THE MUKOMARI PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Mukomari Primary School project transforms Mbakalo ward, upgrading infrastructure from collapsed mud walls to a significantly improved state.
By offering local educational opportunities for students transitioning from primary to secondary levels, this development significantly benefits the community by reducing the necessity to pursue education in distant locations.
The project contributed to physical infrastructure, sanitation, and hygiene improvement.
Commencing in October 2022 with the signing of a project agreement and the disbursement of funding, the project designs and necessary approvals were completed in January 2023. Construction commenced thereafter.
Despite the slight delays, the project has run smoothly without many challenges. In July 2023 six classrooms and a new sanitary block of ten latrines were delivered in addition to the existing school facilities.
Positive impact on privacy and hygiene conditions:
The installed water tanks from the reconstruction allow the school to collect sufficient rainwater for various purposes, including cooking, drinking, cleaning, and watering kitchen gardens. This has saved time and energy, eliminating the need to fetch water from the river. As a result, the school has experienced a decrease in waterborne diseases and a reduction in illnesses among the learners.
Enhanced academic performance and attendance:
Since project completion, the improved learning environment (new classrooms, toilets, water availability, and heightened security) has significantly boosted learners' performance in both attendance and motivation to study.
The sixth-grade dropout rate has decreased.
Classes now have electricity for lighting, enabling teachers to provide extra hours for remedial courses to slow learners.
Enrollment, especially among girls, has risen, credited to the construction of ten toilets exclusively for girls.
Before the school project commenced, overall enrollment was below 200. When the project started, it increased to 314 as the parents around the school enrolled their children in the school. After completion of the constructions, enrollment increased to 354 students.
The Mukomari Primary School, Kenya | budget - €50K
“The gift of this school is a great transformational opportunity to the community. It is one of the finest infrastructures in the region whereby many other school leaders are visiting to benchmark. As already evidenced, children that had initially transferred from the school to other schools are now back in droves. When the structures collapsed, the school population was reduced to below 200 and faced imminent closure for not meeting the threshold. The new facilities in the school have provided a new lease of life to the school, and the whole community is now alive with a sense of newness. We thank the donor - Oznur & Serg Bell - for funding the community transformation that is happening through the Mukomari PEFA Primary School. This will go a long way to improve access to quality education for learners and give them competitiveness in the platform of life. The school community really appreciates this gesture of kindness.”
– Cleophas, Core Health and Wealth International
“Initially, we were going through many challenges in this school. We had mud-walled classrooms that collapsed due to heavy rains. We would go to the forest to look for timber for repair and to build new classrooms. We would also carry cow dung from home for smearing the floors and the walls. After the heavy work, we would sit in class, being very tired. As a result, we would not understand what we were being taught. We used to cough a lot due to dusty classrooms; jiggers were all over the place. We are now about to start using new decent classrooms. Thank you!”
– Mutuma, Grade 5 Student
"When I was posted to this school, I wondered what wrong I had done to be removed from the school I was in before, to not only a remote place but to a school with dilapidated classrooms. Seeing children learning under a tree for a lack of classrooms and seeing two different classes share a classroom made me develop high blood pressure! One morning, when I came to school, and the classrooms had collapsed due to the heavy rains, I didn't know what to do. Today, seeing state-of-the-art classrooms wipes away all the tears of pain and removes the shame. Today, when I visit the education office in Sub County, I am addressed as the headteacher of the international school! Groundbreaker, the donor - Oznur & Serg Bell, and Core Health and Wealth International have partnered to bring dignity to this community!"
– Ms. Rebecca Wangare, Head Teacher