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Feb 20, 2018

Students did well in exams, thanks to the lamps

Bubesa Primary School Primary School National Exam
Bubesa Primary School Primary School National Exam

In 2017, Tana River Life Foundation embarked on a new project of providing Solar Lanterns for students from the most rural villages in the Tana Delta. This was to enable them to do their homework and revise their studies at night at home, as well as providing their entire household with extra “daylight” for productive work like weaving mats and tailoring.

We started with a community survey and selected three schools for the pilot project. The first beneficiaries were primary school students in their final year living in villages without access to electricity.

We recently re-visited the three primary schools to evaluate the impact of this assistance.

(a) Bubesa Primary School : 12 beneficiaries

At Bubesa, the solar lanterns had a tremendous impact on the performance of the students in the national exams last November. The graduating class emerged top for the first time in the Garsen North Zone which comprises of ten schools. The mean grade obtained by all the graduating students showed an improvement of 20.44%.  They performed best in Mathematics. All except one student progressed to secondary school in January this year.

The class teacher, Mr. Mohamed Omar Bona, organized the entire class into small study groups according to the location of their homes.  During the harvest season, when the students could not attend school regularly, the respective groups studied together at night on their farms with the solar lamps hanging from trees.

 

(b) Vumbwe Primary School : 17 beneficiaries

Students from Vumbwe showed a big improvement in the national examinations with an increased number of girls being placed in top National and County secondary schools in January this year.

 

( c ) Mwina Primary School : 21 beneficiaries

In Mwina, the parents organized local boarding where the students camped in school during term time, sleeping in classrooms. This enabled them study together at night. The students therefore only used the solar lamps during the weekends and school holidays. The impact was therefore limited, although the school still managed to get a student placed in the top ranked girls’ County secondary school for the first time in the past 3 years.

 

The project has had a tremendous impact on improving education opportunities for rural primary school children, especially if the program is well managed by the schools and parents. For 2018, we have obtained relevant data and statistics from the Ministry of Education for all the public primary schools in the Sub-County to map out our targeted areas for assistance. We hope that with continued support from willing partners, we will be able to Light up the Future of at least 200 students this year.

On behalf of all the students who benefited from this assistance last year, we thank each one of you who made the pilot project possible. 

 

Graduating Class of Bubesa Primary School
Graduating Class of Bubesa Primary School
Mohamed Ali first beneficiary of the Pilot Program
Mohamed Ali first beneficiary of the Pilot Program

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Dec 13, 2017

The Toilets have been Built !

Newly completed girls' toilet
Newly completed girls' toilet

Greetings,

Thank you for your continuous support towards the re–construction of Buyani Secondary School. With your support, we have been able to bring down the ratio of Girl students to permanent toilets from 50:1 previously to 26:1, which is below the minimum ratio of 35:1 recommended by the Kenya Ministry of Education. The toilets were completed in November just after the school term ended, and will be ready for use by the students when the new academic year begins on 4th January 2018.

We are now targeting to construct similar facilities for the boys as well by next year. Our aim is to permanently solve the problem of poor sanitation at Buyani Secondary School so as to provide a more conducive learning environment for the students.

The enrolment of boys as at the close of the 2017 academic year was 155. There are at present no permanent toilets for the boys studying at Buyani Secondary School. They are having to rely on two temporary toilets (mud structures). We plam to bring the ratio of boys to toilets at Buyani Secondary School down to within the minimum recommended ratio of 40:1 by 2018.

Once again, on behalf of the local communities benefitting from the improved learning environment at Buyani Secondary through your support, we are grateful and thank each one of you sincerely. 

Sincerely,

Oscar Raha Jr

Former Beneficiary

Side View of Girls' Toilet
Side View of Girls' Toilet

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Nov 27, 2017

Progress

Parents' Meeting at Asa
Parents' Meeting at Asa

Greetings,

Thank you for your continuous support on the solar lantern project for students from rural villages in the Tana Delta of Kenya. With your support, we have to date been able to assist students from three schools in Garsen North, the majority of whom are children of subsistence farmers. We now plan to focus our attention on the Garsen West area, specifically Assa Location.

Assa is far flung and remote and not easily accessible during the rains. It is approximately 200km away from our office in Idsowe village. Most of the families are nomadic pastoralists, migrating seasonally according to the availability of pasture and grazing land for their stock of livestock.

We undertook a survey at Assa Primary School and identified deserving students who will receive their solar lanterns early next year. Lanterns were purchased just before the middle of last term but we could not proceed with the distribution then due to the rains which had partially cut off road access to the school for some time. Due to the national elections which followed shortly after and the ongoing national school leaving examinations, we have postponed the distribution of the lanterns to January 2018.

With your continued support, we will continue to assist students from remote and far flung villages off the national power grid. Thank you once again for helping us light up the future of many young people from Tana Delta.

 

Be blessed.

Solar Lamps for Assa
Solar Lamps for Assa

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