NGO donates to vulnerable pupils

NGO donates to vulnerable pupils
At least 36 needy pupils of Canaan Primary School have received school bags and uniforms from good Samaritans under the Nakwalele Development Organization (NADO).

The pupils were identified by the community-based organization led by Sam Kimeli, the programme manager. He was accompanied by other officials who included Josephine Walela, a representative from the district education office.

The team visited the school, which has a population of 700 pupils, mainly from needy rural families, orphans, including former street children. Many of the pupils lack basic items such as uniforms and writing materials.

During the handover of the items, the deputy head teacher, Geke thanked the team and said the school’s status would improve as more pupils donned the full school uniform.
“Pupils who had full school attires were countable. The uniforms donated by the NADO team will greatly help to improve the status of the school. Sometimes when visitors come, they are confused whether this is a certified learning institution. I believe that will change after this intervention,” he said.
According to Geke, the school has a shortage of both teachers and classroom space.

Walela a representative from the district education office said the uniforms would make it easy for pupils to be identified by visitors and teachers when pupils are outside the school premises.

Kimeli said the project they are implementing aims to build the capacity of vulnerable children so that they can focus on their studies and build their future.

“We want these pupils to be like those in other schools so that they don’t feel underprivileged in any way and they can fully focus on education. We targeted the most vulnerable pupils in the school especially those who were raised in the streets and those who lost their parents and are now under care of guardians,” he said.

He said that the project funded by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other UN bodies has benefited 400 students and pupils from schools in Turkana central sub-county.

Other schools that have benefited from the project include Salvation Army Nawoitorong Secondary School, Kawalase Primary, Lodwar Girls’ Primary, Loyo Primary, Kakwanyang, Loturere and Napeililim Primary Schools.

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