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 Education  Kenya Project #17418

Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School

by Tana River Life Foundation
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School
TRLF Staff with students
TRLF Staff with students

Thank you for the support in Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School.

Through your contributions, we managed to:

  1. Construct two Classrooms fully equipped with furniture.
  2. Install Solar Panels in the school.
  3. Paid fees for students whose parents had financial challenges.
  4. Support girls with sanitary napkins.
  5. Gave out Solar Lanterns for some students to conduct night studies from their homes.
  6. Construct a twin-toilet.

Those were just a few of the things that helped us rebuild the school. Now it can fully be operational while the foundation will continue supporting them whenever needs arise.

We do hope you can still support us in lighting up the future of our Tana students through our other project Solar Lanterns for Tana Students which will be targeting to assist over 200 students this year.

Regards,

Oscar Raha

Mr Bauto in a classroom with new desks
Mr Bauto in a classroom with new desks

Greetings once again from Tana River Life Foundation and Buyani Secondary School in Chara Location, Tana Delta, Kenya.

In January 2018, the Tana River County government subsidized each student in all the public secondary schools in the county with a bursary of Ksh5,000 (US$50), making it possible for many more students to proceed with their secondary school studies this year. As a result, Buyani Secondary School, like all the other schools in the county, started the year with an increased enrolment, with an increase of girl students enrolled from 100 in 2017 to 129 in 2018. The total student population increased from 254 to 323 over the same period.

The toilet that we constructed with your support for the girl students in November last year was therefore timely and provided much relief in improving what would have become a dire situation affecting the girls hygiene and sanitation at school, negatively impacting their learning environment.

Rhova, a Form 4 student aged 19 years had this to say: “The toilets saves us a lot of time since it reduces overcrowding as in the past when we were all having to share the primary school toilets”. “Now that our toilets are within the secondary school compound, it also helps teachers monitor latecomers” she added with a grin.

“The new girls’ toilet has been very useful because we use the toilets to dispose the used sanitary napkins which helps to keep the environment clean. It also gives us the necessary privacy we need” added Mwanajuma aged 15 years, who joined Buyani Secondary School as a Form 1 student in January this year.

The large increase in students enrolling for Form 1 at Buyani Secondary School in January this year gave rise to a sudden acute shortage of classroom desks and chairs in the school. The Board of Management of Buyani Secondary School made an urgent appeal to Tana River Life Foundation in January for desks and chairs. Fortunately, we were able to provide the emergency assistance of 50 chairs and 50 desks from the furniture that was donated and shipped over from Singapore schools in 2017.

“Three years ago, when I was in Form 1, we were all congested in one class of 80 students with insufficient desks and chairs, with three students sharing one desk meant for a single student. We thank Tana River Life Foundation for their donation of furniture over the last three years as it has greatly reduced classroom congestion enhancing our learning environment. The furniture, especially the chairs also help during school functions, e.g. during parents meetings and academic clinics” says Riadha, aged 16 years and in Form 3.

Mr. Bauto, is an alumni and was also the first head boy of Buyani Secondary School when it restarted in 2013 after being closed during the ethnic clashes in 2012. He completed his studies in November 2015, performing very well in the national examinations. He is now employed by the school Board of Management to teach Biology and Chemistry and will commence tertiary studies leading to a Degree in Education during the school holidays starting April 2018.

Mr. Bauto has this to say to the donors: “On behalf of the teachers and students from Buyani Secondary School, and I being the first beneficiary in many ways in 2013, I would like to appreciate the numerous development assistance received from Tana Rive Life Foundation since we restarted. I am grateful for the continued support and even the most recent assistance.

The toilets which were recently constructed has helped improve school hygiene which was affecting the morale and confidence of the girl students. In addition, helping provide sufficient classroom furniture definitely has an impact on the academic performance of students in Buyani Secondary School. Thank you all sincerely.”

On behalf of the entire school fraternity, we join Mr. Bauto in thanking each one of our donors who has helped support us in one way or another in this long journey of REBUILDING BUYANI SECONDARY SCHOOL.

 

Be blessed abundantly,

Maxwell Jillo – TRLF Volunteer

New Toilets at the School
New Toilets at the School
Mwanajuma a Form 1 student
Mwanajuma a Form 1 student
Riadha a Form 3 Student
Riadha a Form 3 Student
Meeting with Mr Bauto an Alumni and current staff
Meeting with Mr Bauto an Alumni and current staff

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Newly completed girls
Newly completed girls' toilet

Greetings,

Thank you for your continuous support towards the re–construction of Buyani Secondary School. With your support, we have been able to bring down the ratio of Girl students to permanent toilets from 50:1 previously to 26:1, which is below the minimum ratio of 35:1 recommended by the Kenya Ministry of Education. The toilets were completed in November just after the school term ended, and will be ready for use by the students when the new academic year begins on 4th January 2018.

We are now targeting to construct similar facilities for the boys as well by next year. Our aim is to permanently solve the problem of poor sanitation at Buyani Secondary School so as to provide a more conducive learning environment for the students.

The enrolment of boys as at the close of the 2017 academic year was 155. There are at present no permanent toilets for the boys studying at Buyani Secondary School. They are having to rely on two temporary toilets (mud structures). We plam to bring the ratio of boys to toilets at Buyani Secondary School down to within the minimum recommended ratio of 40:1 by 2018.

Once again, on behalf of the local communities benefitting from the improved learning environment at Buyani Secondary through your support, we are grateful and thank each one of you sincerely. 

Sincerely,

Oscar Raha Jr

Former Beneficiary

Side View of Girls
Side View of Girls' Toilet

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Students at Buyani Secondary
Students at Buyani Secondary

Dear Friends and well-wishers,

Thank you all for your continuous support between the last few months when we called for Urgent Response on the Sanitation Problem at the School.  From your contributions, we have been able to collect sufficient funds to start up the construction of the requested toilets.

Since the schools were closed and the country was having general elections, the construction of the toilets was delayed and has just commenced. Initial contractors did inflate the quotation hence we have requested for new ones quotations.

We have also done a survey of toilets constructed within other schools and after comparison, the prices are now favorable and within our estimated budget.

We have started the foundation and targeting to finalize it before end of school break.

Thank you for your continuing support of Rebuilding Buyani Secondary. Be Blessed

Digging the hole for the pit toilet
Digging the hole for the pit toilet
Students outside a completed building
Students outside a completed building

Over the years the foundation has been helping to rebuild Buyani Secondary School and our success can be seen from the series of past reports. Thank you all for your support.

In April this year, heavy rains hit the area and despite all the progress made over the recent years, it is now more important to attend to the issue of poor sanitation in the school. Therefore for this second half of the year our focus is to call upon well-wishers to help us in raising capital to construct good toilets for the school.

From September 2016, the school has been getting warnings from the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation about their poor sanitation facilities. The school has a population of 254 presently, with 115 girls and 139 boys.

The Principal prepared a detailed appeal to the foundation on this particular matter and we would like to assist them as soon as funds are available. The school has temporally toilets to help alleviate the problem for now. We intend to replace these temporary structures with adequate permanent toilet. The Principal's appeal is attached here.

Currently the school has six classrooms and one laboratory. The school is sourcing funds from aid organizations and parents to construct two new classrooms to accommodate the surging student population. Tana River Life Foundation will focus on raising funds for the construction of Toilets. We have a shortfall of USD 2,000 for the proposed project.

We look forward to a successful campaign over the next 3 months. Thank you all once again.

Girls toilet currently being used
Girls toilet currently being used
Staff toilet currently being used
Staff toilet currently being used
Boys toilet currently being used
Boys toilet currently being used
 

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Tana River Life Foundation

Location: Tana River County, Mombassa - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Lyanna Lim
Tana River County, Mombassa Kenya

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