ST. MARY'S MAGINA GIRLS
Thanks to you, Growing Community Roots raised $22,955 that included 16-door toilets and two washrooms for girls, two washing stands, two 10,000-liter water tank systems, and two “Litter Free" plaques for St. Mary’s Magina Girls Secondary School.
St. Mary’s is an all girls boarding Secondary school, situated in Kawere village, Kabuoch East Location of Ndhiwa sub county in Homabay County.
The school was established in 1995 to educate girls within the locality without them having to travel far to go to a boarding school. The locality is made of small-scale farmers who would otherwise not have been able to support expensive far-flung boarding schools.
The school has been in existence for 25 years and its student population has risen from a paltry 15 in 1995 to 550 in 2020. Currently there are 22 teachers and 18 support staff.
SIGNIFICANT NEED IDENTIFIED
The school has two permanent dormitories and 6 semi- permanent. It has 10 classrooms, a science laboratory, a library, a staffroom and 3 departmental offices. The many buildings here mean that there’s plenty of roof for water to run off. This creates a soggy atmosphere and when it rains, girls are seen without caution, drawing the water that runs off the roof tops. This is very dangerous because of lightning. Rain water is valuable because it is fresh and good for drinking, while the other water available for them is salty underground water.
This makes the need for water tanks greater than you can fathom. There are currently two over-
headwater tanks, one 5,000lt and the other 2,000lt. As for pit latrines, there are sixteen doors for the girls and two doors for the support staff.
It is terrible for girls to cue for this very basic need and worse for teachers to watch this happen. There are also two roof catchment tanks, one 2,000lt and the other 1,000. In addition to all this there is no hand washing facility. Right now the school is trying to put some in place before the students resume on October 12, 2021.