Kisumu, Kenya

Alara Primary School

Some basic statistics:

  • 420 primary children (aged 7 to 14)
  • 87 nursery children
  • 10 children with special needs
  • 9 class rooms (8 in the primary school)
  • 14 teachers and assistant staff.

The current staff room in the school measures about 8 feet by 5 feet. Totally impractical. The head teacher's office is also very small.

Alara School therefore requested funds for a new administration block. Total cost £4,053.00.

Alara School Kenya On September 24th, we received the following photos from Alara School. Work has begun!

An important occasion!
Prayers and breaking of the ground by sponsor of the school Rev. Washington Onyuku (of AIC). Present at the site are the Assistant Chief, community representatives, teachers, head teacher Mrs Perez Oliech (right), and the Deputy head teacher Mr Tom Sabwa (third from left).

Measuring and marking of the foundation. On site, the labourers, Deputy Head Teacher Tom, and the Head Teacher Perez. (In the background are some of the school classrooms).
Foundation digging, being watched by Tom and the Head Teacher Perez.

By the time of our visit on 20th October 2007, they were well under way with the building!

Gay Neep, Tom Sabwa and Head Teacher Mrs Perez Oliech stand by the front door of the new administration block.
Gay Neep, TPerez and Tom discuss the building.
Labourers are from the local community. The bricks are made just down the road by locals.

It is imortant that local people are employed in the project.

The Head Teacher's new office.
The new staff room
Deputy Head Teacher Tom Sabwa's new office.
The walls grow while we watch!

And by the end of the week, the lintels are cast (in situ), and it is almost ready for the roof!

Looking along the front of the building, with the front door on the left.

A covered walkway will be along the front, with a roof supported by the three pillars.

One end and the rear.

A two unit toilet block is yet to be built attached the the rear of the building.

Proper flush toilets! Water will be collected from the main roof and stored in a tank on the roof of the toilet block.

The main door will have an archway above it.

Next: The new school for Alara!

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Rod & Gay Neep
51 St. Whites Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire GL14 3DF, England

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