Second Kenyan visit for Serena Williams


NAIROBI, Kenya. February 18 –Tennis superstar Serena Williams will visit Kenya for the second time next week on a charity mission.The world number one will be in Kenya for three days to inaugurate Wee Secondary School in Makueni district that was built under Hewletts Packard’s Build African Schools Initiative.

“Serena is HP’s global ambassador and during her last visit she was touched by the plight of children from these area as these they are very keen to learn even with the daily challenges and limitations that they encounter,” said HP managing director Ken Mbwaya.

“She thus made a further commitment to assist in the building of Schools in that region,” he added.

HP will set up a digital computer laboratory by equipping the school with computers, printers, internet connectivity and facilitate the training of the local teachers and students.

Whilst the technology company is charged with the responsibility of equipping the School, Build African Schools is responsible for identifying needy areas and working with local communities to put up the prerequisite infrastructure.  

During her last visit to the country Serena inaugurated the Serena Williams Secondary School which is a few kilometres from Wee.

The five time Australian Open champion will check the progress of the previous school and hold a one hour teaching session with the students of both institutions.

Founder and CEO of Build African Schools Patrick O’Sullivan said the objective of the Non-Profit Organisation to build primary and secondary schools in marginalized areas is to give a chance to students to access secondary school education and a shot in a brighter future.

The local director of the Build African Schools Dickson Mutaiti said that Serena’s commitment will assist over ten thousand families in the region.

The school will give chance to hundreds of primary school pupils in the location to continue with their education and an opportunity to pursue secondary school education. The area is semi arid, with schools far in and between.

The area suffers from high school drop out rate, and most students are orphans due to the high HIV /Aids prevalence rate in the area.

Build African Schools and HP have joined together since 2004 to help children in Africa have access to education. By building schools and equipping them with electricity, computers and other teaching aids, Build African Schools and Hewlett Packard offers children educational opportunities and choices that will ultimately empower them to determine their own future.