COVID 19 STALLED LEARNING IN OUR SCHOOL FOR MONTHS
By James Omolo | Project Leader
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.
Our Nursery/ECD Classrooms Completely Destroyed by the flood Waters
By James Omolo | Project Leader
The Remains of our ECD classrooms
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.
Our School produced the best boy in PapOnditi village and Construction of the new classes ongoing!
By James | Project Leader
The newly built classes which are flood resistant
There were jubilations all over our village when our best boy emerged the winner in the just-released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) results. The BEST boy managed to score 402 marks out of the possible 500 marks in this year's national examination which was sat by over 1 million standard eight pupils in Kenya. He has now managed entry into one of the best Secondary schools in Kenya, KANGA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL. He wants to be a doctor after completion of his high school and he dreams to join university of Nairobi's school of medicine in four years' time.
We are very happy with these results as these kids get the much-needed quality education that would enable them to join very nice schools for their secondary schooling and be independent in the future and they will be champions of change in my village of Paponditi. This wouldn't be possible without your assistance to keep these young children in our school.
With your continued support, we are able to build flood-proof new classrooms for these children so that we may be able to maintain them at our school where they are getting quality learning. So far so good we have now started building our fourth Permanent Classrooms which is ongoing and hopefully we need to finish it by next year God willing.
It's our humble wish that we accommodate all these children in our new classrooms in the school, so far so good we are moving very well from well-wishers who have helped us to reach the fourth class right now. With your donations, we have managed to do the finishing and fittings of the third classroom and also to start the fourth classroom and which we have managed to buy iron bars, sand for this fourth classroom, the foundation is now ready and the walling would start as soon once we get the money for bricks and cement.
We appeal to your continued support to help us make the fourth classroom a reality we still need approximately 5000 USD to do the walling and roofing and it's my prayer that it will be a reality by end of this year so that the children to use it in the term one 2020 Which would commence in January next year.
Now with your help, we would be able to achieve all the classrooms needed and this would enable an enabling environment for all the children coming to our school. Now there is a very bad flooding going on but our new classrooms are very safe and would see next year God's willing but the old classrooms some might leave us before January since its raining cats and dogs and the river sondu miriu has burst its banks already and everyone fears that these old classrooms would not be used by their children by next year since they are going to be badly damaged by these floodwaters.
So far we have only managed to raise over 2900 USD against 50000 USD Needed to reach our main goal of 8 new classes which are permanent which will house all our 400 pupils whom some have transferred to other public schools nearby where they would not be in a position to get good and quality education for their own prosperity.
Thanks so much to everyone for the much support that you have according to our school and we hope that we shall not disappoint by giving these children the best they can ever have so that we make a history to make them self sufficient and enable them to have a good and sound future for themselves and for our village at large. please share with others our story so that we may reach more who would want to assist us in the rebuilding mission. To me, this project only makes sense when the future of these kids is certain and is brighter than ever before. That's the essence of doing this school project in the midst of our village in paponditi.
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