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Kenya: A small oasis for the children in Nanyuki

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Nanyuki is a small town at the foot of Mount Kenya, home to Mt. Kenya Waldorf School. What started as a small kindergarten in 2018 has since developed into a Waldorf school a little more every year. In constructing of the classrooms, the school community decided to use the resources of the immediate environment by building in an affordable and environmentally friendly way.


Mt. Kenya Waldorf School consists of many small houses. Each class and kindergarten group has its own hut, connected by small footpaths. Two natural and sustainable building methods were used in the construction of this small village. The classrooms were built with layers of mud and straw. On the other hand, some of the administrative and toilet buildings, as well as the kitchen, were built from bricks that were made on site. "We wanted to use the resources that the land provided, because the soil was very suitable for this," explains the school's founder Jessi Allmendinger. "We also wanted to create jobs for the community and show how to use these valuable materials." The method is also extremely cost-effective, as most of the necessary material is readily available. Not only does the soil used in the building come from the school's property, but the water needed is also drawn from the nearby river. So, only a small amount of cement needs to be added before the bricks are pressed in a machine. After two to three weeks, they are dry and ready for use.

All classrooms and most other buildings are round or oval. "This is a tradition in Kenya," explains Jessi Allmendinger, "Our vision was to build a village, and what could be more natural than to take up the traditions and redesign them in our own way? The houses convey a wonderful feeling of security. Of course, it is also important that the round shape promotes good insulation and ensures an even temperature. Corrugated iron was used for the roof, since this is the best way to catch and collect rainwater.

Since November 2020, a total of five classrooms, a toilet building, an office and a kitchen have been built. The construction of another classroom and a wood and weaving workshop are planned for the autumn of 2022, and the process is not over yet: "In the long term, we also hope to build a common dining room, a music room, a library and a new classroom every year."

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