NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 2 – The Spread the Love Campaign by Mavuno Church has increased its investments in refurbishment of Public Primary Schools to Sh20 million from last year’s Sh16 million.
The investment will see the church refurbish 14 public primary schools by repainting classrooms, replacing worn out desks and chairs, rebuilding Kitchens and toilet blocks with the aim of restoring dignity and hope to children in these schools.
Milton Jumba, Executive Pastor at Mavuno Church in Charge of City Impact says different church campuses chose to adopt public schools near them and cater for their immediate needs.
The Public Schools that are set to benefit from the facelift include Mlolongo Primary School, Kasoitu Primary, Lavington Primary, State House Primary and Donholm Primary School among others.
“Some of the major needs at the schools include Classrooms with potholed floors, damaged notice boards and missing doors and windows, Inadequate furniture that has seen some students stand or sit on the classroom floors and use stones and planks as desks during lessons,” says Jacqueline Mathaga, chairperson of the Spread the Love Strategy Team.
Last year the church invested about Sh16 million in five schools.
“We are looking at getting to 30 schools next year; we are looking at partnering with other well-wishers, and the corporate to make this dream a reality, as our National Anthem says, Let’s build our land and nation, It’s a responsibility for everyone, and not the government alone,” said Pastor Muriithi Wanjau, Senior Pastor Mavuno Church.
Public schools in Kenya experienced increase in enrolment following the 2003 re-introduction of free primary education which was aimed at providing more opportunities for out of school children.
Within one year of implementation, in 2005, UNESCO reported an increase in gross enrolment rate (GER) which resulted in more than 1.5 million out of school children joining primary schools.
However, school facilities and infrastructure proved to be a challenge as classes became congested with limited physical facilities, sanitary and hygiene toilet facilities.
“Poor facilities lead to disinterested pupils and lower school performances, we need to invest in our children, show them we love them for them to be better equipped for the future,” noted Carol Wanjau Executive Pastor Mavuno Church.
The Spread the Love goal is to raise one million hours of community service annually through volunteers.