The Muungano Story

In 2007, the students, staff and parents of a school in London, Ontario was introduced, by a former student, to the needs of the rural community in the province of North Margoli in Kenya. One of the grade one teachers, Mme Louise Bourassa, traveled to the rural community for one month during the summer of 2007. She was deeply moved as a teacher by the work her Kenyan colleagues did every day for the students in the community. Louise returned the following summer taking much needed supplies. She worked with students, teachers, local government officials and women’s groups, teaching, listening, and learning with them. Since then, Sauve’s parents, students, teachers and administrators have been involved in fund-raising and educational activities that have mutually enriched the lives of the London school community, and that of North Maragoli. In the summer of 2008 when Louise returned to Kenya, she worked with and learned about the wonderful work that groups of women do to sustain children who have been orphaned by AIDS. Louise worked with special needs children and realized that there was no educational resource that attends to their needs in that community; and she noted that while primary schools are funded in Kenya, secondary schools are not. As result, so many bright young women who are interested in continuing their education cannot, for lack of money.

The idea to set up an organization with a mission to specifically focus on enrichment of lives through education was conceived through the mutual benefit that has already been achieved; students there have received resources they never had before and London students learned about African culture and geography, through direct involvement in planning and fundraising initiatives.

Muungano means “union” or “alliance” in Swahili. It provides an opportunity to share resources and to enrich lives in Canada and in Africa, through education. Muungano: Partners for Education in Africa is a registered Canadian charity.