Built in 2009, Southern Cross Academy was created with the aim of providing a free education to children within the Settled Internally Displaced People camp in Maai Mahiu, an hour outside of Nairobi.
Camps like this arose across the country in 2008 following post-election violence that saw hundreds of thousands of families fleeing their homes and communities. The camp in Maai Mahiu is home to around 4500 people, some of whom are still living in tents with no running water, electricity or protection.
Southern Cross Academy hosts over 300 children from the camp. The school strives to provide a happy, caring, and stimulating environment where children will recognise and fulfil their potential.