In addition to supporting ex poachers with alternative livelihoods we work alongside the community to help with local development and support educational projects.
At the Shimoni primary school security has been a real cause of concern and an inhibiting factor in developing the school. Over recent times we have sadly seen theft of rain harvesting gutters, the roof from the reading banda and even doors from the classrooms. This was due to a lack of security meaning that anyone could wander into the school area. The school did actually have a fence on two sides and a wall on one although a lack of a complete wall left the school very vulnerable to theft. Now, due to the support of a generous supporter, we have been able to construct a wall covering the front of the plot and supply an entrance gate.
GVI project manager Valerie McCormack explains the impact this has made:
'Thanks to this very generous donation we have begun work on the surrounding wall and there already is an amazing feeling of security within the school. Madam Hanna the head-teacher is so excited and even plans to start bringing a laptop onto the premises to start computer lessons as she feels it is finally safe to do so. The whole school is very grateful for the kindness shown. In the prize giving ceremony this week there are plans to give thanks for the support and dedication shown to the school. It is amazing how just one wall and a gate will make such a difference to the outlook of this school.'
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