Kamahia Primary School is situated on top of a ridge, with a pupil catchment area of about six miles. The school's situation on the hill means that the wind and rain often disrupts lessons, rendering teaching and learning almost impossible. Many of the old wood and mud buildings were eaten by termites, necessitating a major construction programme.
Thanks to a particularly generous donation in 2000, an entire classroom block has been roofed. Kamahia now has 16 permanent classrooms, which are sufficient for its population of nearly 500 pupils, although several still need windows, doors and floors. Many families in this area have been on food aid during poor harvests, but their children have benefited enormously from the large water tank which was also finished in 2006. The children may not be able to eat lunch, but they do have limitless water to drink, which partially alleviates hunger and has been proven to raise concentration levels.
We need to complete the unfinished classrooms so that all 16 are finished to the same standard. Kamahia has an excellent purpose-built library room, but very few books, so the provision of learning materials is high on our agenda.