This is an important phase for Paluoc carpentry workshop. They are hoping to increase their number of trainees from the current 5 up to 10. They have been obtaining work from local schools, repairing school desks, and have made tables for meeting rooms at a local conference centre. This helps finance the training and is good practical experience for the trainees.They have a planing/thicknesser machine which will also help generate income to help fund training. They have had a major setback with this due to the widening of the Nairobi to Kisumu road. It has meant that the whole area has been without electricity for an extended period of time whilst all of the power cables and poles have been moved. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.Their reporting system, keeping sponsors informed of trainees' progress, has been working well. It also provides the trainees with a small insight into the capabilities of modern I.T.They still need more sponsors so that they can continue to provide training free of charge for those who are not in a position to fund themselves and often have no family able to help them.There are some thoughts about extending the provision so that a greater number can be helped in the future, but that is a problem for another day.They currently have a good selection of refurbished hand tools that have been supplied by UK charities. It is good to have some decent quality tools to train with. Though they have a good stock currently, as they successfully train more youngsters and send them off into the world to earn a living, they will need to replenish their stocks. They hope to give each trainee a basic toolkit when they graduate. Before they get to that stage they have to persuade Paul, their instructor, that they know how to use the tools and also, very importantly, how to look after them. For some of the trainees that is a very new experience.
Alindra Naskar, Principal of the New Life Centre school in Sarberia is keen to provide the children with a rounded education. As well as the academic subjects, he also believes that Art and Sport play an important part in thecurriculum.
In the photo above we see the recent Sports Day and the Long Jump.
There is also the Art Competition each year when the children all submit drawings to see who is the best artist in their age group. This colourful drawing (below) is interesting as the snakes which are an ever present threat in the region are predominant.
Competition is an important part of education, it motivates and informs children and should be enjoyable, as shown on the boy’s face in the long jump.
To sustain this growing school we are asking for sponsors to provide a steady income, and recently I sent them drawings that their sponsored children had made, such as the one here.
Wouldn’t you like to walk hand in hand with one of our children in Sarberia and help them to remain at school and improve their circumstances?
Izzy (one of our volunteers) has, with a lot of help and negotiating from the head mistress, got the local government on side and made much progress on the nursery. It has now got two dedicated classrooms and allows children from the age of 3 to 5 years to attend at no cost to the parents. In turn this is allowing the mothers to try and earn a little money where possible.
We were delighted to learn that one of the teachers at the school who attends college at the weekends (funded through one of our supporters), had been awarded student of the year in 2012 and was presented with a cow. This and the fact that the school obtained the highest overall exam results in the district, shows that real progress is being made!
There are now 2800 children at the School in 31 very hot and cramped classrooms, being taught by only 29 teachers in two sittings per day. Very difficult conditions.
Progress is made possible by people kind enough to give their time and donate a little money to help these under privileged children to try and get some form of education. If you have done so I thank you!
It is hoped that at least two more volunteers will be returning to the school next October/November to continue with work on the classrooms and toilets. Plans for refurbishing the oldest rooms are going ahead to lay floors and place new windows in the existing holes. More water tanks are still a great necessity to stop rainfall going to waste. And teaching English to teachers and students is still a great priority.