Safaricom Foundation funded the installation of a solar system at Kuja Secondary School for the deaf which has been experiencing frequent power outages thus affecting studies and communication among students at the school.
“I can only imagine the distress that the students would go through in such circumstances,” said Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom Foundation Chairman.
“We want to see a country where our children learn without lacking basic facilities and where there are no school dropouts due to lack of these facilities,” Ogutu said.
According to a World Bank report Kenyans experience at least four blackouts in a month.
Before the provision of the solar system, students at the school would be forced to cut short their night studies whenever a power outage occurred.
“Our 2014-2017 strategic plan places an emphasis on children with special needs as we work towards an empowered and literate future generation,” Ogutu said.
Other schools that benefitted from the over Sh4million investment are St Lucy Odhiambo Rambo Girls’ Secondary School in Ndhiwa, which caters for poor students who would otherwise not afford the cost of secondary education. The Foundation helped the school purchase assorted textbooks, 50 lockers and chairs as well as funded the construction of four classrooms.
Through the Know and Grow program Bahati Primary School in Kakamega County, and SianyKabonyo Primary School in Kisumu East constituency, received one ECD classroom each.
Know and Grow is a project aimed at improving learning facilities in 27 schools from disadvantaged regions around Kenya. The initiative brings together the Safaricom Foundation, Coca-Cola, TingaTinga Tales Foundation and Kenya Literature Bureau.