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

The school term started in January 2018 when the pupils and teachers reported back ready for the year 2018, unfortunately they had a great loss in the first week when they opened the school.  One of the school teachers passed away on 4th January 2018 when he reported to school as usual early in the morning when he was attacked by bees to death.  The bees were in the school compound where they had been for a while, the pupils started shouting when the bees became violent and started attacking them and when the teacher came out of the staffroom to check why the pupils were shouting he was badly attacked and passed away before reaching the hospital.  It was very sad for the whole Kachiuru community but otherwise they are slowly recovering from the loss and the bad incidence.  Otherwise school program is going on well and the pupils have started well with most of them reporting after the December holiday.  As earlier mentioned, 15 candidates did their final exams in October last year and all of them were admitted to secondary schools in January 2018.  Although the performance was not very good, they all managed to go to secondary schools.  We are happy that some of them were lucky to get scholarships from different well-wishers and now already in school.  Together with our partners FKSW, we have managed to give annual scholarships to the most vulnerable children in the community.  We have also managed to support feeding program in the school and we remain optimistic that we will get enough funds to continue supporting this noble initiative.  We have also re-established school garden project to produce some vegetables to supplement the nutrition, although it is very dry at the moment, we hope the weather will improve in March & April.  The pupils are currently preparing the garden ready for planting.  We hope they will manage to do some crop watering as they are planning to do so before the rains come.  The pupils are very determined and we wish them all.  Thank you all for the continued support.

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We thank God for the successful school term and actually end of the year for our schools despite many challenges in many areas Kachiuru being one of the affected areas.  It was an election year and so life has not been easy for many citizens especially the less privileged, vulnerable and those in very remote areas.  We are happy we managed to have our feeding program in Kachiuru primary school throughout the year.  This has been very successful initiative which attracted many children in the school and maintained them there thus benefiting with the education.  This year Kachiuru has 15 students who will be sitting for their national exams as from 31st October 2017.  This is good news as the school did not have enough students last year to sit for the exams thus forcing them to be registered in other schools for them to sit for their final national exams.  We wish the 15 students luck in their forth coming exams and we are optimistic that they will perform well and secure vacancies in the best secondary schools.  We are also happy to report that Kachiuru primary will benefit with another classroom which will be constructed during the November/December holiday and in January 2018 the classroom will be ready for use.  The classroom construction has been funded by Wide Awake through our partners Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW) and we take this opportunity to express our gratitude to everybody who has contributed towards the success of the Kachiuru community.  With the contribution received though global giving community, we have been able to support the most vulnerable students in the Kachiuru primary school and we will continue supporting them and the whole school as we continue fundraising to be able to support all students in the school. We remain optimistic that we will have enough funds to continue supporting the feeding program in the school as well as providing scholarships to the most vulnerable children.  We thank all the well-wishers for their kind support to the Kachiuru community and I encourage them to consider supporting them further

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It’s now end of second term for our schools and we are happy that despite very many challenges in the country, all has been well in our schools and the students.  The progress in Kachiuru was good and the school management did their best to ensure that the term was successful.  I had the opportunity to visit the school in June 2017 during official opening of community dispensary which together with our partners and well-wishers supported in construction and furnishing.  The dispensary is constructed in the Kachiuru school compound and managed by the school committee we are proud of this achievement as the community can now access the health services near them.  During the visit together with the team we had an opportunity to meet with the school management committee and discussed achievements, challenges and way forward.

We learnt that the school is yet to receive any support from the county government or any other body towards latrine repair.  They had been given promises but they are concerned that this has been there without any action especially during these campaigns period.   They continue to appeal to well-wishers to support them towards this issue.   The school management is also working hard towards fundraising for a classroom construction but it has been very difficult since the area has been extremely dry this year and last year and many parents have migrated with their livestock in search of greener pastures.  The few families left cannot raise any funds at the moment due to the hardship in the area.  We hope that the situation will improve and the community will be able to earn some income at least to support their own families.  We appreciate the kind support given by our partners and well-wishers towards the Kachiuru community.

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Kachiuru primary school management and parents has not been successful in addressing latrines issue in the school and no progress has been made towards repairing of the collapsed latrines.  As earlier reported parents are not in a position to contribute towards repairing since the situation of their income has worsened and they have no reliable source of income as they are struggling hard to make the ends meet.  The school management committee has requested various well-wishers to help them repair the latrines but so far no positive response from either of them.  Pupils in the school are still sharing the few available latrines. We hope the situation will improve at some point.  Together with our partners Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW) we will continue with feeding program for this term which has started today after April holiday.  This time it’s a bit challenging since most food stuff have increased in price and we had to adjust budgets to accommodate the extra costs of the food.  Feeding program is a very important intervention considering the prolonged drought in the area many parents are struggling to feed their families and having lunch in school has been motivating many children.  We are still fundraising for construction of a classroom and desks and we take this opportunity to thank all our well-wishers for their generous contribution towards Kachiuru community and we urge them to continue supporting the community as well as sharing with other potential well-wishers, we are optimistic that together we will improve lives of our less privileged communities.  Thank you very much as you join hands in community development network.

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The school program resumed on 4th January 2017 after long December holiday. The school community started the term with a very serious issue of girls’ pit latrine collapsing and posing danger to the school community in terms of their health and injuries. This issue is very sensitive and requires urgent support to repair the latrines. At the moment boys and girls in the school are forced to share the few boys’ latrines in the school. The school management is trying to approach the local government institution to assist them in repairing the latrines but so far no positive response from various stakeholders. The management appeals to all well-wishers to support them in repairing the latrines. Parents and the community cannot raise funds for the same at the moment since they are going through very difficult situation due to prolonged drought in the area making it very difficult for them to provide food for their families. Although drought has affected most regions in the country, this year, Kachiuru is extremely affected since it has been very dry since last year and the community mainly depends on pastoralism for their livelihoods and at the moment their livestock are dying due to prolonged drought living them with very little for survival. We are happy that we have been able to sustain feeding program in the school therefore keeping many children in the school and relieve the parents in providing lunch to their children where many cannot afford 2 meals per day. Due to the drought the school garden is also affected and irrigation is not very sustainable at the moment since water is also scarce. We remain optimistic that the situation will improve soon.
The need for a classroom is still a challenge and the community is still pursuing the possibility of support by the Community Development Fund (CDF) and we hope they will be successful although they want to address the latrine matter first since it is more urgent. We invite all our well-wishers to consider joining us in supporting Kachiuru community.
Together with our partners Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW), we have provided annual scholarships to the beneficiaries and they are proceeding on well. We hope to raise more funds to continue supporting the school and especially in infrastructures, desks and feeding program. We thank all those who have participated towards the achievements this far and encourage them and others to extend their support even more to Kachiuru primary school to improve learning environment in the school.

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