Much progress has been made with the Nursery over the last couple of months - it is now running on a daily basis. There are now around thirty 3 to 5 year olds attending. They have mats to sleep on and are provided with a daily breakfast of porridge, and a meal of rice, beans, and vegetables. A lot of the credit for this success has to go to Izzy one of our volunteers and the Immaculee the school headmistress who between them have overcome the financial and Local Government problems that faced them.
Plans are underway for windows and doors to be placed in the holes that presently exist in the oldest classroom block. With the help of local labour, of whom 28 were employed last year, it might also be possible to lay concrete floors and plaster the walls when we return in October / November 2013.
There is also work to be carried out on the long-drop waterless toilets and there is still a need for more water tanks to be purchased and installed enabling the children to access clean water.
Improvements are slowly taking place in this ever-expanding School, the work is hot and often difficult but the appreciation is apparent not only from the children and the teachers at the School also the local government andofficials who usually pay us weekly visits.
Although our volunteers’ expenses are met by themselves, all this work is only made possible by people kind enough to make donations, allowing us to continue helping at this school. We hope for these very under privileged children that this in turn may give them a better education.
Continuing our links with Athi school, HANDS AROUND THE WORLD plans to send two new volunteers to the school this summer. They will share their time between supporting the disabled children at the school and working with the disability centre at the nearby town of Maua.
Children attending the school stay in the dormitory and benefit from regular meals as well as basic educational support. Families must pay a basic fee for their children to attend, however this is often a challenge for low income families.
Funds which are donated to the school are used to provide additional resources, educational equipment and to supplement support staff costs. Having a dining and kitchen area (built by HATW volunteers) has been a great benefit, but there is still need for additional basic equipment for cooking and serving food.
Additionally, we would like to raise funds to equip an Orthopaedic workshop – just £500 to start this project. All this money will go to the partner project at the Disability Community Centre in Maua – for equipment, staff training in practical skills and a contribution towards helping children of the very poorest families by funding the necessary mobility equipment. The DCC works with children attending Athi school, providing regular therapy visits for children with long-term physical needs; please help us achieve this initial target to ensure that the children attending the school can have appropriate mobility aids.