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Khaoya village school has very humble beginnings...

 

 It all began when Pastor Julius and Metrine noticed children in the village who were not attending school. Some of the children were getting up to mischief simply because they were bored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kenyan government will insist that all education is free, however if a child goes to school without the correct uniform and equipment they are sent home. A lot of the children in Khaoya village are orphans of 1 or no parents, or from homes with parents who have had little or no education, hence no money for uniforms.

J & M House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Julius and Metrine live in a 2 roomed mud hut themselves, they began bringing the children into the church during the week and teaching them basic lessons in August 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

toys on floor

 

 

 

We have known them since 2007 and first visited the single school room in January 2012. We took a lot of educational equipment to encourage them. 

 

playing with toys 1

 

playing with toys 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A child is not allowed in a government school without a uniform, can you imagine how these children feel? As if they don't have enough problems and heartbreak to deal with already, this is another slap in the face for them, sending a message of their inferiority and unacceptability to them loud and clear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A school uniform is therefore a type of status symbol and means they can afford to go to school and are then valued as a member of society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  We buy a uniform for the children in the school who's parents/guardians cannot afford to buy one,

 to show them they are valued, acceptable, loved and worthy of some new clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The man from the market thought it was his birthday when we bought 36 pairs of shoes from him. He carried his stock to the school on his bike and fitted every child with new shoes. For some children it was the first pair of shoes they had ever worn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 They are all shouting thank you for their new shoes!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few of them with new uniforms on for the first time in their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy, a school teacher was on the first team trip in 2012 and was brilliant with the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony and Bernadette, played games with them outside during their break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley donated lots of blue t-shirts so we had them printed up with our logo locally and they loved them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We learned over the next few months that the school was growing rapidly and that the old church room wasn't big enough. The school had grown to 56 by January 2013. Thank fully we were able to buy an acre of land in the village 
and came home to raise funds to build a purpose built school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In July 2013 we started building Free 2 Be Primary School....more of our journey and photos following soon.

 

 

 

Free 2 Be Primary School opened on 2nd September 2013.

 



 
 
  
A kitchen extension is presently being added so school meals can be provided.
 
 
Our first food provision project at the school was planting fruit trees in July 2013. Since then crops have been planted to provide beans, maize and vegetables for the children.
 
 
Pictures of the building work and children enjoying the new school will be posted here soon.
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