Today we bring you the exciting news that we've been waiting more than two years to deliver; a new school for 600 pupils at Kisimenyi is now open for learning!"The parents had lost all hope of building a good school for theirchildren. African Promise has come to the rescue."Mr Nicholus Mutui, head teacher, Kisimenyi Primary School
Our first phase of work at Kisimenyi has utterly transformed the learning environment for the school's now 600 pupils through the followingprojects:
· twelve safe, bright and spacious classrooms;
· an individual desk and chair for each of them;
· a dedicated nursery school with playground and custom-made tables and chairs;
· a secluded library stocked with 1,500 reading books for all ages and abilities;
· more than 2,500 new textbooks they have their own book for each and every subject;
· improved water supply thanks to 80,000lit of rainwater storage capacity;
· administrative facilities for teachers including staffroom and private offices
· modern sanitation facilities, with seperate units for nursery pupils, primary pupils and adults, and for boys and girls.
The building work at Kisimenyi is now complete and the opening ceremony took place in Mid June with African Promise founder Charles Coldman in attendance.
Kisimenyi houses up to 550 students and the following infrastructure is now complete and in operation:
Classrooms - Twelve (12) classrooms - painted and fitted out (internal doors, glazing,shelving etc).
Library, Nursery school & Staffroom offices - workon these buildings is fully complete
Sanitation - 26 modern sanitation units have been installed strategically around the new schoolcompound
Furniture - All furniture (inc.desks, tables & chairs for classrooms, and bookcases for the library) has been custom-made off site.
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.
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