Olng’arua School Photo Journal

a regular peek in to daily life at Olng'arua Community School
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    Staff at Olng’arua School like a bit of spice in their food. Lucky for them these hot little chilli peppers grow readily here. This bush of peppers seeded itself near the tap outside the staff accommodation.

  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

  • More hats

    More hats

    Not to be outdone by Natunini some of the boys have also been experimenting with the art of hat making.

  • Natunini Fashion

    Natunini Fashion

    Natunini is almost certainly going to become a milliner, or at the very least a leader in hat fashion. As several photographs on this site will testify, she is often to be seen wearing stylish head gear. This floral arrangement, made from desert rose flowers, is just the latest of this fashionista’s creations.

  • Benefits of a cracked pipe

    Benefits of a cracked pipe

    A crack in a water pipe is a problem for the maintenance team (AKA Kitonga and Moses) but for the rest of us there is a pleasant side effect. As the land and plants all around us take on their long dry season look, of dusty ochre and parched leaflessness, we have a little oasis …

  • Hula Hooping

    Hula Hooping

  • Beans and Sweet Potatoes

    Beans and Sweet Potatoes

    These members of the Rhino group are hoping the elephants won’t find their little vegetable sack garden, hidden as it is behind the dinning hall.

  • Ladies who Lunch

    Ladies who Lunch

    Two young ladies from the Rhino group, enjoying a moment of quiet in the dinning hall before the main lunch crowd comes in.

  • Useful Life Lesson from Olng’arua School

    Useful Life Lesson from Olng’arua School

    #46 How to carry a table when you are small.

  • Skipping!


    Skipping rope is the current craze in the school. At each 15 minute break between classes all the children rush out to jump rope. This little girl impressed everyone by jumping so high, and laughing so much when she did.

  • Firewood


    Each child brings a stick of firewood with them when they come to school, to feed the fire that cooks their lunch.

  • Solar water pumping

    Solar water pumping

    Our solar water pump takes all day to fill the school tanks, as apposed to 45 minutes with a petrol pump. But who cares!? We have plenty of sunshine and this lovely little pump quietly and cleanly fills our tanks for the week by the end of the day.

  • A group of adult learners at Olng’arua School

    A group of adult learners at Olng’arua School

  • Our Environment is Our Home

    Our Environment is Our Home

    Our Environment is our home, we should not destroy it.

  • Members of the Squirrel Group at milk break

    Members of the Squirrel Group at milk break

    Squirrels gathering for a cup of uji and a chin-wag.