Sitting above fields of coffee plants, Chania is located about a mile down the road from EACEF's first partner school, Kirimara Primary School. Serving a similar population, Chania struggles to give academic opportunity to children from families who struggle under incredible economic burdens. As the test site for EACEF's new Empower! Initiatives, Chania will serve as the site of economic community renewal.
The first school that EACEF founder Andrew Sugrue ever visited in East Africa, Chania had been the site of both Mount Kenya Academy's first community service outreach and the site of the Children's Literature for Children Foundation's library programming. Sugrue witnessed the profound effect that the library was having on literacy rates and replicated the model at Kirimara. However, once the continuing needs such as hunger, clothing and economic empowerment became evident under the Nafasi Process, EACEF staff members returned to Chania in 2008 to evaluate the needs of the school. In May of 2009, the EACEF team revisited Chania and laid the groundwork for the economic empowerment plans to support education in the community.
After CLC completed the library in 2006, EACEF constructed the new Kitchen and Dining Hall complex in 2009 and is currently in the process of renovating the school's eight classrooms. A large local landowner in Kenya further funded santitation facilities, including boys' and girls' restrooms (to be completed by the end of 2009). Plans for the Jamii Community Initiative and sustainable feeding programs are currently being developed and should be implemented in the coming months.