ST. ALFRED ALARA SECONDARY
With your help, Growing Community Roots accomplished its funding goal for the 2016 Kenya School Project. Because of you more than 220 students, 7 teachers, and numerous families will have access to safe water and sanitation. Plus, a community garden.
A heartfelt thank you to our anonymous donor who matched all of the other donors’ gifts and helped us raise $28,500.
SIGNIFICANT NEED IDENTIFIED
The school needed more tanks to harvest rainwater. Toilets were needed for both the girls and the boys.
A community garden was needed to provide fresh vegetables for the students to eat. IMBO Community Action Program, our partner, supervised the planting of the community garden and oversaw the project.
The school is managed by a Board of Governors and a Parents Association who helped ensure the project’s completion.
The Principal, Paul Otieno Benjamin and his deputy, oversaw the project on a daily basis.
The school will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure investments.
BACKGROUND OF SCHOOL PROJECT
St. Alfred Alara was started as a secondary school for boys in 1966. After a community outcry, girls were admitted in 1985. Today 130 boys and 90 girls are currently enrolled. The school has 7 teachers who stay in the school compound with their families and four support staff. The school’s water supply is Lake Victoria – a highly polluted lake. Support staff uses the school donkey cart to get water for cooking and science classes. The girls who stay in the dormitory fetch water for their personal use. The school has one 5,000-liter tank donated by Water for Schools. They use it as their supply of drinking water.
Because of the lack of water, the school’s enrollment hasn’t increased even though the students achieve high rankings in national examinations. The school has two sets of toilets -- one for the girls and the other for the boys and the teaching staff. The staff toilet sank during the heavy rains. The girls use makeshift structures without doors for bathrooms and their toilet is also made of corrugated tin.