May 22, 2018 The borehole is almost 75 feet deep. May 15, 2018 Drilling for the borehole has begun.
To build 8 student toilets and 4 teacher toilets
Traveling the rough road through heavy forests to Kipkeremwo Primary School might make you wonder if you were traveling to the ends of the earth. But, absorbing the breathtaking view upon arrival makes you think that perhaps you’ve actually ended up at heaven on earth. The 350-student school is an excellent example of a strong community resolved to collaborate with school personnel to provide the best possible education they can for their children. This resolve is exemplified in the 4 out of 7 classrooms that the community has built and the 7 out of 13 teachers whose meager salaries are being paid by the community rather than the government. In return, the teachers are working hard to meet the expectations of the community to provide an excellent education for the children. This is demonstrated by the fact that, based on student performance, the school ranked 4th out of 67 schools in their zone last year. Furthermore, they ranked 13th out of 99 schools in their district, including a ranking of 3rd in English in the district. Finally, all 25 candidates who wrote the Standard (grade) 8 government exams last year have gone on to attend secondary schools, something that few schools can boast. Currently, there are 154 boys and 199 girls being taught by 5 male and 8 female teachers.
But, before you begin thinking that this sounds like an idyllic situation with little need for involvement from ABW, you need to know that the plain block classrooms of this school have dirt floors, no ceilings, no windows, and no doors. And it is not because the community does not care or the climate doesn’t require it (Temperatures can go down to the low teens in the area.); it’s because the community resources have been stretched to the limit in providing what they presently have. You also need to know that, currently, students walk about 11/2 kilometres one way to collect drinking water from a small muddy stream. And that the school has no library. Or that 2 simple pit latrines serve 199 girls attending the school. Furthermore, while there is a meal program at the school to help promote the learning of the students, there is no kitchen on the school grounds; a nearby church is currently sharing its facilities with the school. All of this results in Kipkeremwo Primary School being an excellent candidate for the step up that ABW is able to provide.