As Alara Mixed Secondary School grows, more and more pupils are coming from further afield: too far to be able to go home each evening. The need for two dormitories has become very clear.
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A huge thankyou to Marnel Infant School for their continued support for Kombe. In their recent fundraising event they raised £1150 which will enable Kombe to complete their newest classroom building project
When we started supporting projects in Kenya in 2008 we used to support secondary school pupils by paying their school fees. We now support schools rather than individuals but we carried on with the support for the pupils we were already sponsoring.
This is a big year for that group. Calvince is a very gifted student, doing exceptionally well at school, sponsored by Julian Foster and his tutor group at Peter Symonds College in Winchester.
At the end of our student trips to Kenya we spend a couple of days at Elsamere which is an educational study centre focusing on sustainable development. The centre is based around the former home of Joy and George Adamson, who became famous in the 1960s for the book and film ‘Born Free’ about the lioness Elsa who they rescued then released back into the wild.
Jiggers (Chigoe fleas) are a major problem, especially for children. They live in the soil and burrow into the skin, causing itching and pain until it may be hard to walk. CEPARD’s treatment programme has been a huge success with the children in most schools in Kobama district being treated. We now need to have a regular programme of re-visits to treat any new cases.
The new school year is underway at AMMS under the guidance of principal, Madam Rose. Last week saw the monthly meeting of the School Board of Management which is the equivalent of our School Governors.
A number of students at AMSS come from outlying villages which are too far away for daily journeys. As a result these students need somewhere to board during the week. The Board of Management have decided that the status of AMSS should be changed from Day School to Boarding School. To facilitate this dormitories need to be built and a permanent water supply be available. The school will be holding a funding drive in April to raise money for this project.
The ladies of the Alara Women’s Group now have a reliable income from the tree nursery project. Some of the income is used for basic needs: medical fees, pots & pans, food, fuel, clothes etc.
But they have used some of their new income to set up a ‘Table-Top Bank’.
Every month, the ladies pool the money they have, then decide the priorities of who needs money to meet their social needs. Any lady who borrows money pays a mutually agreed interest rate which is then put back into the ‘pot’ for next month.
This project has helped the ladies to develop a greater sense of cooperation, community spirit and the benefits of long term planning.
Over the last two years the women’s group in Alara have set up their tree nursery at the Kinda Biye community centre. They plant tree seeds in plastic tubes and look after them until they are big enough to be planted out. For each tree seedling they get paid 10 Kenyan shillings (about 7p) raised from our carbon-offset project.
The seedlings are planted out in a variety of places. Some are planted on CEPARD land to provide a future income for the charity. Others are given to local schools so they can buy educational resources in the future. Some schools have large plots of land and could be financially independent if they had a regular cycle of tree planting and harvesting. Trees are also given to community members to provide an income, fuel and construction materials.
The carbon stored in the growing trees helps to offset the carbon emissions of supporters in the UK.
It costs £6 to plant enough trees to offset 1 tonne of carbon emissions. The average person in the UK causes the release of 8 tonnes of carbon, so to be carbon-neutral would cost £48 – if you round it up that’s £1 per week.
If you are interested in carbon offsetting, please contact us.