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Bwaliro School Update: Nov. 2013

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Four of the Goals* at Bwaliro Primary School are:

  • To encourage the AIDS orphans and destitute children in the community to come to school regularly and achieve basic primary school education.
  • To provide a school lunch program for the AIDS orphans and destitute children in the community. This may begin at 2 days a week and then increase in the numbers of days per week as funds become available and the school begins to grow their own food
  • To introduce a permaculture programme at the school, such a project would ensure sustainability in the community. This would include growing trees, maize, beans, rice and vegetables as well as livestock.
  • To repair classrooms in the school to allow for a conducive learning environment for the students. This will include replacing floors that are pitted and have dirt coming through.

(* To see all the goals set out for Bwaliro Primary School, please click here to read the contract)


Above: Trophy for being top school in Kenya with less than 50 candidates writing the national exams.

To graduate from primary school, the grade eights all over the country have to write the same national exams.  Bwaliro Primary school is bigger than 50 students, but they fall in the under-50-candidates category because there were less than 50 grade 8s writing the exams.
This is pretty impressive, being first-place in all of Kenya, and way beyond the original goal of simply "achieve basic primary school education"

 

Another of the goals is to repair classrooms in the school to allow for a conducive learning environment for the students.
The photos below are not classrooms, but they are extending the infrastructure by building a latrine, a greenhouse, and pig-shed.
Above:  Then New Greenhouse
Above: Augustine, the principal, inside the Greenhouse.
Above:  A new building - the Boys' Latrine.
The school used its own funds to build this latrine,
but 3 toilets are not really enough for the hundreds of boys who use them. They are greatly in need of more latrines.
Above:  The new pig-shed.

 

Two more goals are to provide a school lunch program for the AIDS orphans and destitute children in the community; and
to introduce a permaculture programme at the school, to ensure sustainability in the community.

The permaculture project is such a success that Bwaliro Primary School fed the school-children all of last term with no help from the Children of Bukati Charity!!  So the permaculture program is already starting to satisfy both of these goals.

The photos below show the food and plants that are being grown at the school-grounds.

Above: Tree nursery forest is really growing
Above: Leafy greens planted for the lunch program
Above: Bananas Ripening.
Above: Kale nearly ready to harvest in the new greenhouse.
Above: A new piglet having breakfast.
Everything the three piglets eat is grown at the school.
They aren't using commercial feeds but are using ingredients they grow, any leftovers/kitchen scraps from the the lunch feeding program, and Augustine brings leftovers/kitchen scraps from his house to also ensure the pigs are well fed.
Above: Inside the new pig shed

Above: A community member beside the newly-lined fish pond.

The new fish pond liner was provided by the Ministry of Fisheries in Kenya.  The principal, Augustine, applied to them for support and they awarded the school the liner and are bringing new fish to the school when the school opens again in January 2014 after Christmas holiday. This shows how proactive Principal Augustine is about making using of local funding/support and doesn't rely only on COB (Children of Bukati project); instead, he builds on what COB has provided.

Above: Bags of maize grown at the school for the lunch program

Above: Rice grown at the school for the lunch program.

A couple of small tins of the rice will be used to replant the fields early in 2014 when the school opens again,
so that more rice can be grown. The bulk of the rice will be fed to the children.

 

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Updated November 16, 2013