The Meserani Project

  • Einoti-school
  • Longonot-DEB-school
  • Lesiraa-School
  • St-Secilia-School
  • water-tanks
  • Kibera-St-Secilia-School
  • St-Secilia-School---Kibera
  • Nigoshilai's-home
  • Kipsoi-school
  • Lesiraa School
  • Einoti-school
  • Longonot-DEB-school
  • Lesiraa-School
  • St-Secilia-School
  • water-tanks
  • Kibera-St-Secilia-School
  • St-Secilia-School---Kibera
  • Nigoshilai's-home
  • Kipsoi-school
  • Lesiraa School

The Meserani Project is a unique ‘home-grown’ charity owned by the pupils, parents, staff and friends of Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough. It provides an ongoing link between the people of Teesside, (particularly adolescents – our future citizens) and schools and communities in East Africa that are not able to provide even a basic education for the young people in their area. The primary focus is on providing secondary education and further education for young people in areas of East Africa where secondary and further education are not accessible to them due to poverty and family circumstances.

We are a relatively small-scale project, but we currently support 157 young people in East Africa - 119 pupils are attending one of six secondary schools that we have links with, nine students are at a Vocational Training Centre, two at Teacher Training College and nine are studying A’ Levels at High School. We also have a further eight students due to start their vocational training and eleven students due to start their A’ Level studies later this year.


Further to ensuring that these young people have an education, we have also built and furnished ten classrooms in three primary schools, provided twenty-three water tanks to four schools, installed solar power in a girls’ boarding school and renovated the teachers’ homes in a primary school.


The project has evolved from these successes, and now has five current strands:


 Providing basic writing equipment, exercise books, text books and dictionaries for a number of schools throughout East Africa: Kapsoi School, Baringo; Longonot DEB School, Naivasha; St. Secilia School, Kibera; Meserani Juu School, Arusha; Meserani Chini School, Arusha; Einoti School, Kisongo; Endarofta School, Karatu; Lesiraa School, Arusha and Engutoto School, Monduli.

 Sponsoring an increased number of pupils to attend Einoti Secondary School, Ilboru Boys Secondary Boarding School, Irkisongo Girls Secondary Boarding School, Engutoto Boys Secondary Boarding School, Moita Boys Secondary Boarding School and Kipok Girls Secondary Boarding School.

 Sponsoring an increased number of students to go through further education, ranging from Level III Vocational Courses right through to A’ Level studies.

 Supporting the provision of basic classroom and dormitory accommodation at Kipok Girls Secondary Boarding School.

 Supporting St. Secilia School, which is in Kibera, Nairobi, the second largest slum area in the world.

Through engaging with the schools and communities identified above, the project aims to:


 Provide the young people with a decent education, thereby giving them an actual chance to make progress in their lives.

 Developing the independence necessary to escape poverty.

 Give the young people actual hope, and ambition.

 Give local communities and families pride in the achievements of their children.

The project is run, at their own expense, by a group of six trustees from Teesside.  There are no administrative costs, every penny that is raised is spent directly on the project in Tanzania and Kenya – nothing at all is syphoned off as necessary expenses.

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