Education
 Kenya
Project #7565

Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa

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.

The progress in Kachiuru primary school has been very good and the school had concluded the term well.  The feeding program was successful and teachers, parents and parents are very grateful and thank all the well-wishers who have supported them throughout the year.    They are happy that the school enrolled more pupils in the course of the year despite the challenges of few classrooms and desks.  The headteacher and the parents are still appealing to the government to consider supporting them with desks and more classrooms.  They are optimistic that the school will have more pupils willing to join school in January 2017 and they wish to accommodate them if it will be possible.   The government has promised them more classrooms but this has been the promise since the beginning of the year.  There is also need for more pit latrines for pupils use since the population is growing hence the need for more latrines as they have few and the pupils are forced to share the few that are available.

We invite all well-wishers to consider supporting this noble project to improve conducive learning environment for the pupils.  We are happy that the community is seriously considering educating girl child after a long campaign.  The school now has many girls unlike there before where only few girls used to go to school.  We continue encouraging the parents to continue with the same spirit and more so encourage those who are still not into educating girl child.  Thank you again for those who have supported this project and welcome many more to join hands towards this project.

Our beneficiaries and their families are proceeding on well despite the harsh weather conditions in various parts.  It has been dry for a while and most farmers lost their crops due to shortage of rains and especially the short period crops which were heavily affected.  The farmers are now happy as it is now raining heavily and their crops will improve as they plant new ones.  We were able to conduct training on value addition to encourage our beneficiaries to add value to their products when they are in plenty.  We also encouraged them to continue visiting youth polytechnics that we are working with as they are around them and there are much more to learn from them.   We will continue building their capacity to ensure good progress as well as training them to become trainers to benefit others.  This project has been very successful and our beneficiaries really appreciate the support given to them and especially on health and nutrition considering their status.  They also appreciate the income generating activities that we have helped them achieve either from their kitchen gardens, small livestock, table banking and small businesses and they thank all those who have walked with them all through.  We will continue supporting them for more achievements as we fundraise for more projects that will benefit them and the community directly.  Thank you all for your support to this far and the far that we intend to get with our beneficiaries.

Candidates from Kachiuru primary school who sat for their final exams last year and performed quite well were lucky to get sponsorship from various well-wishers and all of them joined different high schools in Meru County.  Necofa together with our partner Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW) were able to offer scholarship to one student from the area by the name Naomi Ntinyari where we will be supporting 80% of her school fees every term. The girls was from Kachiuru primary school.   Parents from this school were very happy to see their children join high school and especially the girl child.  Educating girl child from this region is slowly being taken positively and literate parents are really encouraging the community to consider educating their girls. 

The school kitchen project was successfully finished and it is now in use and the feeding programme is proceeding on well and attracting more children from the village to join the school.  The headteacher has reported that the school population is growing and they are looking forward for more development.  They currently have few permanent classrooms and they are still fundraising for more classrooms and desks to improve on current learning environment.  We thank our partners and all well-wishers for their noble support towards Kachiuru Primary School. 

We are happy to report that we managed to renovate Kachiuru primary school latrines and they are serving the pupils quite well despite being few. Together with our partners, we were able to fundraise for renovation of the pit latrines and this has improved on conducive learning environment. We are also happy to report that Kachiuru pupils sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) for their first time in the school history and more so one of the scholarships beneficiary girl was leading with 338 marks out of possible 500 marks. This was so encouraging considering that the community was heavily affected by tribal crashes between October and November 2015 when the candidates were preparing to sit for their final exams in November. The performance was a good starting point and the candidate set a nice starting point for the other pupils behind her. The other candidates also performed fairly in the final exams as majority got 280 marks and above. We really encourage parents and well wishers to consider supporting the school for better future of our children.
Together with our partners, we are in the process of rehabilitant the school kitchen and currently the work is on-going and in 2 weeks time the kitchen will be ready for use. At the moment the school has been cooking on open air place thank to our partners for supporting the kitchen project. We take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed towards success of Kachiuru primary school and we encourage them to continue supporting the school for more success.

 

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Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​necofakenya@wordpress.com
Project Leader:
Samuel Muhunyu
Project Leader
Molo , Rift Valley Kenya

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