In August of
2004 representatives of Outreach Europe visited the Visual Junior
School. The Visual Junior School is based in Mtwapa, about 15 kilometres
north of Mombasa.
government in Kenya made primary schools obligatory and free of charge
the schools have been extremely full. Eighty students per class is no
exception. Children who cannot keep up are left behind. In this case a
private school is the only solution, but this is not paid for by the
Junior School is one of these schools. It has 150 students, mainly from
poor families and many orphans (think of aids). The parents have to pay Ksh. 500,- for the school, this is about 5,- per month. But many
parents or caretakers cant afford even this small amount of money. In
spite of this these children are not sent home.
has 8 teachers, of which 2 trainees. Between them they earn 360,- , the
rent is 50,- per month. The total (uncertain) contribution from the
parents is 400,- per month, so the expenses are often greater than the
income. When this is the case the difference is deducted from the
classrooms are separated from each other by plywood walls. There are no
doors, so teaching is nearly impossible because of the noise. There is
also a shortage of furniture and educational tools.
Europe wants to help these children, so that they too can receive a good
education in a class where noise will be a thing of the past.
To reduce the noise new walls and
doors had to brought in. The furniture and educational tools have to be
supplied and 8 new toilets had to be built.
The total costs were 5500 euros.
The CNS in Oostvoorne and the
Wilde Ganzen raised the money together. But before Outreach Europe could
start the renovations the school had to be registered.
This took a year, so we couldn't start until September 2005.
Early January 2006 we visited the
school and we were very pleased with the result.
The interior was nearly ready, the furniture and educational tools had
been supplied as well as possible and the new toilets were being built.
It was a very good project for
Outreach Europe. The cooperation with the CNS and the Wilde Ganzen
worked very well, and can definitely be repeated.