We are closing down most of our programmes. The last spring we protected is pictured here (before and after).
The last two schools for Read for the Top will do their heats and finals next week. I am hoping there will be enough left from the Rotary grant to leave materials for at least one more school. They will read their books over the next few months and do their competition in October.
We have enough funds in our water budget to place a 6,000 litre tank at Kerongo Primary school for water harvesting. The school is in a very rocky area where hand digging is impossible. We can get the tank and guttering in before the start of the rains. They will then have a supply for the next dry season with careful monitoring.
We have been asked to supply text books for a very poor (economically and academically) primary school. On investigation it seems that the former head teacher, possibly the school management committee and some teachers have been diverting the government funding over the past few years, leaving the children with no books. Thanks to the generosity of a donor, we can fill the need and thus help the children. What can be done about the adults remains to be seen.
We are hoping a member of Tembo board who will be here for a few months will agree to monitor the ordering, delivery and control of the new books.
We have made contract agreements with members of our Advisory Committee to pay fees, living allowance and medical needs as and when they arise for some of our sponsored students. The bookkeeping can be a little hairy but Rod has done a great job of making accounts and templates to keep things straight.
We have also agreed to the rental of a small apartment being built on our compound that will house a dedicated office and also be available to guests or those who wish to serve as agents. Don't be intimidated by the scope of what we do. We would welocme anyone who would like to come to rural Kenya for a short period to oversee water or education projects. Contact us through our web site.