Friends Primary School Givogi was established in 2009 by a church sponsor that donated the land. It started with just a preschool class and has slowly grown over the past years to now have 326 students from preschool to standard eight. But the growth has been slow because of high poverty levels in this area.English, Kiswahili, mathematics, science, social studies and religious studies are the subjects taught here.There are four incomplete classrooms and two semi-permanent (mud) classrooms that are not in good shape. Standard six and seven children have their lessons in the same classroom, separated only by papyrus reeds. A circular grass-thatched temporary gazebo structure has been built to serve as the staffroom for the teachers.
There are 91 girls, 109 boys and 7 teachers at Raya Primary School in desperate need of a water and sanitation intervention. The climate is classified as semi-arid tropics with two rainy seasons, March-May and November–December.
Ematiha Secondary School, located in western Kenya, first opened its doors to 27 students in 2001. It has steadily grown to have 263 students attending classes in five classrooms.We first arrived at Ematiha Secondary School in the afternoon when it was very sunny. We met the security guard at the school gate who led me to his office to sign in first before being let inside. We walked to the school offices where we met the deputy principal, who gave us a warm welcome and proceeded to give us a tour.
Goibei Primary School began in 1938 with a small student population and has been growing gradually to this year’s enrollment of 432. School starts at 6:30 am every morning.Their property is full of murram, a hard clay-like material mixed with stones. When students fall during recess, they often get scratched up due to the murram. This murram attracted the county government and some of the leaders came and requested that they are allowed to harvest it to construct better roads in the area. They said that in return, they would help get clean water to Goibei Primary School. The school easily accepted this offer. As time went by, they never received a shilling nor plans for a water project.
It was a chilly and drizzly day just as we were to set out for Kakamega Primary School. We had to wait a bit for the rain to subside because we’d need to tour the school and get good pictures. We were able to visit later that day when the sun came out.The school started in the 1960s with the objective of educating children who had to travel two kilometers to the nearest school. They started the school with the name Ndani Primary School and changed the name to Kakamega Muslim Primary School in 1998. It’s a public primary school that admits learners of different religious backgrounds from within and without Kakamega County.The nine classrooms on school grounds are not enough for the 408 students, so some of them have to meet outside. They study English, Kiswahili, social studies, mathematics, science, and religion.
Nasaruni is a success story of the accomplishments of a rural community when empowered to build a school with life-saving water and sanitation facilities.Many girls living in the Narok area of Kenya did not have the opportunity to attend school until Nasaruni Maasai School for Girls was built. Traditionally, the Maasai tribes are semi-nomadic and pastoral and live by herding cattle and goats. Their lives are changing as fences are being constructed along the roads leading to the Maasai Mara. Cattle are no longer free to roam, and the Maasai are being forced to build stationary homes and move away from their long-time nomadic lifestyle. Nasaruni School offers girls the opportunity to study, learn agricultural skills that will replace nomadic herding, and become leaders of their communities that will be beneficial to future economic development.
When we went for our first visit to Sikhendu Primary School during the holiday and therefore did not find anyone there. We had to make a call to the nearest teacher available, Mr. Paul Mwema. He received our call and rushed to the school very quickly after he heard that we were there to help provide his students with water. He said that we were “God-sent” since they have been desperately waiting for this kind of help.There are 850 students attending Sikhendu Primary School who do not have a reliable source of clean water. When the school first opened in 1992, the parents recognized their children’s need for water and dug a well behind one of the classrooms.
Womulalu Special School, located in western Kenya, started in 1995 with an enrollment of four. Enrollment grew gradually so that in 2008, there was a need for a boarding facility for learners since it had become impossible for some of the children to commute daily.Students in the boarding section are woken up at 6 am so that they have one hour to bathe and take breakfast. The day scholars report by 7 am to help do cleaning chores under the guidance of a teacher. There is always morning announcements from 7:45 am to 8 am, then students are released to go to their classes. Class activities depend on the learners’ moods because they are not taught as a group, but each learner is given special attention. Class hours end at 12:30 when they go for lunch, afterward teachers keep an eye from a distance as pupils engage in self-directed activities that reinforce the class lessons learned. They also participate in ball games and choir.