As I mentioned before, we will be moving to a new project in a new community- the Haji farm. We are going to build a primary(elementary) school in the community.
The community is located 50 kilometres (32 miles) from Nakuru town in Subukia district. There are about 300 families that have have been settled with another 260 families in a temporary camp before final settlement in a nearby farm.
The community is made up of people who were disp laced during the 2007/08 Post-Election Violence (PEV) that rocked Kenya after a disputed General election. These families originally lived in neighboring counties and opted not to return to their original homes. After staying in the various Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps, the government relocated people into various farms around the county.
Since these are new communities, there are hardly any facilities badly needed by the community. This is the need we want to tackle as part of our effort to improve access to education in rural communities around the world. We hope you will partner with us in this endeavor.
The community had already identified this as a need and had started a school (called Safina Haji Primary School) in an old dilapidated farm house albeit with the limited resources available to them. They have managed to run the school with only volunteer teachers for more than two years since they relocated here. Now, we are all working with the Government to have professional teachers posted to the school. The community has already registered the school so we hope to expedite through this process of staffing (of teachers) and have a functional all-built public school within six months.
Most people in the community are small scale farmer working on their two acre farms to grow crops. Some work in the farms and companies in a nearby towns for their livelihoods. As the community strives to rebuild itself, we are helping them in the education sector.