Over the past few months the five team members of SCC’s “Challenge Africa” have been raising money for Shikaadabu Primary School in Kenya to build a fence. At first glance this may not seem to be the most dynamic project in the world, but try telling that to the teachers and school children from the school – the response they gave us was truly mind blowing.
The school is located in Likoni, just south of Mombasa. Prior to the fence the school has been victim of land grabbing, burglary and vandalism – the new fence helps to solve this and provide a platform to make lasting improvements to the school, to start with only about a third of the children have desks and chairs, the rest have to sit on the floor, which itself is in need of repair.
We expected a short tour of the school and then get our hands dirty painting a classroom and planting some trees – which all happened – but to start with we were treated to the sight of all 842 school children singing songs and poems all about how the new fence has provided them with security and safety (with tongue in cheek comments about how it will reduce truancy levels…).
We all left feeling very rewarded and blessed to make a start in improving a school that is in dire need of support and assistance, not to mention being covered in paint, so all credit and thanks to the SCC’s “Challenge Africa” team and to everyone that donated to the cause.
The first few days of SCC’s Challenge Africa have flown by and along with “sunburn” and “it’s so hot” one of the most commonly repeated phrases so far is how much the trip has been “a humbling experience”. Away from the tourist trails and deep into the real world of Kenya, the five staff members from SCC (Specialist Computer Centres) have been delving into local communities to see the projects that are run by CO2balance, and which SCC have been supporting for over the past four years now. New experiences included a delicious traditional Kenya meal made by a local family, cooked on one of our Improved Cook Stoves.
The experience is very much humbling, seeing what little they have and how happy they are certainly puts any problems that we have back in the UK very much into perspective. Next up is a trip to the Shikaadabu Primary School to see the fruits of the Challenge Africa Team’s funding raising campaign. They are getting ready for more humbling, more heat and probably some sunburn!
Next week’s trip to visit one of the schools we work with in Kenya has taken a sporty twist, with Liverpool FC – through the Liverpool FC Foundation – kindly donating two shirts along with posters and signed cards. Like most kids the school children at the Shikaadabu Primary School are mad about football so I am sure the lucky two children that get to wear the shirts will be very grateful to Liverpool FC.
We have got a mix of football allegiances in the office but we are all fans of anyone that donates to the schools we support over in Kenya.
The trip is all part of “Challenge Africa”, which we’ll blog more about next week…….