Ngambenyi is our smallest partner school by enrolment with around 130 pupils across nursery and primary classes.

The school sits in a vast expanse of farmland a couple of kilometres away from the foothills of Mt Kasigau. It was founded by the local community in 2007 but they had struggled to build a very basic facility by the time it became our seventh partner school in 2015. Our work at Ngambenyi since then has transformed the school beyond recognition and in 2018 it was recognised as a ‘model’ school by the local government.

Ngambenyi became our seventh partner school in June 2015 when work started on a major £110,000 project to redevelop the entire school site and complete the work that the community had started. Over the course of the next 18 months of building work no part of the existing school was left untouched as we set about creating a school that has ultimately set a new standard for our school redevelopments.

Since completion of the initial redevelopment phase we have continued to make improvements to the school and we have now invested around £125,000 in facilities and infrastructure at the school.

Take a tour of Ngambenyi…


Plans for the future

Despite all the work that has been undertaken at Ngambenyi there is still more that we would like to do in the future once funding is available, including the construction of on-site accommodation for teachers and staff, expansion of rainwater storage capacity and fencing of the school perimeter to allow for the establishment of a formal kitchen garden and fruit plantation.

We would like to thank Hazel’s Footprints Trust for funding the redevelopment of Ngambenyi and for providing on-going support since its completion.

In 2013 we were approached by the Trust as they were looking for an on-the-ground partner to help them build a school. Having previously funded smaller projects at our other partner schools they recognised our expertise and reputation in this area and asked us to identify a school that was in need of significant investment. That school was Ngambenyi.

In total, the Trust donated £110,000 to fund the capital works and have given £5,000 annually since 2018 to contribute towards the day-to-day running costs of the school including the lunch programme, staff salaries and on-going maintenance.


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 Hazel’s Footprints was established in 2004 in memory of Hazel Scott Aiton whose death in a car accident that year left an unfillable hole in the lives of everybody who knew and loved her. In 2002, Hazel had spent a challenging and rewarding Gap Year in Namibia teaching at the Otjikondo Village School. Whilst there, she saw first-hand what an enormous difference dedicated people can make to the lives of others. She dreamed of building a school for disadvantaged children and we are delighted to have played a part in making that dream a reality.