In 2006, Kennedy Mugo Mutothori ‘12.5 was one of the founders of New Dawn, a high school in Huruma slums, Nairobi, designed to educate students who would have otherwise not been able to attend merit based government national schools or afford to pay the relatively pricey private high schools in Kenya. The efforts to establish New Dawn have been arduous and we have been plagued by numerous successes and failures. Last summer, Mugo went back to New Dawn with 12 Middlebury students, to build a library in collaboration with the community at Huruma and it was a success in many measures. They shared their bitter sweet journey with New Dawn school and spoke about their experience in Kenya and what social entrepreneurship means to them.
The Kenya Library Project received funding from the President’s Fund to support a third Davis Project for Peace Proposal at Middlebury College.
This talk was given on November 9, 2012 as part of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.