Robanda Secondary School
Sitting on the western edge of the Serengeti, Robanda needs a secondary school for girls. Currently, girls from Robanda attend school 45km away in Mugumu. The school in Mugumu does not have dormitories, so many of the girls stay in hostels and end up dropping out or getting pregnant. The community started construction on a secondary school six years ago, and we are committed to helping them open doors in early 2017.
Water - Three Years, Five Boreholes, 3,000 People
Months after opening doors to the Sukenya Medical Dispensary, it was clear that the majority of patients seeking treatment suffered from illnesses related to insufficient access to clean water. Consequently, we have set a goal of drilling five boreholes over the next three years to provide safe and reliable drinking water to communities across the Oloipiri Ward. This will ensure that three villages have access to clean water.
Haymu Primary School
Despite extremely limited classroom space, Haymu Primary School is ranked 9th out of 101 schools in the Karatu district. With two teachers and two grades sharing one classroom -- the right side of the room listening to one teacher and the left side listening to another -- the community has sought to build two more classrooms to give students and teachers the learning environment they deserve. The community has paid to pour the foundation for the remaining two classrooms they require, and we have committed to funding the construction on these classrooms in 2017.
We launched COCOBA training in October, 2015. COCOBA, or Community Conservation Banking, is a microfinance program that will help Maasai women in Sukenya village start small, environmentally-friendly businesses. After entrepreneurship training, a third of the women will have beadwork training, a third will learn bee-keeping, and a third will learn leather tanning. We are excited to see their progress!
Sukenya Primary School
We are excited to be working on a new 2-in-1 teachers' house at Sukenya Primary School this year. With 400 students and only eight teachers, the school is significantly understaffed. The headmaster and existing teaching staff are dynamic and motivated, but they need additional staff to ensure the classrooms are not overcrowded. We can't wait to meet the new teachers at Sukenya in 2016!
Soit Sambu Secondary School
We were deeply to saddened to learn that one of the boys' dormitories at Soit Sambu Secondary School was destroyed in a fire in 2015. The boys have had to move into a newly-opened dining hall; this is not only a poor living space, but now the rest of the student body has to eat meals outside. We are planning to build and furnish a new boys' dormitory for Soit Sambu in 2016.
Ganako Secondary School
Michela's Room at Ganako serves as both a dining hall and community center. The next phases of this project include two phases - infrastructure improvements, including a water and bio-gas project, and partnering with Babson College to create a permanent Entrepreneurship Center based in Karatu. Babson-led entrepreneurship seminars for local secondary school students are ongoing.
Sukenya Medical Dispensary
After five years of planning and fundraising, the dispensary in Sukenya is finally open! We completed the initial phase of construction in 2015, which included the facility itself, staff housing, toilets, an incinerator, a placenta pit, solar power, and a windmill to power the pump in a borehole drilled by Thomson Safaris. The three staff members are seeing, on average, 526 patients per month, which is more than double most facilities of similar size in rural settings. The government has asked us to build additional staff housing to enable them to increase the staff at the Sukenya Dispensary. We hope to complete this new housing in 2017.
Orkuyene Primary School
Orkuyene Village is a very young village - it was formed in the last few years. The people of Orkuyene got together and decided that the village should have a primary school of its own. The children of Orkuyene are currently walking almost two hours each way to attend Oloipiri Primary School. This is a long walk for anyone, particularly a child, but in an area with resident wildlife, the walk is also dangerous! The village has managed to build most of the school, and only need a 2-in-1 teachers' house in order to open its doors. We hope to build the house for Orkuyene in the next few years.