The VANESSA GRANT TRUST  brings educational opportunities to children and young adults in rural Kenya. Children are Kenyas future and education is the most important thing we can provide for them. The Vanessa Grant Trust develops schools by supporting continual infrastructural development, staff training and volunteer support, so critical for effective and exciting education, using our network of national  and international support. A little money goes a long way in Kenya and it provides immense satisfaction to see what an impact this makes on peoples lives.

Flames of Hope

Naomi Ndung’u founded the Vanessa Grant School for children with Special Needs. Having significantly improved the lives of many mentally and physically handicapped Kenyan children, after 20 years, Naomi was ready to begin a new project. Naomi’s new project – called Flames of Hope – is a combined school and sheltered living place for young people who have no speech. It will also be a home for those who have graduated from the Vocational Training School and are now working in the Rongai community, but who need a secure and caring place to return to each night. At the moment these young people have to leave their employment in the holidays as they currently live at the Vocational Training School which follows the national term dates and closes in the holidays.

Building layout

Flames of Hope is situated on two adjacent plots of land close the Vanessa Grant Girls’ School (VGGS). Construction work started in June 2017. This is being phased, with the first phase consisting of a washroom, a dormitory, a teaching room and an office. A second classroom was added in 2019.


The piece of land that Naomi originally purchased from the VGT to build her Flames of Hope school on.
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Art and Craft project linked to colour and speaking games
Image recognition activity from a verbal stimulus
This well is the source of water for the school, however it can only be used for washing as it is salty and contains excess fluoride. It is not suitable for irrigation.
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The original two rooms and office (pictured above and right) built in 2017 with money donated by Brambletye School.
May 2020


Naomi Ndung’u speaks of what inspires her to work the way she does with some of Kenya’s most mentally and physically challenged children. In this video she talks about her experiences setting up the VGS school for mentally and physically handicapped children

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From people who are involved or
have seen the work of the VGT first hand

A story of hope

Naomi Ndung’u 

Head and founder of VGS


The funding through VGT has made it possible for those needy children who were abandoned in the society to be very responsible, able and appreciated back in the society through the transformation they have received. […]

Why educating girls matters

Dr Timothy Wright

Headmaster of Shore school, Australia


We are well aware that good quality education is the major avenue in which people can escape poverty and improve their personal life opportunities. […]

How it began

Johnny Onslow

Project Manager VGT, friend of Vanessa Grant from Molo Primary School


When I first saw the Gogar Primary School in 1999, it was similar to so many rural primary schools in Kenya. […]


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The Vanessa Grant Trust

P O Box 60, Rongai (Nakuru)