Leslie Greenaway was on a trip to Kenya when she came across a village that she thought could use some help. The village had no school, no medical facility and no toilets. In response to this, Leslie started a charity called Save A Village. Save A Village exists to help this village, and villages like it. Emmanuel Foundation has worked with Save A Village to get involved in two villages in Kenya, Nirute and Niyangina.
From 2009 to 2013 Save A Village was involved in various projects in the two villages. Projects included setting up two playgrounds, building a school, building a medical clinic and building 15 latrines as well as educating the local people on the importance of hygiene and using latrines. In addition, the school that was built has a system to collect water from the roof which harvests water that can then be used for various things. This water harvesting is very important, especially in a country that can experience droughts throughout the year. The education regarding the proper use of toilets has also been very important and has dramaticly increased hygiene levels in the village.
In January of 2013 the constuction on the school was completed in Niyangina and it opened its doors to over 120 students. Since then, even more students have begun attending school there. It saves the children from a 6 km walk to the nearest school, which has increased school attendance and made life much easier for the kids! All the extra time gives them more opportunity to learn, socialize and just be kids!
You can find out more about Save A Village by vising their website at www.saveavillage.ca