Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya

Learning sessions in Kachiuru primary school have resumed after a long closure as a result of covid 19 pandemic.  Pupils and teachers have started the term well and they are working hard to recover the time lost during the pandemic and preparing candidates who will be sitting for their national exams in March 2021 we wish them all the best.  The area is very dry at the moment with no pastures for the livestock thus making many parents to migrate in search of greener pastures.  Community members are still struggling to put food on the table as it has been the case since the pandemic hit our country in March 2020.  We have continued to support the vulnerable families with food and soaps to keep them going and we appreciate the great support given to the community.  There is a bit of relief now that pupils are back to school where through our support they benefit on feeding program where they get morning porridge and lunch, again thank you to our partners for supporting the feeding program in the school. 

Keeping physical distance in classroom as recommended by the ministry of health is not easy in most schools in Kenya as many have high populations in a single classroom and limited number of desks worsen the situation.  In Kachiuru primary it is not any different from other schools and pupils are learning normally but at least with facemasks.  At the moment, parents are very low financially and they cannot promise any contribution at the moment to improve the situation.  We are happy they have several permanent classrooms in the school and what they urgently need at the moment is additional desks and more learning materials.  Due to the high costs of living, parents are not in a position to chip in into this as most economic status have been affected by the pandemic.  On behalf of the Kachiuru community I invite and welcome our GlobalGiving friends and partners to help us in improving conducive learning environment for Kachiuru pupils by providing more desks and other learning materials.  Support of any kind is highly appreciated and it will definitely make a significant difference.   Thank you very much for the continued support, we wish you prosperous New Year with more fruits. 

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The situation in Kachiuru has been tough during the covid 19 pandemic.  Lifestyle has been affected by the pandemic as many community members have not been earning any come as they used to earn before the pandemic.  Many could get casual work and at the end of the day put food on the table for the families but things changed to the worse.  Businesses have been affected as well worsening the already worse situation.  Learners have been at home since March with more and more challenges.  Necofa and our partners have continued to support the community with food stuff and hygiene soap since the pandemic hit the country.  Thank you to our partners for their continued support to our communities.   In August, the ministry of education encouraged school teachers to consider teaching learners and doing revision works at village level but this did not happen in many parts of the country for various reasons.  In our case we supported the idea of teachers conducting revisions with the nearby learners and of course observing protective measures given by the ministry of health.  In support of the idea we initiated a learning program in Kachiuru School and encouraged grade seven and eight learners to take advantage of that and participate in the learning sessions.  We supported them with face masks, revision materials and we have been appreciating the teachers with a monthly fee as they are not employed by the government hence not earning any income since schools were closed in mid March.  Once more we express our sincere gratitude to our partners and well wishers.  The Kachiuru project has been tough and without your support it could have been even tougher.  Thank you for choosing to walk the tough journey with us and the Kachiuru community as we request for further support to enable us achieve our goal. 

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The school term started well in Kachiuru primary school with the new headteacher managing all the school activities as planned until when all the institutions were closed indefinitely by the president of the republic of Kenya as a result of covid 19 pandemic in mid March 2020.  This was a huge blow to many parents and guardians since it was unexpected and their children have been having their meals in the school in school feeding program hence they had not budgeted for breakfast and lunch at homes.  They had to adjust with the new development although most of them could not afford 3 meals per day since their source of income was as well affected by the pandemic resulting to low income and others not earning any income at all.  It has been very difficult moments for many Kenyans as most jobs and businesses were closed down due to the pandemic and mostly affecting the very vulnerable families who mostly depend on casual labour for their daily income for the survival of their families.  Through our community animator in Kachiuru we have been following up on the situation on the ground where she has reported that many families are facing difficulties in getting food.  In Kachiuru village, residents mainly depend on livestock rearing for their source of income where they sell livestock products and livestock for their income which is heavily affected by the corona disease thus leaving them very desperate.  Our organization and our partners have decided to intervene on this by distributing food, soaps and face masks to the most vulnerable families in the village to ensure at least they are protected from the disease as well as having food on their table even if it’s one meal a day.  Most families in the region are very needy and don’t receive government support and they don’t have access to information.  Schools are still closed and children encouraged staying at home for them to be safe as we wait for further directions from the government concerning the education program.  Our community animator have been sensitizing community on importance of observing safety during this monster pandemic by keeping social distancing, regular hand washing, sanitizing etc.  To be able to support the Kachiuru community with more food and other essentials during these harsh moments we invite all well-wishers, friends and colleagues to support us with any type of support for us to extend the same to the very needy and vulnerable community members.  We appreciate your continued support that we have received and request for further support whenever possible.  Thank you and stay safe.

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Kachiuru primary school resumed after long December holiday with some management changes. This is after the headteacher was transferred to another school and a new headteacher reported to the school although this took sometimes for the pupils and parents to adjust to the new changes, normal school activities are now going on as usual. We held a meeting in January 2020 with the new headteacher and school Board of Management (BOM) to brief the teacher on our various interventions in the school as well as discussing the way forward. One of the issues we discussed was the previous plans of holding a fundraising ceremony with the parents and other guests to raise funds for purchasing school desk. As earlier reported, the parents suggested that the ceremony to be held this year. After long discussion with the BOM, it was agreed that the fundraising be held next term that is between May and July 2020. This is to give room for the new teacher to understand the process well as well as knowing more about the interventions. It was also suggested that the headteacher to call for a teachers parents meeting in the course of them so that they can as well have a clear picture of the promises and to commit themselves in participating and contributing the money for that development. We are happy and wish to thank our partners for sponsoring feeding program in the school for another year and also for providing scholarships for the most vulnerable pupils in the school 35 pupils benefited on scholarships and we appreciate the support. Kachiuru primary had candidates sitting for national exams in November last year and we are happy to report that the candidates did well and most of them joined secondary schools with few of them joining vocational training centres congratulations to the candidates. Through our partners, we have also supported a few students who joined the secondary school and 1 vocational training student. We are happy for the good progress and feel sorry that we were not able to support all the students who requested for the support due to limited resources. We have encouraged them to apply for bursaries and seek support from other organizations and banking institutions we wish them well. Thank you to all who have supported us and the Kachiuru community in one way or the other and we are optimistic that we get more support from our friends, well-wishers and our partners.

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Kachiuru primary school progress has been good despite the many challenges in the course of the year.  We are happy that they still managed at long last year and the school year has ended successfully.  Third was quite short and not much could have been considering the grade 8 pupils were preparing for their end of year national exams which was completed last week.  As earlier reported, it was expected that the school head teacher would resume duties after the motorbike accident last term.  He reported back for third term and resumed his duties.  Grade 8 pupils sat for their national exams last week and we are happy we managed to support the pupils and supervisors with the necessary support that they require during exams.  For the pupils we supported them with exams materials like geometrical sets, clip boards and stationeries.  For the supervisors we supported them with transport, meals and accommodation and we are optimistic the pupils will perform well and secure admissions in various secondary schools.

In the earlier reports there, were plans to organize fundraising event to raise funds for school desks and other learning materials but as earlier reported, parents were not in a position to raise funds as a result of low income mainly caused by prolonged drought in the region leaving them with very little for survival.   The school management decided to put the event on hold until when the situation improves.  We have not given up on this and we have continued fundraising on behalf of the Kachiuru and we appreciate the support given by the well-wishers as we continue requesting for more. The school is expected to increase next year therefore in need of more desks and learning materials to improve learning environment for the pupils.  We will not get tired or give-up and we continue requesting our friends and well-wishers to consider supporting this project.  Thank you for your continued support and we urge you not to get tired either and continue the journey with us.  Thank you very much.

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Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
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Samuel Muhunyu
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Samuel Muhunyu
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Molo , Rift Valley Kenya

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