NKASOIKI SCHOOL, KENYA - A COMPLETED SECOND PROJECT RESULTS IN THE ADDITION OF A COUNTY FUNDED CLASSROOM.
Today over 180 students are enrolled at Nkasioki School, now a thriving government school which is considered to be a showpiece for the region.
More than a decade after the completion of our first classroom, Nkasioki School is now a full-fledged, successful primary school with approximately 150 students. These children are being taught by 4 government provided teachers and 2 community provided teachers. Wilson, the head teacher, has been with the school since its inception. Gary's Fund provided the funding for his teacher certification training in 2007.
2017: Upon completion of the county classroom building in 2016 Gary's Fund provided the funding for 60 locally made desks to be used at the school. Each desk seats 2 students and they were made for a total cost of only $1,500. The Kenyan government became aware of Nkasioki School's success and in 2016 installed a solar power unit on the roof of one of our classroom buildings with the intention of providing the students with electronic tablets. In 2017 the students were provided with these tablets which are now in use and charged via the solar power unit.
2016: After several false starts the county government funded and constructed a new classroom building for Nkasioki School. By completing this building the county finally honored an agreement it made in 2014 with our Kenyan partner, Africa Exchange and the school community to match the two-classroom building funded and completed by Gary's Fund in 2015.
2015: Our second two-classroom school house was completed at Nkasioki School. Thanks to a generous donation from Dorothy and Clay Perkins, Gary's Fund provided complete funding for this new building to accommodate the rapid growth in the student population.
Please double-click in the center of the picture galleries below for updated photos of this wonderful project.
To learn more about the Maasai people and the community where this school is located please go to the Nkasioki Community Page.
PROJECT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED:
By late spring of 2015 the school building was completed and the children were in their new classrooms. After a slow start, the county government has completed the construction of their classroom in spring of 2016 and provided funds for teachers' housing accommodations in the community. Currently the government is supporting 4 teachers with the promise of more as soon as the housing is constructed.
According to our partner, "the classroom situation is much improved. There is one classroom for every grade with room for additional pupils in the upper grades."
PROJECT DETAILS - THE NEED FOR ADDTIONAL CLASSROOMS:
In the spring of 2014 Gary's Fund learned that The Nkasioki School's population had grown from an original enrollment of 55 pre-school and kindergarten children in 2007 to 186 students from pre-school through grade five.
Overcrowding in the existing structures was a serious problem. Many eligible students in the community were unable to attend due to space limitations. Gary's Fund offered to help by funding the construction of additional classroom space.
During the summer of 2014 an agreement was reached between the community, the local government, and our partner, Africa Exchange, to increase the number of classrooms at the school and to bring on additional teachers in order to address the increase in enrollment and to allow for further expansion.
As part of this agreement, Gary's Fund agreed to fund one, two-classroom building to be constructed by Africa Exchange, and the county agreed to fund and construct an additional classroom and provide the salaries as required by law for additional teachers.
ACHIEVING OUR GOALS FOR A GRATEFUL COMMUNITY
The original goal for the school back in 2006 was that it should be fully managed and operated by the community it serves within two years of its completion. The highly motivated people of this region have been enormously successful in achieving this goal, registering the school with the government, and continuing to support the school, its students and teachers. The school's expansion into a primary school is an indicator of both the success of this project and the community's ongoing dedication to the education of its children.
According to Sam Harrell of Africa Exchange, who personally supervised the project, "(t)he community is so appreciative of your assistance and we trust that your purposes will be fulfilled as these children are provided a chance for greater survival, growth, and maturity.”
All photos provided by Africa Exchange.
Gary's Fund acccepted a proposal from Africa Exchange in the summer of 2014 to fund the construction of a second school building for Nkasioki School similar to the one we provided in 2007. The community made a commitment to provide the gravel for the foundation.
Thanks to a generous donation from Dorothy and Clay Perkins, in 2014 we provided a donation of $16,500 to construct a steel-framed, two-classroom structure and water containment system.