Happy New Year 2023! We are hopeful that this newsletter from Tana Delta Kenya, reaches each and everyone of you well and in good health.
We are blissful to inform that one of our Solar Lanterns beneficiary Buya Keyhodos Komora has sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education – a national exam and he’s confidently hoping for the best when the results are released. In his words; “the lantern has been of great help to me. It helped me score to 263 marks while in primary school, hence thereafter smoothly transited to Marifano Secondary school, and in God’s will, I hope to score a C (plain) when the results are released.”
This year of 2023, Tana River Life Foundation (TRLF) is looking forward to reaching out to more students in the interior of Tana Delta. Upon opening of schools from 30th January, 2023; TRLF shall visit Kone Primary school located in the interior where there’s totally no infrastructure in terms of connection to the national electric grid, prone to extreme dryness et cetera.
In a nutshell, TRLF is grateful to all Donors for journeying with us in helping to bridge the education gap of the underprivileged students located in the interior parts of Tana Delta, Kenya. God bless.
Greetings and receive much blessings for your continual support.
The year 2022 has been a unique year for us on our education as the education calendar will see five sets of candidate groups sit for national examinations within one year, this was results of post Covid as we are in the process of recovering the year lost on education and mostly the terms are squeezed. Our Grade 8 and Form 4 sat their exam in March then in December three candidate classes (Grade 6, Grade 8 and Form 4) will aslo sit for their national exam. We are also approaching the end of primary school for our grade 6 learners according to new education curriculum (focussing on skills development from young age) and preparing for the inaugural class of junior secondary school in January 2023.
The Kenyan economy has in the recent months witnessed a sharp rise in prices of almost all commodities. The cost of living is currently very high beyond the reach of majority of citizens. This was due to the uncertainties of the general elections conducted in August as well as inflation. On 13th September 2022, the new president was sworn in and we are hoping the economy can start being steady though at a slow pace. We are grateful that we have not witnessed any instances of violence and it has been very peaceful.
We still continued towards lighting the lives of students from the Tana Delta and this quarter we issued 30 solar lanterns to class 7 and class 8 students of Kibokoni Primary school which we had done a survey on the last quarter. The teachers were overwhelmed and grateful for the support accorded to them and promised to improve on their academic performance and excellence in the national exams. Due to rains, we couldn’t reach the other centre we planned to distribute as the roads were impassable.
We are grateful for your continued support towards opening more opportunities for academic excellence through your continued support of this project. This term we were able in conducting a field visit to two primary schools located in the interior of the Tana Delta namely Ozi primary school and Kibokoni primary school.
The team met the teachers from Class 7 and Class 8 of both schools, the teachers explained that their main challenge is lack of electricity connection with the government as the area is very far from the national electricity grid as well as not having road accessibility. The only means of transport is motorbikes. As a result, their students do not have the opportunity of conducting their evening studies. Hence, this deters their academic performance as for the last year exams they performed very poor. One of the students known as Abdalla was quoted, "I do conduct my studies at home using a torch, so if I can be assisted with a solar lantern, it will be of great assistance." While another one Mwantum said she uses her mothers phone to do night studies once in a while.
After the survey we have identified a total of 144 students to provide them with Solar Lanterns, where Ozi primary has 59 girls and 62 boys from both class 7 and class 8 respectively and Kibokoni Primary has a total of 23 students, 9 boys and 14 girls.
The team found it prudent to provide solar lanterns to the deserving students of the targeted primary schools so the donations for this time will go towards purchasing lanterns for those students.
The Solar Lantern Project began in 2017 and currently benefits children and students from the most remote interior villages in Tana Delta of Kenya.
It is an effective and economically sustainable method of improving the learning environment for many students from rural villages by enabling students to do their homework at night. Additionally, it also provides lighting for rural homes in place of the kerosene lamp, which is not very affordable for many, and poses health and safety risks.
These solar lanterns are also used to light up the common area in homesteads, benefitting all children who are in school as well as the adults, who can do meaningful work even as dusk falls. These include mending fishing nets, tailoring and weaving mats.
The latest activity in November 2021 saw the Tana Rive Life Foundation team distribute solar lanterns to two schools in Ndera Location in the north of the Tana Delta. A total of 185 students, 26 teachers, 4 school cooks and 4 watchmen received a lantern each.
Apart from students, we decided to provide lanterns also to the different people who contribute to improving the teaching and learning environment for the child in a rural school. This initiative was very well received and appreciated and is certain to make a more significant positive impact on the education of the students.
On behalf of all the beneficiaries, we at Tana River Life Foundation thank all our benefactors who through the GlobalGiving platform, have enabled us to make such an impact in lighting up lives and futures of many students from Tana Delta.
Greetings from Tana Delta, Kenya. We hope that this report finds every one of you well and in good health amidst the challenges imposed by Covid-19 pandemic.
Our team paid a visit to two targeted secondary schools (Minhaj Secondary School and Kitere secondary school) located in the interior of Tana Delta for sampling as our initial focus was only for primary schools. Both schools are day schools and one of the major challenge was lack of electricity in the schools and the neighbouring villages where the students reside. Though the government installed solar systems through the Ministry of Energy, the schools are a few kilometres from the villages and near a wildlife conservancy hence not preferable for students to study at night in the schools. This has contributed to their poor performance.
After sampling,TRLF has concluded that it will be necessary to provide solar lanterns to needy secondary students in the region starting with the 2 schools. By targeting form 2s, we believe that in the next 2 years when they complete their form 4 exams, we can have good results.
We are grateful to all donors for their noble gestures towards helping the students of Tana Delta, Kenya in attaining their educational goals and aspirations. May God continue blessing you abundantly.
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