raised of a $13,000.00 goal
Located in rural Kenya, Eshitari Primary is a public school that educates over 650 children annually (kindergarten through 8th grade), preparing them for secondary school and beyond. Eshitari Primary School truly is a central point of pride and togetherness for the Eshitari village. It functions as a community center for the local villagers. GOA uses this school to train and educate locals in a variety of livelihood, income-generation and skills for self-reliance programs. Moreover, Eshitari has been one of several schools in the area that GOA has worked hard to support and partner with (see our School Support Project). Being that Eshitari was built over 50 years ago, though, it has become extremely dilapidated and is literally falling and crumbling apart, making it unsafe for the children and teachers to participate in class. The local government is now threatening to shut the school down, which would prevent over 650 children and their families from benefiting from the gift of education. Closing school in an area already plagued by extreme poverty (where average family income is less than $1.75/day) is not an option we are willing to consider.
We are urgently working hard to raise money necessary to keep Eshitari in operation. We have crafted a plan to meet the locals in the middle by re-building two, new classrooms which would meet the demands of the local government in order to prevent the school from shutting down. Like all of our projects, we emphasize the concept of local ownership. In this, the true spirit of local ownership, the local parents and school management committee have graciously committed to provide sand, timber and some manual, skilled labor. GOA and our donors and contributors would then cover the remaining total costs, which we estimate to be $13,000 total for two classrooms.