In the eastern part of Africa, J, as Jacinta, a Kenyan, and K, as
Koji, a Japanese, have handed each other and have established a small project
for children in Namanga, the town on the border
between Kenya and Tanzania, in 2004.
We named our project “Kira Kira”, meaning “Twinkle Twinkle”, in Japanese with hope and dream; to build up the world of no border and of peace and to achieve real prosperity.
Join us to support the children in Africa.
Namanga is located on border between Kenya and Tanzania.
Two towns called Namanga Kenya and Namanga Tanzania are located on both sides of the border
zone of 30m width.
The total population of the two towns is estimated 40,000.
So the both towns are almost united as one community.
During the colonial period, leaders of European governments drew
borderlines on the map of African Continent in the chamber, Berlin in 19th
Namanga border was also divided in such a way.
Village elders say that Namanga back in the 60's was still like a small village surrounded by forests.
In the 80's, as a trade between Kenya and Tanzania was promoted, people of various tribes from the both countries immigrated into Namanga to get a business chance on Namanga's uprising economy.
However, in the 90's, waves of economical
globalization affected Namanga.
Whereas transportation, telecommunication and finance were remarkably developed, the business trade at the border declined.
Therefore, prosperity shifted to big cities such as Nairobi in the north (Kenya) and Arusha in the south (Tanzania).
The economy had retreated in Namanga, and its ever-increasing population had remained poor.
South Kenya and North Tanzania, including Namanga, are called Maasailand as a residential area of the Maasai tribe.
In the Maasai villages surrounding in the town of Namanga, they still keep their traditional lives of herding livestock.
However, the Maasais are now compelled to change their habitats disturbed by a culture and economy of the town, and climate crisis such as heavy rains and droughts.
In Namanga of such situation, we have decided to start the project to recover its prosperity to support local children and seed of the future delight.
What is Kira Kira Project?
CBO Bring Up the Future Group
CBO, a Community Based Organization, is a sort of self-help project
unlike major NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations).
It is a grass roots project focused on the local community; not profit-making, not religious, and not political.
Our CBO, named "Bring Up The Future Self Help Project", has registered to the Kenyan government since 2004.
We are aiming at supporting growing-up generation so as to be self-dependent and contributory members of the society.
We have operated and are going to open various projects as follows under the CBO.
Kira Kira Nursery School
We founded Kira Kira Nursery School in 2004.
We think that going to nursery schools is very important because major foundation of children is made before going to primary schools.
We have approximately 80 children of range between four and nine years old every year.
We admit and keep needy children by means of active recommendation or invitation, interviewing applicants, children and their care takers, and observing them in the School's proceedings.
In their admission, we consider especially two points: economic necessity and social necessity, having no proper care takers at home.
Kira Kira Primary School
We founded Kira Kira Primary School in 2008 with only standard 1 pupil.
But we decided to pose it for a while because of neglect of Kenyan government which was supposed to provide us with the school land of five acres at least, lack of effort of PTA to push government and contribute capitals to manage the school, and shortage of finance of our project itself.
Finally in 2014, we started temporary standard 1 while we wait for answer from government, but in vain. Then we decided to continue with constructing whole primary school building as private school. We have been adding a class year by year, and we have standard 1 to 4 in 2017.
Supporting local primary school pupils
We support economically for those who graduated from Kira Kira Nursery School and went to local primary schools, so that they can start primary education with no hurdle.
Kira Kira Tuition Class
We academically support for those who graduated from Kira Kira Nursery School and went to local primary schools, so that they might never lose hope and destination in their school lives.
We also admit new comers, so that our passion might spread, and more children would be polite and self-dependent.
Kira Kira Japanese Language Class
Koji teaches Japanese with grammar and practical use for those who are interested, so that they could activate the local community culturally and economically.
Please invite us to your sessions/lectures as guest speakers at any occasion and purpose.
Koji and Jacinta will visit anywhere such as volunteer groups, cultural circles, companies, universities, colleges, high schools, junior high schools, primary schools, nursery schools, kindergartens and so on.
We will give a presentation using PC, story of life and culture in Africa, story of our project, related games, and so on.
Curios/Products of East Africa
East Africa has a lot of attractive products and curios.
Mothers and grandmothers of Kira Kira’s children are living by producing and selling curios such as Maasai beads accessories.
As a kind of income generation program of Kira Kira’s project, we are promoting their works in buying and sending their products to Japan to be sold.
Such promotion helps local economy, traditional culture, and international friendship.
Many Japanese people have been willing to buy them directly from us at the various events; African Festival in Tokyo, International Friendship Fair in Saitama, Global Festival in Yokohama etc.
If you want to visit us, you need a Kenyan visa.
When you cross the Namanga border, Kenyan visa (three month tourist visa of US$50) and Tanzanian visa (three month tourist visa of US$50) are available usually in 10 minutes.
Official Foreign Exchange Bureau is located near the immigration office of Kenya.
Change rates are very movable day by day, but approximate tendency is follows;
US$1.00 = 100 Kenyan shillings (Ksh) = 2,100 Tanzanian shillings (Tsh)
Ksh1 = Tsh21
Access to Namanga
Share Taxi or Minibus, called Matatu etc., Ksh500, 3 hours
Share Taxi or Minibus, called Dalla Dalla etc., Tsh8,000-10,000, 2 hours
From Dar Es Salaam
In Ubungo Bus Terminal, get on Big Bus toward Nairobi and get off in Namanga, Tsh20,000-30,000, 10-13 hours
Safari Lodge (Self-contained twin room; Ksh1500)
River Hotel (Self-contained twin room; Ksh4,500, Self-contained single room; Ksh3,500)
Namanga Guest House (Not self-contained single room; Ksh400)
It is a kind of tour for studying fact in Africa; nature, society, culture etc.
You are very welcomed to Namanga, Kira Kira Project site with such purpose.
KIRA KIRA ACADEMY
c/o Mr. KOJI & Mrs. JACINTA AIHARA
P.O.BOX 200-00207 NAMANGA KENYA
firstname.lastname@example.org (Koji direct)
email@example.com (Management in Japan)