An overview of our projects in Tanzania and Kenya since 2008.
JIKONI. The Kipepeo kitchen building is finished!
At the end of 2021, through our JIKONI crowdfunding campaign and the sale of our JIKONI shirts (Swahili=kitchen), we raised enough money to build a new kitchen building in the Kangundo District in Kenya. This special project was completed at the end of May, so that now 300+ students can cook under hygienic conditions and food can be stored in a dry place. Kipepeo-Clothing and our partner organization Starkids Kenya handled the project entirely on a voluntary basis, from the creation of the architectural plans to the logistics and construction management
The architectural plans for our new kitchen building (JIKONI) have been drawn up and we have the building permit. Through the JIKONI crowdfunding campaign and the sale of our JIKONI shirts, we have been able to provide enough funds to fully finance the new kitchen building within the last two months.
JIKONI- The new Kipepeo project!
At our new project, the Kilalani School in Kenya, a new kitchen building is to be built in which meals can be prepared for the students under hygienic conditions in the future and food can be stored safely from the rainy season and from theft. Here you can see the current kitchen building that is to be replaced by a new one in 2022.
The Covid19 situation in Nairobi hasn’t changed. Once again, Kipepeo-Clothing finances food and hygiene products for the 120 families of the "Songa Mbele Na Masomo" Children Center in Nairobi for 3 months. In total, emergency aid of € 12,000 for Kipepeo partner projects in Tanzania and Kenya was provided in the last 6 months.
Kipepeo-Clothing supports the students and teachers of the "Mecsons Primary & Nursery School" in Arusha, Tanzania during the Covid19 pandemic with 650 mouth and nose masks.
During the corona pandemic, Kipepeo-Clothing supports the 120 families of the students of the "Songa Mbele Na Masomo" Children Center in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi by regularly providing and distributing food and hygiene items for three months. In addition, Kipepeo-Clothing covers the rental costs of individual families who can no longer carry out their work due to the pandemic. The on-site logistics are handled by our partner organization Starkids Kenya.
Kipepeo-Clothing commissions the production of 1000 mouth and nose masks to befriended local seamstresses in Nairobi who had to close their sewing rooms and shops due to the Covid19 pandemic. In order to secure the sewers' income for the next few months, Kipepeo-Clothing pays a purchase price of € 5 per mouth and nose mask.
As every year, Kipepeo-Clothing pays the rental costs for the “Utukufu” Nursery School in Arusha.
The construction of a concrete wall around the "Songa Mbele Na Masomo" Children Center, which turns the school premises into a safe play and exercise environment, was co-financed by Kipepeo-Clothing and completed in September 2019. This wall provides a spatial demarcation from the adjacent slum and protects the school grounds from the ingress of water and debris during the recurring rainy season.
The annual reunion: Do you recognize the two people in this picture? On the left you can see Abigail, the girl who gave Kipepeo founder Martin a drawing 11 years ago, that was to become the cornerstone of Kipepeo Clothing. If you scroll down to the beginning of this timeline, you can see what they looked like 11 years ago.
The construction of a concrete wall around the school grounds of the “Songa Mbele na Masomo” Children Center in Nairobi has started. This project was financed through the sale of the first Kipepeo Kenya collection.
Kipepeo-Clothing starts the first project in Kenya. In future, the sale of the first Kipepeo Kenya Collection will support the "Songa Mbele Na Masomo" Children Center in Nairobi. Watch the video here.
The Children Center is currently only separated from the adjacent slum by an unstable corrugated iron fence. During the recurring rainy seasons, water and debris are pressed through the leaky fence onto the school grounds, so that the school grounds are not accessible to the students all year round.
By 2020, we would like to finance the construction of a concrete wall by selling our products, which will make the school premises a safe and year-round accessible play and exercise space for particularly vulnerable children.
As every year, Kipepeo-Clothing finances the complete rental costs as well as food and board for the "Utukufu Nursery School" in Arusha, Tanzania.
Kipepeo Clothing will cover the school fees for three more students at the "Mecsons Primary School" in Arusha for the school year 2018. The school fees also include food and board as well as school uniforms and, if necessary, tutoring on Saturdays.
Another milestone at Mecsons Primary School. A new school building is being built! The foundation was co-financed with the help of Kipepeo-Clothing through our sales in the last 14 months. A big thank you also goes to our friends of the Afrikafest Darmstadt-Kantplatz, who contributed an additional € 5,000 to the construction.
Kipepeo finances computer room!
On Monday, February 8th, 2016, Kipepeo-Clothing's vision of setting up a computer room with 25 workstations and internet access at one of the first primary schools in Tanzania came true! The computers are regularly supplied with software updates via remote maintenance. A trained IT teacher teaches the students the correct use of office applications and the preparation of application letters and résumés for older students.
As every year since 2014, Kipepeo Clothing finances the rental costs for the “Utukufu Nursery School” in Arusha.
Kipepeo-Clothing and the IT consultancy Stephan Peitz support the "Mecsons Primary School" with 25 new, preconfigured laptops which are regularly updated via remote maintenance. In the future, these laptops will be used in a new school building, the construction of which was co-financed by Kipepeo-Clothing.
At the end of 2012, Kipepeo-Clothing laid the foundation for the computer room, which was completed at the end of 2014, with the proceeds from the "Kipemanjaro" charity walk.
At the beginning of 2015, Kipepeo Clothing had a power line laid to Olasiti, thus paving the way for the vision of a computer room with internet access at "Mecsons Primary School" to come true.
Kipepeo-Clothing supports two other students at the "Mecsons Primary & Nursery School" by paying school fees. The school fees also include food and board as well as school uniforms and, if necessary, tutoring on Saturdays.
Kipepeo-Clothing is laying a power line to the Mecsons School so that a computer room can be set up this year. The hardware and internet access will also be provided by Kipepeo-Clothing in the next few months.
The entrance area of the new school building of the Utukufu School has been repainted! We are happy, just like the children, about the great result!
The reconstruction of the Maasai market in Arusha has been completed and our seamstresses and friends Vicky and Vivian can move into their new market stand and go back to work. The new market stand including sewing machines was completely financed by Kipepeo-Clothing.
The reconstruction of the Maasai market is progressing. Kipepeo finances the reconstruction of the market stand of our befriended seamstresses Vicky and Vivian, whose stand and its inventory fell victim to the flames of the fire in November.
On the night of November 17th, a huge fire broke out in the Maasai market in Arusha.
The market, which serves as a tourist center and is home to many local artists, seamstresses and craftsmen, burned down completely. The reason for this was apparently a garbage incineration near the market, the flames of which hit the dry roofs of the market stalls.
Many people have lost all their belongings and are still faced with the ruins of their existence. Two of those affected are our friends Vicky and Vivian who have been producing gym bags, bags and scarves for Kipepeo Clothing for 2 years now, in order to have a secure source of income through Kipepeo Clothing in addition to the sale of hand-sewn clothes to tourists.
Unfortunately, the Tanzanian state does not support the rebuilding of the Maasai market and the costs for the new stands, fabrics, sewing machines and much more have to be borne by the traders themselves.
The day after this terrible incident, we gave Vicky and Vivian our full support. This means that Kipepeo-Clothing will cover the entire cost of the new market stand including inventory such as sewing machines and fabrics so that Vicky and Vivian can start working again as soon as it is finished.
One of the most important moments in 5 years of Kipepeo Clothing. Abigail is graduating from Mecsons School! Five years ago, on the day of his departure, she gave the then substitute teacher Martin a letter with a drawing. Martin printed this drawing on a t-shirt and it became the cornerstone of Kipepeo-Clothing. By selling this T-shirt, Kipepeo-Clothing funded Abigail's school fees for the next 5 years. Abigail will now go to secondary school. We wish her and all the other students all the best and best of luck on her future path!
David visits the Mecsons School and brings further donations from the sales of Kipepeo shirts. The next project is the construction of a new school building in which a computer room is to be built in the next few years. A bank loan is required for this and will be applied for in the next few weeks.
As of 2014, Kipepeo will assume the entire rental and ancillary costs for the Utukufu Nursery School in Arusha, Tanzania.
A goat as a present to Kipepeo-Clothing! Vanessa's parents would like to thank Kipepeo-Clothing for supporting and paying Vanessa's school fees over the past 4 years.
The renovation work on the Utukufu School has started. The building was repainted and the letters of the alphabet were painted on the school entrance.
David visits the Mecsons School and gives Mrs. Shirima more donations from the sale of Kipepeo shirts. The donations will be used to pay the school fees for Abigail and Vanessa.
Kipepeo-Clothing finances new school desks and blackboards for the Utukufu School.
Kipepeo-Clothing finances school uniforms for all 20 students of the Utukufu Nursery School in Arusha.
Kipepeo visits the Utukufu (Kiswahili = glory) Nursery School for the first time. The school is part of the Utukufu project, which is dedicated to supporting parents with HIV / AIDS and their children.
Starting in November 2012, 10 girls and 10 boys between the ages of 2 and 5 will be taught at the school.
In the next few months, Kipepeo-Clothing will be printing the first drawings that were made at the Utukufu School during the natural history class on Kipepeo shirts. The proceeds from the sale of these shirts will finance new school desks and blackboards.
A new water pump for the Mecsons School. The groundwater can now be pumped to the surface by simply pressing a pedal.
Probably the biggest moment for Kipepeo-Clothing to date: On behalf of Tanzania's Prime Minister, Kipepeo-Clothing is thanked for its social and economic commitment over the past few years. We are extremely pleased that even the smallest volunteer project receives such attention!
The first grade of the Mecsons School is graduating. This is the school class that Kipepeo founder Martin taught in 2008. Kipepeo-Clothing supports the Mecsons School in organizing the festival and gives the students graduation shirts as a reminder of their time at the Mecsons School.
School beautification campaign. Kipepeo -Clothing supports the "Mecsons School" in buying new plants for the school yard. We are looking forward to seeing how our partner school is constantly developing and that we can make a big contribution to it!
The new kitchen building at the “Mecsons School” was completed in the past few days. It was financed from the base to the roof through the sale of Kipepeo shirts. It can now be cooked for the students in more hygienic circumstances. In addition, the new building also offers enough space to store food that is protected from wind and weather.
The construction of the new kitchen building is progressing. Windows and doors as well as the plaster on the facade are still missing. The building is to be completed by spring 2012 through further proceeds from the sale of Kipepeo shirts.
David hands over another donation from Kipepeo to the headmaster, Mecky Shirima, so that the kitchen building at the "Mecsons School" can be completed shortly.
The shell of the new kitchen building at the "Mecsons School" is finished. Windows, doors and the roof are still missing. In October we will bring further donations from the sales of Kipepeo shirts to the Mecsons School so that construction can proceed quickly.
The construction of the new kitchen building begins. The foundation and the walls of the new kitchen are already in place. Kipepeo supports the "Mecsons School" with the construction by financing building materials such as bricks, cement and sand.
The old kitchen building at the “Mecsons School” is made of wood. It is not 100% wind and rainproof, so that moisture can penetrate the kitchen walls during the recurring rainy seasons and stored fruits such as mangoes can spoil. Our goal is to finance the construction of a new concrete kitchen building in the next few months.
A handmade certificate from Abigail and Vanessa as a thank you gift!
Since 2009, Kipepeo-Clothing has been paying the school fees for the two students at the "Mecsons Primary & Nursey School".
For the first time Abigail sees a Kipepeo shirt printed with her drawing.
The first Kipepeo Love-You shirts are sold to friends and acquaintances. The proceeds will be used to pay the school fees for Abigail and her friend Vanessa for the entire next school year.
Shortly before his departure back to Germany, the then 7-year-old Abigail from Arusha, Tanzania, gives the substitute teacher Martin a letter with a small pencil drawing. A small figure, next to it the words "Love You". Martin prints this drawing on a t-shirt only to have a memory of the special time in Tanzania, but it triggers a lot more: Abigail's drawing becomes the cornerstone of a unique project that supports schools and education in Tanzania and has the vision of continuously creating secure jobs in the textile industry.