In October and November 2015, the first batch of 19 Form 4 students from Buyani Secondary School sat for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations. Inspite of the challenges they have faced over the years, we hope they will do well and start building their careers. Thank you for your contributions, for helping them study in a better school environment, and paving the way for them to be self-reliant and productive members of their community.
Through your generosity Tana River Life Foundation has ensured that 2 classrooms in the school were constructed and equipped with desks and chairs. The foundation is still working on plans to:
Build Toilets: The school has a population of about 150 students plus teachers and staff, yet it does not have a single modern toilet. They rely on toilets at the adjacent primary school that are dilapidated. These pose a health risk. Teachers and students queue ( stand in line ) to use these toilets. Visitors and guests cannot be accomodated. The school has asked for 8 modern latrines to be built, 2 for teachers and 6 for the students. The school will have a population of 240 students when Form One students are admitted next year.
Provide Solar Panels for the 2 classrooms constructed. This will provide lighting to Form 1 and 2 students to do their homework and study after dark. Most homes in the village do not have lights.
Thambo Aged 17 is from Semikaro Village which is around 4 km from the school : “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. As more of my people in my community are now being educated, we will be able to raise our living standards and better provide for our families. The foundation has constructed two classrooms this year and it has really provided the students with a better study environment.”
Fatuma Aged 17 is from Milimani Village around 5 km from school: “We are grateful that we have the school in this area. In our community many school girls are forced to drop out of school to marry. One of my friends and classmate was forcefully married this term and nothing could be done about it as tradition demands so. I am confident that if I excel in school, I would be able to empower other girls in my community to follow in my footsteps. They will be convinced that they have a chance with education. With the school nearby, the tradition of forced marriages will change.”
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