News from the Field: Elmolo School Projects

An update from Joseph in a recent visit to the Marsabit region. Thanks to the generosity of the children, parents and teachers at Cranleigh C of E Primary School, we are able to help make a difference to the lives and schooling of the children of Elmolo Bay.

The school does well and enjoys sustained development support from a number of agencies and institutions. Two new dormitories, additional water distribution system and solar (one each for boys and girls) were completed with funding from CDTF(European union). The boarding is maintained by Kenya Government. Student population is at 329 while that of teachers is 9. In addition, the Elmolo school has two feeder nursery schools with a population of 94. A new primary school was set up by Kenya government for one of the two Elmolo villages. Elmolo community has now two primary schools. Water access to schools and villages has been good. Jacob is still the Head at Elmolo while his former deputy Richard is the Head at the new primary school called Layeni.

Photos from Joseph’s latest visit.

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Congratulations Joseph and D.Light

Huge congratulations and thanks to Joseph for his amazing work helping the communities of Marsabit to find a brighter future thanks to the partnership with d.light in the region.  D.light is a  for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future.  With 1 in 3 people not having access to reliable electricity, D.Light aims to transform the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020 – they are going strong with close to 12 million lives ‘empowered to date’.

Joseph has been an inspiration in helping introduce this life changing technology to Marsabit and just last week won a photographic prize for capturing the introduction and demonstration of the lights to pupils & parents at Gar Qarsa Primary, Marsabit.  Click here to post your congrats to Joseph on the D.Light facebook page or drop us a comment below.

Demonstration of D.Light to the parents and children of Gar Qarsa, Marsabit.

Demonstration of D.Light to the parents and children of Gar Qarsa, Marsabit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done and thank you Joseph :)

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An Update From The Field

Joseph Halake and his team report from their field trip to Kenya’s northern regions.

OCTOBER FIELD TRIP REPORT: KENYA

 TRIP DATES- September 23rd to October 3rd 2012

Programme Schools:  Mwangaza, Garqarsa & Elmolo Bay Primary Schools

Others SSP Schools: Marsabit boys, St Mary’s Girls & Meru Secondary Schools.

 

Overview:

The Northern region was dry and dusty during the trip. The road from Isiolo to Marsabit  (280km) is half-way tarmacked.  The other half of the road is bumpy and rough to drive on by light vehicles.

I witnessed long trek by women and donkeys to far off places for water in Marsabit region.  The journey to water sources covered an average of 10 Km and is done daily or every other day.

Schools just resumed after three weeks of teachers work boycott.  Teachers were jovial and looking forward to improved incomes at the end of October. Most Schools storage tanks are empty and Head teachers were seeking the costly tracking water services from vendors to be able to run lunch programmes.  Relief food supplies to deserving populations appear to have been phased out.  There is evidence of food scarcity to most residents of the region.  Farmers in potential agricultural regions of Marsabit were busy preparing land for planting.

The natural resources of the wild north are for sure attracting investors. One Kenyan energy company was seeking for 100,000 acres of land to establish wind farm.  A Dutch company was about to construct road to Loyangalani to transport equipment to establish 100 wind turbines with capacity to generate 300 KW of wind energy. Production of green energy for the country will most likely be from northern part of the country. Plans were at advanced stage to import hydropower from Ethiopia through the region.

A number of secondary schools have been developed and are operational in Marsabit region. Insecurity has improved and I had no mechanical problems with the vehicle during the trip.

Objectives of the trip were:

  • To donate 59 assorted solar lantern  to Mwangaza and Garqarsa
  • Collect pending CSP data  from  the three programme schools
  • Donate, printer, computer and stationery to Elmolo school
  • Make presentations about our charities to Marsabit High School & Saku center of excellence.
  • Train Elmolo teachers on use of new equipment
  • Attend to urgent requests of the school
  • Hold discussions with schools on priority projects

Sometimes it is the small things in life….

This will, I am sure, come as a bit of a surprise to everyone reading this from the western world, but the children at Elmolo Primary have been provided, for the first time, with toilet paper.  Up until now they have been using the traditional method, stones, instead of paper.  Unfortunately the pit latrines in the school filled up with rocks too quickly, increasing costs to the school.  The project will provide the children and teachers with toilet paper and during the next three months the school committee and the teachers will work with our Joseph and the field team to come up with sustainable solutions that address toilet usage.

News from the Field: Drought Appeal Update

Thank you all so much to all the generous supporters, to date, of our Drought Appeal. Through your gifts, the communities of Mwangaza and Elmolo are receiving critical food and water supplies.  Joseph and his team we are receiving messages of thanks on a daily basis from the people of Mwangaza and Elmolo – on their behalf we thank you!!

News from the Field: Life Straw Update

Thanks to Joseph and his amazing team on the ground in Kenya, we have the first pictures of our Life Straw project in action.  The Life Straws have been provided to the children at Mwangaza and Gar Qarsa schools in the Marsabit region.  Thank you Joseph for your tireless leadership in the field and to Life Straw UK for helping the children of the schools in the drought ridden regions of Northern Kenya.

Life Straw – Bringing Help and Hope to the Children of The Horn of Africa

With the conditions for the people and children of the Horn of Africa worsening, one small idea is helping bring relief to many.  Life Straw is a simple, easy to use portable water purifier that is bring relief and hope to many in a region where the provision of safe water is one of the critical aspects of relief, along with the provision of food, to help save 4.14 million children from the worst famine to hit the region.

This Life Strawcan be carried around for easy access to safe clean drinking water, is just 25cm long and 29mm in diameter and can be hung round the neck – at the cost of only GBP30.  More information on Life Straw can can found at http://www.lifestraw.org.uk/LifeStraw.html or by watching how it has helped in Haiti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6ZAt-zFoo8.

Life Straw is a point-of-use water treatment system intended for routine use in low-income settings Filters up to 18,000 litres* of water, enough to supply a family of five with microbiologically clean drinking water for three years, thus removing the need for repeat intervention Ensures high flow rate and high volume of purified water.  It:

Complies with US Environmental Protection Agency 1987 Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers:

  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)*
  • Removes minimum 99.99% of viruses (>LOG 4 reduction)*
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)*
  • Removes turbidity
  • Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
  • Requires no running water or piped-in water supply
  • Has an easy-to-clean prefilter and purification cartridge
  • All raw materials are US Food and Drug Administration compliant or equivalent

*Clasen, T. et al. 2009. Laboratory assessment of a gravity-fed ultrafiltration water treatment device designed for household use in low-income settings. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 80(5), 2009, pp. 819–823

In Northern Kenya, especially at this time of drought and famine, the threat of  diarrhoeal disease is even more evident – and EnKI is now investing in this simple device to help children in the schools that we support.

If you would like to donate to help the children of Northern Kenya in this desperate time, please use our Just Giving link or contact Rakhee at rakhee@enkifund.org.

EnKI is a 100% volunteer charity which means that over 95% of all funds donated go directly to helping the children.

Thank you so much for all your ongoing support!!