Our Sponsored Children, and the Kenya Project.

The 2006 Project - Stage 2b



The supply of electricity

Several years ago, the school paid KSh 8,000/- as a deposit towards an electricity supply. This was a new initiative at the time to make electricity available to rural areas. Unfortunately that government project became over subscribed, there were too many requasts, and despite many contacts with the authorities, nothing was happening.

There was, however, an alternative, and that was to apply for a commercial electricity supply direct from the electricity company. The cost of a commercial supply was KSh 38,000/- (Approx. £304.00)

Therefore we decided to go that route, and provide money from our project funds to pay the electricity company. (The school can claim back its original KSh 8,000/- although this will take a little time.)

Power & light in the class rooms

This is being carried out in stages, as we can afford it.

We started by wiring the two top classes in the primary school (Std. 8 and Std. 7), plus the two offices. Each of the class rooms has a power point and two fluorescent lights. The head teachers office has one power point and a light, as does the small outer office.

Above: Conduit being installed for the wiring in Std. 7. That ladder was positively scary!

The same room (Std. 7) a couple of days later. The upper part of the gable wall has been plastered, and the walls have their first coat of paint. And there is a power point and lights!

We were eager to see our money being spent immediately whilst we were there. The cost of wiring the lights and power points in the two class rooms and the two small offices was KSh 22,000/- (Approx. £176.00)

Because we only had a limited amount of funds allocated to buildings, etc. for the February visit, we allocated enough for just these rooms for the moment. It is our intention to gradually work down through the other rooms two or three at a time to complete the wiring in the staff room, and classes Std. 1 to Std. 6 later this year, subject to funds being available. The ECDC (infant) block already has the conduits installed as part of the building project, but wiring, power points and lights still need to be added. So there are 11 rooms left to complete.