Kariandusi Primary School

Date started: November 2003

Date completed: January 2005; Extended April 2008; Extended again May 2010

Cost of project: £55,000; Extensions cost a further £25,000

Size of school: Single stream school built for 350 pupils; Now a double stream school for 640 children

One liner: A stunning school that is much admired by many who drive past on the Nairobi to Nakuru road. Its popularity is accounted for by the large influx of displaced children following the election debacle on early 2008.

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Kariandusi School - Before picture

The mud school prior to October 2004.

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Kariandusi School - After picture

The view of the school from the Nairobi - Nakuru road in 2005.

The second of two 4-classroom block extensions built in haste in 2010 to accommodate the large demand for additional space from local children.

Current Status: Completed

More info: The first Handover Ceremony was held ahead of schedule on 14th February 2005. Since the post election violence of early 2008 it became urgently necessary to help the Internally Displaced Children (IDP) who wished to settle in peace in the area. Following a very generous response from numerous supporters in England, four semi-permanent classrooms were constructed in April 2008. Many desks, chairs and tables were provided together with hundreds of much needed text books. An insufficiency of teachers was causing standards to drop so the charity shared the cost of the salaries of four additional teachers, some of whom were also IDP from Western Kenya.

The second extension of a further four semi-permanent classrooms became necessary when it was realized that the majority of IDP were unwilling to return home. The challenges was exacerbated by the popularity of the school locally. In 2010 it was clear that another four classrooms were needed to reduce overcrowding. The total number of classrooms is now 16. KST now shares the cost of two qualified teachers and also provides two assistant teachers from the Langalanga Scholarship Fund prior to them taking up competitive vacancies in Kenyan universities.

We have insisted on green corrugated iron sheets on the roofs be used to help blend the buildings into the landscape. We have incorporated rainwater harvesting arrangements (gutters to the verandahs, downpipes and underground pipes to move the excess water from the buildings).

There is very little room for sports fields on this rocky sloping site. A quotation for a measure of levelling was given that proved outside the ability of KST to pay.