History and Future of New White House in Voi mit Kto CH
NEW WHITE HOUSE ACADEMY
P.O. Box 754, 80300 VOI, KENYA
Tel. 0724 567 700/0723 345820
The New White House Academy is a boarding primary school with an enrolment of 240
pupils from Nursery to class 8. It has 14 trained P1 teachers and 20 nonteaching staffs all of
them accommodated in the school premises.
This school was started by Mama Annedore Biberstein, who has been visiting Kenya since
36 years and travelled to most of the areas in this beautiful country. After seeing the post-
election violence and knowing from experience what it means to be poor, she had the
strong desire to help people in Kenya. After a considerable amount of soul searching, she
came to the wisest conclusion to invest in education to the poor and less fortunate. She
formed in May 2008 the association KENYAN CHILDREN HELP, together with her longtime
friend Hanna Zbinden. The headquarters are based in Switzerland, more information on
www.kenyanchildrenhelp.ch. Mama Annedore as she is known to the people in the area is
the chairperson and founder of this association.
Our aims and what we achieved
Initially “The White House Academy” was built in Mackinnon Road. Unfortunately it was
discovered in 2010, when she moved to Kenya, that the manager, who had been employed
there at this school, mismanaged the funds. After talking to honorable Mzee Eliud Timothy
Mwamunga, we were able to lease the place of the former coast high school and moved the
school under the name New White House academy to Voi, Kenya. In January 2015, we
eventually managed to buy the school compound!
The district education officer, Mr. K. Machora was always a big help to us and through his
office the school is now registered by the ministry of education. We appreciate all the
efforts coming from this office to improve the standard of our school. The school is
registered as a private school, but in real it is a charity project and cannot be compared
with other private schools. Some of the objectives of the school are:
- To give needy children the opportunity to get better education and serve as a rescue
center for orphans and discriminated children.
- Help learners explore their talents through sports, drama, music and gymnastics
- Inculcate positive discipline in learners in a friendly manner.
- Help learners to achieve their educational dreams: - joining Secondary schools.
- To make significant impact by giving the best service as we endeavor to maximally
exploit our potentials.
The school’s mission is teaching, training, and impacting knowledge and skills to learners
to fit in this challenging world, so that they
can help themselves and their families
afterwards. The target we have in education
is to help the less fortunate learners by
providing quality education through well-
wishers donors and sponsors.
Our school does not charge fees to the poor
parents; it only depends on sponsors and
donors from the Kenyan Children Help
association in Switzerland and in the meantime
even from well-wishers in Germany and Canada.
In the dining hall the children take porridge in
the morning, tea and homemade bread at 11
a.m., lunch at 1 p.m. and dinner at 6.30 p.m. We
look that their food is not only healthy, but also
enough. Growing children can eat a lot!!!
And once every month we celebrate the
birthdays of all the children born in this months,
with a huge birthday cake and juices, a lot of
singing and clapping-
Every year, we had to renovate and build. Now we have a kindergarten and a pre-unit for
the youngsters and 8 classrooms for the
children learning in the classes 1 to class 8.
We are more than just happy that every time,
when we were afraid that we wouldn’t be
able to manage all the challenges, kind
people assisted and like that we indeed
managed to do all the necessary buildings. It
seems that the universe likes what we are
doing for the children!
But we didn’t only manage to do the
buildings; our school is the best in the whole
division, academically, in handball and in
And they are not only the best in Voi county, they represented the coast region in handball
in Machakos, where the girls were beaten by a Nairobian club by one goal, but ended up to
be the 2nd
best team in whole Kenya and the boys were position 4. That means our children
wrote history already. Our drama team represented the Coast region in Nakuru.
Are we happy, yes we are happy and proud!!
This is one of our classrooms, with a group of
children, singing for visitors. Most of them
are coming from German speaking countries.
They are always very happy when sponsors
or donors are coming to visit and also proud
that most of them have a basic knowledge in
German. Anthony Muthoka, a German teacher
from Voi, comes on Sunday afternoons to
teach this language.
What we still need
We don’t have running water and it is very expensive to buy water all the time and have
brought it to the school by trucks. A borehole could be the best solution. At the beginning
the idea of a borehole didn’t please us, everybody told us, that the water which you can get,
is salty, but it can be cleaned. A geological survey was already done and shows that we can
find water at our place, even though it is necessary to dig at least 100 meters.
How wonderful it could be to have enough water and plant our own vegetables, the
children already promised to help with that.
At the same time we would like to introduce computer classes so that our pupils could
become computer literate and for that we require a computer room and about 20
computers to commence this exercise.
Our class eight pupils will be sitting for their national examination this year and we expect
an excellent performance from them due to their hard work and discipline. Since a majority
of them come from needy families, some of them are orphans; we foresee a scenario
whereby they might end up in the streets half-baked if we don’t build a secondary school
for them. We therefore, through the help of donors and well-wishers, intend to start a non-
profit making secondary school for them within our compound so that they can be sure to
continue with their secondary education and achieve their life goals.
We are appealing with all humility as matter of urgency for financial support to
commence the construction exercise now. Please open your hearts and help us with a
donation. Our children need to attend a Secondary school, so that they can choose a
profession and through that, they have their future life in their own hands.
The future of the school
This is secured through the New White House Academy Trust, which is about to be
registered very soon and shall help that the school remains what it is – a place to help the
less privileged children in Kenya and give them a home at the same time.
We plead to you to open your hearts for the children of our school; nobody can choose
where he is born.
And as Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to
change the world.” We hope that our children can help to change their country Kenya for
Annedore Biberstein Moses Gichuhi
Director Head teacher
Bank name and branch: Barclays Bank Voi. Account name:
New White House Academy, Voi, Account no 2029313485
Spendenkonto KENYAN CHILDREN HELP CREDIT SUISSE CH-8070 Zürich
PC 80-500 Konto- 973657-51 IBAN CH73 0483 5097 3657 5100 0