In 2015, we provided solar lanterns as well as solar panels to the school. The solar panels are now fully utilized by the school to power the 2 computers in the school and to light the classrooms at night for students to do their homework. Students from more than 7 villages in the Chara Location attend Buyani Secondary School. Some students are unable to go in to school at night to do their homework after dinner. As a result we will be providing solar lanterns to Form Four students who live in villages furthest from the school. During our quarterly visit to the school, Emmanuel aged 20 years shared, “I commute from Kibokoni and I prefer doing my night studies at home because the school is far from home and sometimes I encounter wild animals on my way home.” This was seconded by another student Ali aged 17 years from Ozi village where he is quoted, “I usually study at home at night but at times there is a shortage of paraffin and I am not able to complete my assignments.”
We visited the homes of some of our beneficiaries and the parents were very grateful for what the donors have been contributing to them. One parent Mr. Makorani shared, “I used to struggle to pay school fees but now I no longer experience any difficulties because the bigger part of the fees is paid by the Tana River Life Foundation. The mobile library program that is currently running has also been beneficial to us parents as we try to cover for other basic needs while the students get books to read through the foundation”
Another plan for the year is to build a twin toilet for the girls as girls tend to be more sensitive to sanitation than guys. We are still short of the initial cost for starting the construction and it is on our plan on how we can engage the local community as well on how we can build the twin toilet with the contribution that we will raise from well-wishers.
We are hoping for a great year ahead. Thank you for all of the support.
Thank you for your continuous support since the inception of this project. This year has been successful thanks to your generousity. As the year comes to an end, we would like to wish you a holiday filled with love, peace, joy and blessings.
Our second batch of 29 Form 4 students sat for their secondary education graduating examinations known as the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in October 2016.
The school lacked equipment and chemicals for the students to do their science practical examinations. The Foundation donated 100,000 Kenyan Shillings (Approximately USD 980) for the purchase of the laboratory equipment and chemicals. With that the students were able to complete their exams without any challenges.
We continued with our mobile library programme where we made three trips to the school during the last school term and provided the candidates with revision books which they lack.
With your support, the communities have been living together peacefully without any challenges. We hope this will continue as education is the key pillar for this. The school has grown and we are certain that the positive changes are a testimony to due to your generous support.
Since the start of the campaign the number of students at Buyani Secondary School has risen from total of 18 (2 girls, 16 boys) in 2012 to 206 (116 boys, 90 girls) in 2016. To enable the school to manage the almost 12 fold increase in student population Tana River Life Foundation suppplied 300 lockers/tables and 200 chairs to the school in September 2016.
93 needy students are currently supported by the foundation. We sponsor their school fees to ensure that they successfully complete the school year without any disruptions. Many would otherwise have to stay at home as their families would not have been able to pay for the entire year’s fees.
We are encouraged by the very promising students the school produces for the community. Of the students who graduated last year with their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, one has been volunteering as teacher in the school. We hope that those who do well in their exams will help their community. Teaching is a great way for them to give back.
In August 2016, we provided Salim, a recent graduate of the school, with a 50% sponsorship to continue his education at Shanzu Teacher Training College. Upon his graduation he will employed by the government as a primary school teacher and will be posted within Tana River County. We are excited by this development.
Be blessed as we continue rebuilding Buyani secondary school.
Oscar Raha Jr, Former beneficiary of Tana River Life Foundation
Thank you for your donations. Last year Tana River Life Foundation completed the construction of 2 classrooms and furnished one with chairs and lockers at Buyani Secondary School. We launched a debate competition in the region where 6 secondary schools in the Delta District participated. This was the first time students in the area participated in an inter-school competition, and experienced the extra curricula activities that many students from other parts of the world take for granted. The students were really excited and we discovered excellent debaters. The competition will be held annually to encourage students to attain a good command of the English language and self-confidence as we prepare them for life after secondary school.
Buyani Secondary School qualified for the provincial level drama competition, where they competed with the best schools in the province. This provided the students with a glimpse of life outside Tana River. This helped correct the notion that students from remote areas are not able to compete with their peers from more developed areas. I chatted with Omar and Aisha, both Form 2 students and beneficiaries of our program. They were very excited. According to Omar , “The drama festival at provincial level was very beneficial to me as I got the opportunity to interact with students from other schools as well as make new friends. After returning home, I shared my experiences with my fellow students.” Aisha wrote a letter to express her appreciation. Here’s an excerpt, “We went to the sub-county and we participated in the drama competition. We Buyani Secondary School were the champions. I was the Best Actress. The certificate will help me when I finish my studies. I aspire to be a drama teacher.”
The school started a project to plant maize for students’ school lunch. Three hectares of land was cultivated. This will ensure that students will enough food for at least 6 months during the school year. The project was received favourably by both the community and students. The students weed and water the crops after class.
There is still a very urgent need for funds to construct toilets in the school.. Currently there is cholera outbreak in the district. We hope to raise sufficeient funds to provide a safer and more hygenic learning environment for the students.
In our previous report we mentioned that the first batch of 19 Form 4 students from Buyani Secondary School sat for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations. Congratulations to these young men and women. They all passed and their school was ranked 3rd in the county. This is quite an achievement for a young school that was burnt down in 2011 and have been operating on temporary premises since 2012.
In another remarkable achievement, the students emerged champions in the Tana Delta regional English Drama competition in early March. They will now move on to represent the county at provincial level. Thanks to your generous support, the foundation contributed KSH40,000 ( US$390 ) towards this activity.
Well done Buyani Secondary School.
We are continuing with the sanitary napkins project. After running a pilot with 2 providers, we selected Afripads. After the feedback received through the survey conducted at the end of the pilot, the upgraded the product. The current product is now more comfortable, do not leak nor stain.
Quote fron a student
Thambo Aged 17 is from Semikaro Village
“I am very thankful to all donors for what you are giving us. I was the first student to be enrolled in this school and since then, there has been much improvement in the infrastructure of the school as well as the quality of education."
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