In Kanungu we are currently supporting two kindergartens with infrastructure, pedagogical support and equipment. So far one building has been completed for 106 children, and a second building started. Davina’s Kindergarten in Oslo has given support for buildings, books, equipment, and instruments. The children in Norway have also given toys, clothes, pencils, books and papers to be sent to Kanungu. In the future we hope to gather enough funding to complete the second building and support the teachers training.
Through intensive work by the teachers and students at the Oslo Montessori School and the donations of some private donors, the school has been able to improve its conditions considerably. Students now have uniforms, new books, music instruments, clean water, and a tree-planting project to secure future income. A shipment from Oslo will soon provide stationary, sweaters, rain-coats and footballs. We would like to be able to continue the support mainly with helping them to improve the classroom floors, the latrines, the teacher’s office, providing them with football shirts, and helping them to continue the tree-planting project. We have also started a sponsorship programme to give talented students the possibility to attend High School, and we are currently looking for a new support family.
After an intensive visit by Marius Koestler in September, a shallow well was dug in order to assure the safe intake of water. The plastic liners of the well were sponsored by Crestanks, a local company, in order to test their ability in practice. The well, with a depth of 4 metres, was completed with the collaboration of the community. In addition to this, a chemical research project was carried out in order to improve the quality of the water. The water in the Kazinga channel has many features that make it difficult to obtain clear, clean water with a good taste. The project was a great success, and we are already seeing the positive impacts of the improved water quality. In addition to this, the long-awaited water extension to the school was completed. Pipes were laid from the tank site to a new tap-station at the school 250 meters away, and pupils and teachers now profit from clean water every day. The biggest task we see for the water project is supporting the water committee with the administration of the system, something that is very important to achieve sustainability.