Community Development






Education Programmes

The Lewa Education Programme (LEP) supports 18  government schools in the surrounding communities; Munanda, Mutunyi, Lewa, Kanyunga, Subuiga, Ntugi, Leparua, Ntalabany, Enaikishomi, JPP, Sang'a, Karimba, Rugusu, Ntumburi, Lokusero and Kilimani Primary Schools and Ngare Ndare and Ntugi day Secondary Schools. The aim of the LEP is to provide local children with educational opportunities and to build awareness of wildlife conservation in Kenya.

Our holistic approach covers every aspect to offer the best possible education: infrastructure and curriculum, conservation education, feeding programme, bursaries and adult literacy.

What We do: 

  1. Education Bursaries: over 700 students in primary, secondary and tertiary education have received the LEP’s annual bursaries, and at least 75% graduate from university and college with outstanding academic results!
  2. Feeding programme: We supply schools with porridge, maize and beans for the year. This helps in attracting and retaining more children to school. Farming initiative through drip irrigation to create sustainability of the feeding programme through schools farming their own maize, beans and vegetables. 
  3. Adult literacy: This is a crucial poverty-reduction tool which acts as a resource centre for both learning and day to day relevant skills and information. Topics include: reading, writing, civil education, health, agriculture, business, vocational skills and income-generating projects, from handy-work to artisan crafts. The LEP has seven centres for adult education offering two-hour classes every week to over 300 students
  4. Students are provided with mentorship, peer counselling and the relevant support that they require to perform well.  
  5. Equip classrooms with chairs, tables, desks and storage cabinets
  6. School kitchens and dining are equipped with tables, chairs, energy cooking stoves and storage rooms
  7. Libraries equipped with chairs, tables, book shelves and most importantly, books!
  8. Laboratories are equipped with chairs, working space and science equipment
  9. Sanitation: pit latrines, ablution blocks
  10. Teachers' accommodation
  11. Provide teaching material: chalks, posters, pencils, pens, art materials and more! 
  12. We recruit teachers to reduce the teacher-student ratio in the classes
  13. The LEP in partnership with Lewa’s Research Department developed the Conservation Education Centre which is acts as an entry point for the communities through schools to learn conservation. 

For more information on the Lewa Education Programme and how to get involved, please contact our Education Programme Manager, Faith Riunga on

In recognising that education is the keystone of peace and development, Lewa has achieved tremendous results, sparking other conservancies to follow our lead, and spread awareness about the value and importance of wildlife. We hope to replicate the same in the greater Lewa landscape.