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Malezi Centre

A self-sustaining primary school and community center creating change in one of Nairobi's most challenged slums.

Location: Kitui Ndogo Slum, Nairobi, Kenya

What Malezi used to look like. No windows. Dreary. And 60+ students squeezed in one room.

What Malezi used to look like. No windows. Dreary. And 60+ students squeezed in one room.

In 2014, we relaunched the center marking a new beginning for the students and community.

In 2014, we relaunched the center marking a new beginning for the students and community.

Artwork is used to create a welcoming environment in what is an otherwise colorless, drab slum.

Artwork is used to create a welcoming environment in what is an otherwise colorless, drab slum.

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Malezi sells water and use of its eco-friendly toilets, enabling it to offer highly subsidized education to its nearly 200 students.

Malezi sells water and use of its eco-friendly toilets, enabling it to offer highly subsidized education to its nearly 200 students.

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Teacher Grace Kavoi, founder of Malezi, serves her students and community with a humbling level of commitment.

Teacher Grace Kavoi, founder of Malezi, serves her students and community with a humbling level of commitment.

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Malezi teaches theoretical, as well as values-based education to dissuade students from adopting lives of crime and promiscuity.

Malezi teaches theoretical, as well as values-based education to dissuade students from adopting lives of crime and promiscuity.

Elijah lost both of his parents and contracted HIV while in utero. Many students bear such stories and face severe challenges. Malezi is a refuge for these brave souls.

Elijah lost both of his parents and contracted HIV while in utero. Many students bear such stories and face severe challenges. Malezi is a refuge for these brave souls.

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Malezi is the first school in the community's history to offer affordable education. It is creating sustainable, grassroots change through care, love, and values.

Malezi is the first school in the community's history to offer affordable education. It is creating sustainable, grassroots change through care, love, and values.