The best way to understand how the work of African Promise and Kids4kEnya is impacting the local community is to hear it directly in the words of the local leaders, head teacher at Kisimenyi, Mr Nicholus Mutui:
“I arrived at Kisimenyi Primary School and the sight that saluted my eyes was of the most modern and beautiful primary school in Taita Taveta county, and all courtesy of African Promise. The pupils had a lot to tell me about ‘our new school’ and I could see they are really proud of the school and wait eagerly to ‘migrate’.
I wish you could know what you’ve done for these children and their parents. The parents look at the school and some shake their heads in disbelief while others cannot hold back tears of joy. These poor peasant farmers had been having their mud school full of cracked walls and crowded dark classrooms for so long that they had given up hope of building a good school for their children. Who would have thought that African Promise would come to their rescue!
As each day we see the completion of the new school coming closer the pupils, teachers and parents pour their prayers to the Almighty God to bless you and African Promise. The pupils say that the best present they can give is [for Kisimenyi] to be a centre of academic brilliance producing pupils who will not stop in [secondary school] but move all the way to university.
With all that is in my heart, I promise you total cooperation in making your promise of better primary schools for Kenya to be realised at Kisimenyi.”
In December Kids4Kenya hosted its first Annual Christmas Party in Towson, MD at which we raised over $7,000 to provide continued funding for the Kisimenyi Project. Many thanks to all who participated. We very much appreciate all the continuing support for this vital project.
We still need a substantial amount of capital to comlete the build out of the classrrooms and facilities at Kisimenyi and we hope that the amazing support we have been able to attract over the past two years will continue and enable us to complete this extensive project.
For additional information on the Kisimenyi project please visit our sister charity website for African Promise at www.africanpromise.co.uk
African Promise founder, Charles Coldman has just returned from an extended visit to Kasigau.
At Kisimenyi, after more than 15 months of construction work, we have begun to paint some of the buildings, including the library, office and nursery school. The stone floors in three of the six classrooms are laid and the remainder will be completed over the next few weeks. We have begun construction of a third four-room tuition block. We hope to have all the buildings fully completed, and furnished, by the start of the next school academic year at the end of January 2013.
African Promise is nearing completion of the construction of the first phase of buildings at Kisimenyi which includes two 4-room tuition blocks as well as a library, office & staffroom block and nursery school. This reaches 295 children and has gone from groundbreaking to nearing completion in the past 3 months. We have also installed twenty- six modern sanitation units which provide facilities for 52 children. Remaining work includes the erection of the ceiling in one of the tuition blocks, the laying of the stone floors in all buildings and final fitting and decorating. We continue to raise funds to furnish the school as well as to construct a third tuition block and kitchen.
In April, Peter and Georgie Teuten visited Kasigau, Kenya to review the progress underway at the 6 schools in the region.
We found that while so much work has been done, there is inevitably so much more still to do. The 8 classroom block at Kisimenyi is taking shape and the foundations for the classroom block at Makwasinyi are being laid, as well as a number of other initiatives that are in process in each of the other schools at Jora, Rukanga and Kithege.
High on the list of needs is boundary fencing for each of the schools, the current lack of which is preventing the schools from growing food crops and also compromising local security.
In addition, the teachers accommodations are in extremely poor condition, and in urgent need of replacement and renovation.
Despite all these issues identified and the urgent need of each, the kids and the communities in Kasigau are upbeat and beginning to show real tangible benefits from our efforts. School academic scores are increasing and class sizes continue to fall as new facilities come on line. Sanitation and feeding facilities are improving and the future is so much brighter thanks to the generosity of our donors and much hard work on the ground.
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