First and foremost allow me to great you very much from this part of the owrld in Paponditi Kneya where this project is located in a tiny village near the shores f lake victoria, From the 26th July all our pupils came back to the school after a very short holidays that only lasted for ten days and this was necessitated by the ministry of education to aneble learners catch up after a very long hgolidays that happened last year due to covid. The Pupils were so happy to be back at school to start a fresh term which will go upto end of september this year and again they shall be having another short period for holidays at home to come back in october and finish up in december for the long holidays then
We are so happy that they have been in school and the l;earning is going on so smoothly despite all the shortcomings and they are very determined indeed, our girls and boys who sat their national examinisations are also gearing up to jioin veriuos secondary school as from 2nd august and thats a good gesuture indeed as most of them have secured very good school to continue with their high schooling and we beilkiuve that they will prosper and go ahead with education further.
We welcome and appriciate all your efforts towards this life changing project in my community and i believe it would go along way to change so many ives iof the coming genrations whom will be very well taken careof and will be very independent in life. we envissioned a very humbled community with its populace being able to take good care of their needs and environment that is why we unvest itheir education now.
The face of our school is changing so much at the beggining of this year when we began the construction of the TWIN ECD classrooms within our compound this is after the previuos classes were destroyed by the flood waters hence we could not have the children in the destroyed classroom hence we embarked on series of fundraisers events which led us ot KCDF in kenya who gave us a matching grant for the construction of these twin classrooms. Together with other well wishers we were able to start this ambituous project which is now t lintol stage and soon we shall be able to do the roofing of these two classrooms to aneable the children to come back into their classrooms after sharing classes with other children for three months now after the re openning of the schools earlier this year, we do hope that by the start of next term in Mauythey shall have had a nicely rebuild classrooms to accomodate them well with enugh space for achieving social distancing in the classrooms.
This would not have been achieved were it not for the wellwishers in kenya and beyond whom have successfully enabled us to achieve this huge milestone in terms of our school's reconstruction. We thanks everyone who are in volved in thsi noble cause to continue with us in this journey as we try to change the lives of these young ones here in My village in Paoponditi Kenya. Our sincere gratitude to KCDF team in Nairobi for coming to assist us in mobilising the support to construct these new classroms for the sake of our nursery kids whom were left withhout a classroom when the floods wrecked havoc in my community two years ago. We strive to go like this and make sure that we rebuild all the eight classrooms within the shorted time possible. Thank you sicerely and we look forward towards a better society in future and this we can achieve togeher as a team.
The schools have been closed since March 2020 and the children have stayed at home for all this time. this was occasioned by the Corona Pandemic. The chidlren have been with their parents for the longest time ever. Now Its good news here in kenya as teh govrenment have partially re openned schools for learners in Grade four and class eight, these are those whom are preparing to sit their national examinations and they have been allowed back to school after over seven months staying at hoem due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
All our teachers have reported back to school to start teaching this lot of pupils and we recieved all of them and we never lost any pupils due to covid 19 or any other ailments and learning has started off so well from last month. these candidates are preparing themselves for the end of year examinatiosn which will be carried on in the month of April 2021. These lot were to sit fr the final exams in the mnth of novermber but had been pushed forward to teh month of April 2021.
We have also recieved grant from a local non governmental organization here in kenya which have partnered with us to help us build two more classes for ECD pupils. The organization known as KCDF has been able to grant us 1million kenya shillings which is a matching grant for the rebuilding of the two classes. We mobilised teh half of the total amount which they offered to match for us and in total we shall be constructing two new claases at a cst of 2 Million kenya shiling which is equivalent to 20,000 USD. Once complted the two classrooms would host all our ECDE pupils since their classroom went down last year and thesze children have been learning outside on the shades of the trees. We do hope by the time schools fully opens in january these two classrooms would host our small children learning in ECD.
It’s been now over four months since the government of Kenya closed all the schools in the country following the outbreak of this corona disease and life hasn’t been so easy for most of the children staying at home with their parents including the ones that would be sitting for their last examinations latter tis year. Its been ahrd for them to stay at home without any learning going on.
This disease has brought learning in Kenya to a halt and hence the children have nothing to do at home, the school will reopen once the government gives a directive on what is to be done before the reopening of the schools herein Kenya. This has affected our learning calendar especially with the national examinations candidates whom are not certain when they would be sitting for their end of primary education examinations which was scheduled to be done in the month of November this year.
So far we are at the Fourth classroom and we still have four to go as we needed a total of eight classrooms for all our children to have descent water proof classrooms.To give you an update on the building of our new classrooms we are still mobilizing materials and resources for the faur remaining classrooms, and this month we got good news from one of the organizations in Kenya which has agreed to partner with us to build to support in buiding two nursery classrooms which went down due to the floods this year and these two classes would house the smallest children in the school. They will be used for Early childhood Development centre, the organization has agreed to fund us to the tune of $100,000 USD on conditional grant that we must also raise the similar amount so that we will be able to build these two classroom of our ECD children. This comes amid Covid 19 pandemic and the challenge on our side is how we would raise this prerequisite amount from our side so that we could access these funds for doing the two classes but we do hope for the best as we reach out to well-wishers around here in Kenya and beyond.
Its my humble oppinion that we must move with speed before the government opens the schools in their new academic calender after covid. In this way we have all the time to enable us get well prepared for the social distancing in schools which will imply we have the required numebr of children per class. Seems even children in government school would be reduced hence the number of children coming to our school would increase signiaficantly hence the demand to have all these classes ready for this eventuality.
As the rains continues to pound heavily in the western side of Kenya the flooding waters has really caused more harm to Several schools which have been submerged in waters and many children left to stay at home as schools re opened early this year. At our own school we had a very divasticating experience when All our three classrooms for the smaller children in our nursery classes have been left without classrooms when all their three classes were brought down by the flood waters.
The three classrooms are already down and the others seriously damaged by these flood waters. While some other schools which are at higher grounds have been converted into evacuation centers where most families including women and children are being hosted after their houses were destroyed and swept by the flooding waters. The newly build classrooms within our school are very well elvated to withstand all these ravaging flood waters and are now being used by the children We are at our fourth classroom and moving and hopefully we shall be able to get good parmanent classrooms which are flood proof to our children.
Our school is now at the verge of closure after the flood waters weakened most of our classrooms and the three classes have already succumbed to the ongoing flooding’s and one of our pit latrines have also went down after the ground became so weak to hold it and it curved in. The whole pupil’spopulation now has only three pit latrines left standing which may also be a health hazard to these pupils.
We strive to complete and move these chidlren to the newly built classrooms for their well being since the flooding is not stopping any soon. With your support we are able to achieve this within the smallest time possible. Thanks so much for those of you whom have been so much of help to our school and we do hope that we shall overcome all these sooner than latter to enable thse children to have the best education possible and end the porverty circles they experience here.
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