“Any story that does not culminate into action or does not provoke one to act, it is better left than said…..because it will only cause distress to others”
On the 26th day of June 2013 at 11:00 am i bounced on a group of around 22 class 7 and 8 pupils from Garden Estate primary (a public school within Marurui vicinities) who have left my heart troubled and indebted. I found the group knocking at the gate of a friend who also happens to be a church mate. Curiously and calmly, i waited from from a reasonable distance just to see what the next cause of action would be. In less than two minutes, the guard appears and the children request to have an audience with his boss, the wife in particular, who until then i hardly could have connected she was their teacher.
Disappointingly, the guard explains to them that their teacher had left in another car, since they looked rejuvenated and optimistic their teacher was in the house after they had spotted her car, which is well known to them, in the compound. On their way back, i approached them to inquire what was the matter. And guess what…? “Tulikuwa tunataka ku request teacher wetu aendelee kitufunza tu hata kama kuna mgomo” “shouted one of them in Kiswahili” – In English i quote, “we had come to request our teacher to continue offering her service to us even though we understand the teachers in public schools are on strike across the country”.Read more about community Library
Problem Statement: In many urban slums, finding a spacious house which can comfortably accommodate a nuclear family is rare. A good number of families in Marurui Jua Kali slums live in a single room (10ft by 10ft) or a double room (20ft by 10ft) for those who are privileged. The said room is a home for 5 to 11 members in a family and serves as a kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, study room and a business premise for those who run small kiosks. Borrowing from this reality, it is not without daunting challenges for children to carry out evening studies at ease. These notwithstanding, many children do not get an opportunity to enjoy parental guidance when taking evening studies since the parent (s) is occupied by other home chores or is illiterate.
MUYOG Intervention: MUYOG is putting up a community library which is expected to come in handy in:
1.) Providing ample space and a conducive environment for children to engage in their studies in the evening, when on vacation or in case of unprecedented teachers strikes.
2) Making available adequate learning materials and providing an avenue in which volunteer teachers can offer an academic hand to the students.
3) Empowering interested parents and youth through basic adult learning classes.
Kindly find the quotation herein below:Expand the table
Quotation for Construction of a Community Library in Marurui Jua kali Slums
No. of Units
PRICE PER UNIT
Iron sheets, 3m
Iron sheets, 2m