A science lab for a secondary school

The project aimed to complete the construction and outfitting of a science laboratory and to provide the Kyusyani Secondary school with water and solar power, within the Kamungi Conservancy in Southern Kenya. The construction and equipping of the laboratory were successfully completed and handed over to Tsavo Trust on June 5, 2023. The provision of power sockets in the computer laboratory eliminating the need for teachers to leave the school premises to charge electronic devices. The water harvesting system has had a profound and immediate impact on the school's water security. The collection of over 10,000 liters of water during the October rain season, enabled 3,000 liters to be channeled to a dedicated storage tank for the science laboratory. This new water supply is employed through a network of taps for many purposes, including supporting laboratory activities. The surplus grey water, irrigates 200 trees on the school premises. A total of 24 lessons, accommodating over 40 students simultaneously, are taking place at the laboratory every week, including practical activities in biology, chemistry, and physics. The provision of a state-of-the-art science laboratory has leveled the playing field for Kyusyani students during the Kenya Secondary Schools National Examinations. They now have access to the same quality resources as schools in urban areas, addressing the disparity in educational resources.

Founded in 2012, the Tsavo Trust is a Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organisation that provides core support to secure wildlife, habitat and key communities in Kenya’s vast Tsavo Conservation Area.







Education / Environment / Community Development


December 2022 – November 2023


Kamungi / Kenya

With whom

The Tsavo Trust




49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.