Our foundation has the single objective of raising funds to help the Port Reitz School which is located in Mombasa, Kenya. The school is a Christian school that welcomes children with both mental and physical disabilities from all religions. The foundation funds and helps to implement projects that improve the quality of life of the children.
The Port Reitz school is a specialized school for children with physical, mental and social disabilities.
To this day, it is still the only primary school in the coastal province of the Republic of Kenya offering specialized education to this group of needy children who are handicapped through no fault of their own. The school has been under the leadership of Mercy Mwandeje since 2007, a former student herself.
The school is located along the old road to Port Reitz leading to the regional hospital and opposite the medical school. Some of the children no longer have families or live too far from school to travel every day and so 140 of our 250 students are boarders.
1965 Foundation of the school
The Port Reitz School was founded in 1965 by a wonderful English lady called Margaret Beetham, who supported the school throughout her life and who continues to support the school through her will. Over time, the school has grown under the auspices of the Kenya Methodist Church into a mixed boarding school that welcomes children of all religions.
2009 Creation of the Foundation
During a trip to Mombasa in 2006, Alexandra Hermens and Wendy Baardman met with Asava Morrison who was at the time working in the hotel where Alexandra and Wendy were staying. In addition to his work at the hotel, Asava volunteered at the Port Reitz School. At the request of Alexandra and Wendy, they visited the school with Asava and found that there were many problems including inadequate hygiene, a lack of water, food, insufficient or broken wheelchairs, lack of medication, infrastructure and school supplies.
Very naively, Alexandra and Wendy thought that sponsoring a few children could improve the situation. Returning in 2009 they soon realized that despite the tremendous commitment of the staff, the situation had only worsened and the school was potentially going to close its doors permanently. Knowing that if the school closed, these extremely vulnerable children would have had nowhere else to go, Alexandra and Wendy decided to take the bold step of creating the Friends of the Port Reitz School Foundation. The foundation needed a trusted and full-time person to help and thankfully Asava is that person.