Kenya – Rieko Secondary School

Overview

We are currently helping to build class rooms for the growing number of secondary school students in the village Owich, Nyatike District Kenya. At present, we are waiting for the third class room to be finished. The school has been registered officially with our help and first a headmaster, later even two teachers have been sent by the Kenyan government, which is a big step forward.

Begin of cooperation: February 2010

Up to now 3 class rooms have been built and school books/materials bought (gain from the party we organized in July 2011)

-        budget so far 10.500 Euro, planned 3.500 Euros to finish the class rooms

Person responsible (Action 5): Annika Hoffmann

Description of the Project

Problems:

  1. Situation on the site:

Owich is a small village in the Nyatike Disctrict near the Lake Victoria close to the Tanzanian boarder. The region is dominated by agriculture and gold mining. The population is generally poor, settlements are widely spread out and therefore, it is difficult for families to send their children to school. boarding schools are not affordable for the great majority. Consequently, Rieko started founding a new school that is affordable and reachable. It has been very well accepted. Similar project exist in other villages of the region as well.

  1. Problems and their causes:

In favor of a greater forestal and agricultural exploitation, native forest has been majorly cut down and partially replanted with eucalyptus. This monoculture harms the soil. It is important to pay attention to the ecological equilibrium, support and reconstruct it. Droughts and floods destroy not only streets and fields but also lead to a growing erosion and reduced quality of soils over the years. Hence, broad ideas of landscape protection and effective but sustainable agricultural use should be implemented.

Pollution is caused by careless dumping of trash but mostly by the intensive gold mining industry with quicksilver. Therefore, steps should be taken to control the quality of soil and drinking water, to eventually implement guidelines and limitations accordingly and strive for a „rehabilitation“ of the environment. AIDS and other infectious diseases are frequent but not extreme. Prevention steps have to be offered to the community in an acceptable and understandable way.

For the educational situation see above. Of course the general level of education is low due to a lack of availabilities and infrastructure. The main occupation is subsistent agriculture. Therefore, we think that in the education agriculture should hold a certain priority.

Political education is just being started. Many still don´t understand the principles of democracy and women´s rights.

Rieko is trying to tackle these problems with workshops, events free of costs, small groups        etc.

Ecologically, socially and economically I cannot see any negative effects of our project. As a     problem remains the continued exposure to smoke of the cooks on the school ground due to        poor quality cooking facilities.

  1. Further possible local and global consequences of problems on the different levels

Locally, the quicksilver use could lead to severe health problems. This might already be the case, but investigations have not taken place so far. Awareness and attention for workers rights, health and nature protection are still very small.

This is what I found myself, when visiting and what locals reported.

  1. Project goals:

Elevation of education level with all the consecutive positive effects on the community/society in terms of economy, ecology, politics, health etc. …

  1. Perspective:

Once the 4th class room is finished, the renovation of the kitchen and sanitation facilities has priority. The support of the construction of teacher accommodation could be considered. Then the focus will be directed more on the other areas of community development as mentioned above. The success depends majorly on the continued motivation of the key persons/project partners and community and of course our financial resources…