Ekwanda Primary School is one of the sixty or so schools where I am working with teachers. I arrived for a full day workshop for teachers from five or six different schools in the area on Tuesday morning March 16, only to find the school almost completely destroyed.
This is the season of 'long rains' which is eagerly awaited to enable fresh planting of crops. 'Long' just means that the period of rains is extended by comparison with the 'short rains' in October. The rains bring very violent high winds and torrential cascades of water.
On Sunday evening, March 14, a wind and rain storm hit Ekwanda school, ripping the corrugated metal roof from ten classrooms. The metal (mbati) was shredded and slices of it flew around like swords. The staff is only thankful that it happened while the school was empty, or someone children would have been badly hurt or killed. Pieces of mbati were retrieved from 200 meters up the hill.
It is heartbreaking to see the loss of the few resources they have. Schools have been overjoyed that the government has given an allowance for books and supplies. The texts, papers and school files were nearly all destroyed by the rain or blown away by the wind.
The government does not pay any capital costs, so the rebuilding of the school (estimated at about 2million shillings or roughly US25,000) will fall to parents and well wishers. I am sure their will be a Harambee, or fund raising, in different communities.
Here are some pictures: Click to enlarge