It wasn’t just British children who returned to school last week. The children at The Limuru Methodist Academy in Limuru also began a new school year, but for them, a major improvement to their school life had occurred whilst they were on their school break.
During August, three new classrooms were built for the top three classes, standards 6, 7 and 8. New classrooms, with solid doors, glazed windows and lined with wood have replaced the old draughty corrugated iron buildings.
The new buildings came at a cost of Kshs 1,400,000, the equivalent of £9,300, donated by the Karibuni Children.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the oldest rugby team in Scotland, the Edinburgh Accies, and several generous individual donations to the project, the pupils are now able to learn in warmer, cleaner and more pleasant classrooms, which will significantly improve their learning.
Despite having a planned tour and visit to the area cancelled, the Accies continued to fundraise for Karibuni and the school in Limuru, raising over £1000.
Work took place over the school holiday and by the start of the new term, the whole village was talking about the project.
Rev Benjamin Karicha, the Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Circuit containing Limuru Methodist Church and Academy, said “we particularly appreciate the speed at which you worked towards this end. I wish to express my joy and pleasure and thank you for this support which has come at this opportune time… I have no doubt that the Limuru School is on the right path.”
The school is continuing to grow, with six new students registered on the first day of term alone and is consistently getting good academic results.
The classrooms are not quite finished, as painting of the rooms is set to take place at weekends.
Many thanks to all involved with fundraising efforts for the school!