Serena arrives in Kenya


NAIROBI, Kenya, February 22- Serena Williams arrived in the country on Monday morning for a three day tour.

The world number one jetted in at 9 am on a Virgin Atlantic airline and checked in at the aptly named Serena Hotel at approximately 10.15 am.

The five time Australian Open champion will travel to Makueni district on Tuesday to inaugurate the Wee Secondary School and also check on the progress of the Serena Williams Secondary School which she opened in her last visit two years ago.

Serena will hold a one hour coaching clinic at both schools and will conduct the same at Sadili Oval on Wednesday morning.

Hewlett Packard (HP), for whom Serena is a global ambassador 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.  

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