Chepnoët Primary School - as it used to be.
new classrooms under construction
The new class rooms of Chepnoët Primary School.
Students of Chepnoët Primary School during the break.
Chepnoët Primary School, not far from Eldoret, started in 1998 in the former dairy store of an English settler that had left.
Little by little the parents have been constructing new classrooms and some latrines, in the beginning using timber, later on using bricks and cement.
By the end of 2005, the school had 4 permanent classrooms, 6 semi-permanent (wooden) classrooms and 2 small offices, for 162 students in total.
All students are originating from the vicinity, with their parents either working as a farm labourer or as a small farmer. There is, unfortunately, a high incidence of HIV/AIDS inn the area.
In general there is no food shortage in the area. There is however the perpetual problem of parents have difficulties paying the school fees, or even the cost of a school uniform. Moreover, the children that do attend school, have to bring their own table and chair.
The parents are very involved in school life.
With this letter by the school to Drs. van den Ham dated 20 March 2007 , the collaboration between the school and "Kenya naar School" began..
During contacts with the Head teacher and the Board of the School, it was confirmed that the school needed more classrooms and additional administrative facilities to accommodate the increasing number of students that would like to attend Chepnoët school.
Also the school grounds were too small, as the Government demanded that the school grounds should be 5 acres, while it only had 2 acres.
In order to assist Chepnoët Primary School, it was decide to assist the school with the following:
1. Extension and layout of the school grounds. € 7.000
2. Construction of 10 classrooms € 53.000
3. Office block and adjustment of teachers rooms € 2.500
4. Teaching aids (books, maps, blackboards etc.) € 4.000
5. Expenditure related to work supervision. € 1.500
The total cost, valued at € 67.500, have been provided by " Kenya naar School" together with "Wilde Ganzen" .
In the meantime, all 10 class rooms have been build and the other activities completed. At this moment the school has around 230 students that achieve excellent school results each year.