Last week ERA’s Alec Ring and his collegue Karl Sarkis, who recently left ERA to complete his Masters, gave us an update on the construction progress of their inspiring design project for Oleleshwa Primary School in the village of Ewaso Ngiro, Kenya. While in Kenya in the spring of 2010 Alec and Karl, working with funding organization Harambee 4 Humanity, oversaw the construction of the school’s first classroom.
Upon completion of the first classroom, enrollment was approximately 50 students. In the past year, this number has increased to over 200 students ranging from grades 1 to 3, all for whom Oleleshwa Primary School now provides free education.
In recent months the government of Kenya has recognized the school as part of the Kenyan education system and has introduced salary funding for its teachers.
In September, 2011, Harambee 4 Humanity provided funding to begin construction of the much needed second classroom. Not traveling to Kenya for its construction, Alec and Karl are now faced with the challenge of overseeing the classroom’s construction from abroad.
Once construction of the second classroom is complete, a breezeway will be built to provide a sheltered connection between the two classrooms, also serving to catch and store rain water. For additional information on the project and to follow its progress, please visit the Harambee 4 Humanity website.
You can also view more information on the project, here for the early stages + here for the previous construction update.