Help Girgir Primary School

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“The learner being able to eat at school will not only help him to be retained in the school, but also relieve the burden to the parent of having to feed them. Once they can have enough food in school, even if the mother doesn't get enough food for supper, maybe that food can sustain that child up to the following day. Food is what keeps them in school. If there is no food, there is no learning.”

This was the reply of Girgir Primary School Headmaster Josiah Muriithi when asked on the importance of food in sustaining 900 students every day in his school. The reality he describes is one lived daily by these children in great need. For them, school is often their only safe haven. Founded in 1963 in a very dry and remote area north of the equator in Kenya (Archer’s Post, Samburu), Girgir Primary has been extremely resilient until now, which does not mean that they aren’t confronted to many difficulties on a daily basis.

What are some of the challenges?

  • Severe food shortages
  • Urgent renovations required
  • Lack of feminine hygiene products
  • Lack of supplies (notebooks, workbooks, pens, etc.)
  • Special education needs

Why is the school struggling?

  • Very arid land
  • Lack of government support
  • Weak staff/student ratio (1 teacher for 40+ students)
  • No running water
  • Little to no medical attention to students
  • Lack of funds for maintenance

How is the school funded?

At Girgir, the school is run through a combination of public funding and NGO grants. Parents of the community come from humble backgrounds and cannot contribute to their children’s educational needs. Thus, as the primary school’s budget is only partially (25%) supported by the kenyan government, the NGO Maisha Marefu Onlus does it’s best to provide as much funding as possible to respond to their basic needs. Still, whilst providing the bulk of the school’s funding needs, some urgent needs still cannot be sponsored. Headmaster Muriithi said it clearly: “you find that the school's challenges are more than the help the government provides”.

How has private funding through Maisha Marefu Onlus helped the school grow until now?

This “supportive partnership”, as Headmaster Muriithi describes, has already been tremendously beneficial for the school and its students. Over the years, the NGO has equipped Girgir Primary with hundreds of new mattresses, desks, lockers, and notebooks for the boarders and students. They are also currently working on supplying the school with sufficient food (beans, rice, and flour) to make sure the students have access to a basic nutrition on a daily basis. Maisha Marefu Onlus have also financed the much needed renovation and re-painting of both the boys and girls dormitories (renovation of classes are ongoing). Still, yet to date, the biggest project investments have been through efforts to bring running water to the school. Until now, water had to be trucked in on a weekly basis or withdrawn from nearby water sources (eg: the local church’s water reserves). This new water extraction project underway includes drilling a borehole and constructing the appropriate infrastructure to facilitate water pumping. Further investments into water treatment are to follow when the project is finalized and the school finally has access to running water (a first since 1963). It’s a considerable step to self-sufficiency and further projects, mentioned in the interview with the headteacher (see link), that require additional funds are ongoing (eg: renovations of facilities, construction of library, dininng hall, greenhouses etc.)

What is still of major concern?

English professor Tereza Loloo, who has been teaching at Girgir for thirteen years, when asked on the biggest issues the school faces, shared similar concerns to those of the headmaster’s : “sometimes, some of them don't eat, they don't come in the school because of maybe the lack of food. If we were in shortage, they would never attend the lessons.” If the kids, cannot eat and drink properly, do not have the tools to learn, and are in unfavorable environments, they simply cannot learn. Families are not enrolling their children in school as a result of these dire conditions.

That’s why we need YOUR help to assure:

Food supply:

  • Acute food shortages to be relieved in priority
  • Funding for a more balanced diet
  • Funding for self-sustainment of the school
    • Developing greenhouse and vegetable garden
    • Breeding cows and goats

Water supply:

  • Water → health → focus → learning
  • Improving hygiene
  • Drinking water

Renovations:

  • Repairing floors → applying tiles (more durable)
  • Repainting classrooms
  • Repairing fence → fencing all school grounds to avoid intrusions
  • Building dining hall/library → kids eat in playground / no reading possibilities
  • Repairing roof → eliminating asbestos (exposure increases the risk of several serious health conditions)
  • Replacing latrines → with flush toilets
  • Acquiring a printer → printing exercices / exams so to not have to import them

How is my donation being utilized?

We have made a price list of essential items that can be purchased using donations.

For example, with 0,12€, you can feed one student for one day.

Food supply:

  • 30€ - 20L cooking oil
  • 35€ - Firewood for 1 week (cooking)
  • 49€ - 90kg maize wheat
  • 63€ - 100kg rice
  • 90€ - 90kg beans

Other:

  • 7€ - 100 pencils or 50 pens or 10 notebooks
  • 7€ - 10 sanitary towel box (60 pads)
  • 30€ - Mikasa volleyball / football
  • 135€ - 16 full uniforms (jersey, shorts, pants)
  • 830€ - Printer
  • With a 10€ donation, you can feed 81 children for a day;
  • With a 20€ donation, you can feed 81 children and buy 100 pads;
  • With a 50€ donation, you can feed 81 children, buy 150 pads, and buy a brand new football;
  • With a 108€ donation, you can feed all 900 students for a day!

All money donated will go directly to Girgir Primary School to the following account:

  • Client account name: Girgir Primary School
  • Account Number: 10111301000017
  • Beneficiary bank: Consolidated Bank of Kenya Limited
  • Swift code: CONKKENA

Any amount is appreciated and will contribute to improving to a great extent the quality of life of these pupils. Let us know in the comments below what you would prefer your donation to be used for! If you have no preferences, we will allocate the funds according to the most urgent needs of the school.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

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Girgir Primary offers an education for 900+ students coming from humble backgrounds. Help us in improving their learning and living conditions.

Girgir Primary offers an education for 900+ students coming from humble backgrounds. Help us in improving their learning and living conditions.

Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 25, 2024
  • hope this helps even if very little.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 16, 2023
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€100.00
Apr 20

Girgir values are engrained in paint again!

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 06:00 pm

Further advancements have also been made on school grounds. Multiple inscriptions have been made on the administration's office . These paint jobs allow for all the official information relating to the school and their values to be clear and visible. It also gives an administrators roll of honour from the

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Apr 20

Drip irrigation in full motion!

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 05:03 pm
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With the bore water hole established, the pumping effective, patience was the last factor required to see the drip irrigation system work its magic. Since December, Girgir have had access to a stable water source. They have managed to plant an assortment of crops on 3 varied sites. 1. Using. . . . .

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Feb 26

New irrigation system for crop growing

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 07:39 pm
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Girgir Primary School has installed a new drip irrigation system on a trial piece of land. Through this new technology, a variety of crops can be grown, and if all goes well, their harvests are expected in the following time frames: Sukuma wiki - 2 months Spider plant - 2. . . . .

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Feb 12

The Earth Smiles are working!

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 10:50 am
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Last July 2023, volunteers for Maisha Marefu came to Girgir Primary School in the hopes of helping to regreen the arid land. A specific project was presented: The "Water Bunds" or "Earth Smiles" , which are holes digged with an incline that allow water basins to form, and through time,. . . . .

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Feb 12

Farming for food security within the school is developing

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 10:33 am
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GIRGIR PRIMARY SCHOOL in Samburu East has enough arable and well ploughed land ready for planting. We now have enough water for farming, and are therefore looking to change the school's food security and sustainability status. To accomplish that, the school needs further farm inputs (seeds, drip irrigation, net farming,

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Jan 21

First goal for 2024 - a fresh paint job!

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 03:11 pm
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The school gate needs to be re-painted and the school's information is also to be embedded on the wall. The cost, 70 000 KSH (400 EUR), is significant for the school and your help is greatly appreciated. The fee covers assorted colors of paint, brushes, and the permanent drawing of

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Jan 21

Winter break is over - classes have restarted!

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 03:02 pm
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On the 8th of January, life went back to normal at the Girgir Primary School. The 900 students came back to school and started the new year with lots of energy. Headmaster Josiah Muriithi too has plenty planned for the year, and with Maisha Marefu Onlus' assistance, projects will be

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Nov 15

National Tree Planting Day in Kenya!

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 06:01 pm
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On the 13th of November, it was National tree planting day in Kenya. For the occcasion and with the help of military officers from the school of military engineering (S.O.M.E) led by the Commandant Colonel Wanga and our pupils from around, we planted another 120 tree seedlings on school grounds!So

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Nov 07

2000 tree seedlings by the end of 2024...

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 10:58 am
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Another 150 seedlings of different varieties planted in the last few days, which brings the total of tree seedlings planted at 260. Small regreening steps. On our way to 2000 trees by the end of 2024. We trust the process as we keep faith.

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Oct 23

Planting is underway...

Update posted by Leopold Krampe at 09:37 am
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Today, 100 trees seedlings and 20 fruit trees have been planted in Girgir school facilities. The set target is to plant 2000 trees seedlings by the end of 2024. Nurseries for the assorted varieties of trees are also to be set up. More partners are to get involved to help

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Donors & Comments

25 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 25, 2024
  • hope this helps even if very little.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 16, 2023
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€100.00
  • Aurelie Teyssier
  • Donated on Nov 16, 2023
  • Bravo Leopold, tres beau projet :)

€95.00
€50.00
  • Wolfram Käfer
  • Donated on Oct 21, 2023
€100.00
  • Eleni Thomas
  • Donated on Oct 15, 2023
€20.00
  • Atila Tan
  • Donated on Oct 09, 2023
€200.00
  • Mila Sterling
  • Donated on Oct 09, 2023
  • viel Erfolg 🍀

€25.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 03, 2023
  • Great initiative!

€275.00
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