School Staff.

There are currently seven teachers at the school and accommodation is now available for several staff members. The members of staff are carefully selected for their teaching skills and their ability to relate to the children. Wangari is anxious that as many tribes are represented as possible to encourage acceptance of the school among villages in the region.

Wangari does not teach the children herself, but she does manage the school very strongly.

Head Teacher: there is one head teacher, who supervises the other teachers and also teaches classes himself.

Teachers: they have responsibilities in the classroom for the curriculum, and out of the classroom some of the teachers have a social role in the welfare of the poorer children and the boarders.

Matron: she is responsible for the welfare of the children, she organises school meals, and generaly takes care of the "after school" lives of the boarders.

Cook: food is prepared in the school kitchen. When the school first opened all the cooking was done outside over open fires, but now wood burning stoves have been put in the kitchen, and cooking is done indoors. Makes it a bit smokey sometimes.

Gardener: looks after the vegetable plot and the cows, and helps with security. May act as a night watchmen if needed.

 

By 2015 several pupils have passed their final examinations. Such successes boost the school’s reputation and the recruitment of paying pupils. Wangari is very appreciative of the excellent staff she has. She says they work long hours for minimum wages because they know the school is not run as a business like some private schools but is a home for children who have no-one else to help them.

But success has other consequences. Wangari writes: - “When a school performs well the teachers are likely to be ‘poached’ by other private schools and assured of a high salary. Unfortunately our mathematics teacher was ‘poached’ by a school in Nairobi. I begged him not to go, however I couldn’t afford the salary he was offered. We’ll get another teacher …”.

Here in the UK fundraising is always a challenge. We need to keep pace with the Kenyan cost of living, which runs at a similar rate to our own. Additionally, we want to support the recently opened nursery and help Wangari to maintain her teaching staff. Overall, however, the current successes are a source of great delight and satisfaction to us all. Many children have already been helped and Wangari’s original vision of supporting the poor and destitute can be seen to work in practice.