Autumn update - Athi school
HATW currently has 4 volunteers on short term placements with Athi school, 3 physiotherapists and an occupational therapist. The school childrenhave made them feel welcome, and teachers and children were delighted with the limited school materials and games that they had been able to bring.
The cost of local supplies has risen significantly recently and there are now 103 children, 5 special needs teachers and several non-teachingsupport staff. Currently, finding enough food to keep the children supplied is a serious concern; with much effort, enough money hasbeen identified to last until the end of November, but the term is then ending early.
There are always developments still to be made – completion of building work makes resource demands, but this may need to be urgentlydiverted instead to meet everyday needs; this means that the dining room which has been built is not fully functional yet, still needingwindows and the internal floor surface finishing.
More classrooms are urgently needed, since the 3 that are currently available cannot house all the children effectively. Classrooms aresplit in half with a thin dividing wall, but it doesn’t help separate the noise of the different lessons! A school dispensary and therapy room to support the disabled children are also badly needed.
The children borrow a ball from the main primary school next door for PE, since they do not have sufficient resources themselves – they canalways do with more games for inside and outside use!
How can you help today - to provide supplies and also complete much needed development?
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