Stichting Maendeleo

We are a Dutch foundation that promotes the independence of underprivileged children and young adults in Kenya.
We create an environment for people in which they can permanently and structurally improve the living conditions of themselves, their families and their communities.


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Our projects

New Teaching Method for Port Reitz School

At the Port  Reitz school a new teaching method has been introduced by Maendeleo: the “Learning for Everyone” (L4E) method. This method is based on the ideas of psychologist professor Feuerstein ( 1921-2014) and focuses specifically on people with a disability or development delay. The development possibilities of the individual are central to this.
Last year we met the Engels family of the PIT (Personal Integration Therapy). They have developed this method. Since more than half of the pupils at Port Reitz School have a learning disability we were very interested to introduce this method in the school. We have started with 26 children in class 1, 2 and 3 and the results after 2 semesters are very promising. In the coming year we will expand the method to the other classes of Port Reitz School.

Port Reitz Special School, Mombasa

One of our focus points is education. A high percentage of children from disadvantaged families do not go to school. Disabilities are often considered a wrath of God. Therefor disabled children are often hidden, rather than money spent on. That is why we support Port Reitz Special School.
Port Reitz School is an integrated boarding school. The school as around 260 children, of which around 180 are handicapped (physically or mentally or both). Around 80 children are from the surrounding slums and would otherwise not go to school at all.
Maendeleo supports this school in several ways but mostly with nutrition and improvement of education.

Kenya Care

Kenya Care offers HIV positive mothers and fathers a new future. Their diagnose feels like a death sentence. Not only they themselves but also their children are abandoned by their community and society, and have to leave house and hearth. We teach them how to live and deal with their disease, work on their self-esteem and providing for their own basic needs

Debate Competition

Successful 6th Debating Competition. For the 6th year we supported the Magongo Quantum Debate Competition for the upper primary classes in Mombasa-Changamwe.
Ten schools participated. Eventually King Heritage Primary School pupils won this time.

Maendeleo Education Program

In 2017 Maendeleo started the Maendeleo Education Program.We offer bright students from underprivileged families the opportunity to  study at secondary education, college or university. The program does not only support the students financially but they also get personal guidance from mentors. In the first year the program could offer 15 students to continue their studies in secondary school.  We are proud that this number could almost be doubled in 2018.

Shanzu Transitional Workshop for Disabled Young Women

On the grounds of Kenya Girl Scouts Association in Shanzu is a sewing school for handicapped girls. The girls live independently on the premises and learn how to sew and make jewelry. When they have completed the training, they can usually continue to work there and earn a small income.


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