The Solar Panels have been installed and watch the drama club in action
By Iris Tay - Volunteer
Buyani Classes in Session
Thanks for your support.
In March this year, Tana River Life Foundation installed solar panels at Buyani High School and provided solar lamps for the students. This would enable the boys and girls to spend evenings doing their homework and revision. Previously the students could not study in the evenings or did so under the dim light of kerosene lamps.
Thanks to your support, we supported the Drama Club in participating in the County competition which they won. This is the first time they are participating and did very well performing an original play written by their English teacher Mr Simiyu. They then proceeded to the Regional competitions in Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya. The foundation sponsored their transportation cost to the city which is more than 6 hours away by bus.
We are working towards building a multipurpose room for after school activities and to house the mobile library which visits twice a month.
Mobile Library Services Temporarily Suspended due to Heavy Rains
By Iris Tay - Volunteer
Bus stuck in the mud during the rainy season
The months of May, June and July brought heavy rains to the Tana Delta. The roads leading to the villages which the mobile library services were flooded and water logged. The team attempted to brave the rains to bring the library to the schools, however the bus was stuck in the mud. As a result the service was suspended during the rainy season.
The school holidays started in August. During this lull period, the team restocked the books and is raring to resume the service once the school term begins again. Term resumed in September and so did the mobile library service. This term we have added Marifano Secondary School to the program and the library now services 3 secondary schools on the Delta. The other 2 schools are Buyani Secondary School and Gardeni Secondary School.
We are looking forward to more students enjoying the mobile library this term as the dry season begins.
By Iris Tay - Volunteer, Tana River Life Foundation
Letter of Appreciation from teacher 1 of 2
From August 2012 to January 2013, the Tana Delta Sub-County was rocked by intense ethnic violence, which resulted in destroyed roads, disrupted education, and affected farming and livestock breeding.
In the last half a year Tana River Life Foundation has been part of the Tana Delta Peace Forum set up by the office of the Deputy County Commissioner to address issues of Peace and Development in the Tana Delta. Being a major stakeholder in education in the area, TRLF is extending its programs to these communities. These programs are designed to mitigate the risks of future reccurrences of the senseless violence. Setting up a mobile library is the first of a series of programs designed to improve access to quality education. The library will service schools with the least developed education infrastructure and that were most affected by the conflict in 2012/2013.
Thank you for your generous donations. We raised over $5000 during the Open Challenge.
The inaugural library session was held on 28th Febuary when a bus load of books arrived at Buyani Secondary School. This was the first library the students had ever encountered. Every one of the 97 students in the school visited the library. Each student could borrow by up 4 books for a period of 2 weeks.
The mobile library visited Gardeni Secondary School next. A good number of the 180 students visited the library. In addition teachers have also registered as members of the library. We have received a commendation and Thank You letter from teachers for initiating this project.
The project is off to a good start, we will continue to run the library throughout the school year, taking breaks during the school holidays. Competitions to encourage reading will begin from the next school term which will start at the end of May.