We have continued to expand our support to Matimu, and in partnership with A is for Africa (USA) all the children in the nursery and primary school are enjoying a nutritious mug of hot porridge each day. This is much to the delight of the students! We have worked with the Wenona School, Roseville College, Pace Academy, Moreton Bay Boys College, The Harker School and Shore College with additional path building, tree planting, desk painting, classroom murals, english language tuition and textbook donations. And not to forget our small group and individual volunteers who have offered their time and skills to share with the community. From A is for Africa, we also have in place a computer lab and have received generous donations of used laptops to try and create a place where the students can learn at least basic cumputer or data entry skills - or even create and email address for themselves. There is alot more to come for Matimu so watch this space - think: construction of guest house for longer term volunteers is on its way.
It has been a big year for Matimu – We have implemented a tree planting program (to decrease dust throughout the school) with water storage for ongoing nurturing, increased textbooks for the primary school by approx 10,000 (with a lot of help from so many friends and family!), and added pathways at the front of each classroom and the entrance into the school proper. All this has been done with the help of the Carpe Diem Education, Wenona School, Moreton Bay Boys College, St Andrews College, and many more. Not to mention our Volunteer Liaisons, Damianus Lang'o and Allen Mollel!
We have also had incredible teaching support from A is for Africa, and teachers from Moreton Bay Collage.
In 2011 so far, we have built a nursery school at Matimu School and refurbished eight classrooms. For the refurbishment, we have put in ceiling boards, dug up the dirt floors and laid down concrete, plastered and painted inside the classrooms.
For the rest of the year, we intend to improve also the outside of the classrooms and replace all the broken windows.
We continue to fully fund the nursery school with the porridge program, teachers' wages and school supplies. We continue to supplement the Matimu Primary School with school supplies, donated uniforms and sports equipment.
We look forward to working with Lang'o to turn this school into our next success similar to Ilkurot progress.