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NGO invests KES 140M in the learning infrastructure improvement

04 November 2014, 22:55 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Netherlands based  non-governmental Organization (NGO) has invested more than KES.140 million since its inception 13 years ago in the improvement of schools infrastructures especially building and rehabilitating of classes in rural areas.

The NGO directors Roel and Marianne Meijers said that they were touched by the plight of residents of Bungoma County whose poverty level was a hindrance to their children accessing good education due to dilapidated learning environment.

"Majority of classes are in bad shape due to high poverty level, lack of interest from the government and the high corruption level among the civil servants which denied learners access to good learning infrastructure," said the Meijers.

The duo said that some learners were learning under mud walled class rooms which led them to contract diseases due to dust and jiggers which affected them hence led to poor performance in national examinations," said the directors.

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Speaking in Kimilili town on Tuesday during the release of their projects report, the duo said that they have implemented a number of projects in the learning institutions which have helped to change the physical outlook of the schools.

"We are proud of the success we have achieved so far in the County and we are calling on other partners and the government to support our projects so that we are able to continue with this noble course," they said
The NGO also works in Busia, Siaya, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia Counties and has helped to improve education level through infrastructure development.

Bungoma County Education, science and ICT County Executive Committee member Beryl Mutekhele applauded the foundation for its noble projects which have seen the improvement of learning classes through rehabilitation and construction of the new once.

"Harambee Foundation is one of the organization that has real helped in the improvement of infrastructure that has made sure that learners succeed in future.

"You have done a commendable job but should also partner with the County concerned ministry so that we avoid duplication of projects, you should be availing my office with your proposals so that we don't have to duplicate projects, we need to work together now," said Mutekhele.

She said that currently they have constructed 135 ECDE centres in 45 Wards to help in the improvement and equipping the nursery going learners who need a good foundation.

"We have also earmarked construction, improvement and equipping of village polytechnics so that students who dropped out of school can be enrolled in them so that they can take up technical coruses that will help them in future," She said.


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