Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
By Lucy Mathenge - Project Assistant
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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