In January 2013, a friend of Faith’s late sister came to visit her whilst she was staying in Katete. Winnie was a trained primary school teacher; she wanted to set up a nursery school, but had no premises to run it from. Faith suggested that she set up the school out of doors on her land and use her own home when the weather was bad. And so the Isaiah nursery was born. The name is taken from the verse in the book of Isaiah (“See I am doing a new thing…I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland”), which was inspirational to Faith when shaping her wider vision for her community.
In February 2014, we had sufficient funds available to pay for the construction of a simple two-room building, which was completed in December 2014. Currently, around 60 children attend the Isaiah nursery and fledgling primary school. It now has four classes and is teaching the first two years of primary school. Many of these children are from the poorest section of the community.
The school building is also home to a local Anglican church on a Sunday, whose congregation had previously met in the open air. On weekday afternoons, an adult literacy class has started up in the building.
However, the school has now outgrown the building! Two classes get taught in makeshift shelters and class stops when it rains. Last year, Faith purchased some land near the school that has some dilapidated buildings on it. We are hoping that we will be able to turn these into new school classrooms.