The Umbwi Secondary School

Overcoming poverty through providing education 

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With a £7,500 (US $9,600) donation, INTO Giving is building a new dormitory for 240 secondary girls, whose present accommodation sees them living without running water for showers, long-drop cess pit toilets, sleeping four across two beds pushed together, and an unlit mile walk home from school to their hostel.


Umbwi was originally a boy's school; in 1999, girls began attending it too. While there was a boys’ dormitory, girls have needed to live in an old hostel that was built to house migrant workers.  Today there are 240 girls and 300 boys.

The girls' hostel is overcrowded and verging on uninhabitable. Bunk beds are pulled into pairs and the girls sleep four across two mattresses. Mattresses and beds are in poor condition. There are four long-drop toilets and six that empty into a cess pit. The ten shower cubicles have no water supply. Girls draw a bucket of water from the sinks and take this to a cubicle to use for a shower wash. The girls can stay at the school to study until 8.30 in the evening, but then have to walk back to their hostel in the dark along an unlit dirt road.

INTO Giving is providing funding for a dormitory to be built on the school grounds. The new building will have two wings, each with partitioned areas with four beds and interior toilets and showers, including facilities for disabled students. The wings are joined by a covered area for washing and drying clothes, and there would be 16 interior toilets and showers.

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