break the cycle of poverty: educated girls are less likely to be married early, suffer in childbirth, less likely to contract HIV/Aids infection and an educated girl, whilst able to earn a living, is ultimately more likely to give birth to a healthy baby and support the education of their own children.

If you believe that educating girls is essential and would like to support our campaign to provide a scholarship for higher education please see more information by clicking here