Nursery & Primary School
We simply fell in love with the children during one of our visits. They are loving, exuberant and so hungry for learning. Through the provision of quality education and family empowerment, the school ensures each child’s good health, hygiene, sanitation, spiritual, social, physical and cognitive well-being.
There are many social problems in the area. These include, but are not limited to: unemployment, sexual exploitation, domestic violations, child abuse, poverty, HIV and a general lack of educational opportunities. Income levels are extremely low and most households live on less than 50 cents per day.
Many local families live in mud huts with no running water or hydro. At least 1/2 of the children that attend school walk up to 2 hours each way every day to get to school. Many of the children walk barefoot because they don't own a pair of shoes. Most do it on an empty stomach as this is a farming community and for the last several years this region has been plagued with a drought, so the crops have been meagre.
The long walk to school is especially dangerous for the girls as many are attacked on their way home. Student Protection Programs are being developed by the leadership at the school.
When we visited in 2014, they had one small building. Through the fundraising effort of an elementary school in Waterloo Region, the school has been able to add 2 more buildings and a latrine. This has enabled the school to grow to over 600 students. Not only has it promoted growth, but it has established a bond between two elementary schools half a world apart.
These two schools have learned about each others’ cultures. This relationship started our first School to School Program.