Eburru Primary School

An introduction

Eburru Primary School is the most remote and inaccessible of the schools we have worked with; it is also one of the longest established having been founded in 1958. It is situated near an extinct volcano, with remarkable views. It is an area of subsistence small-scale farming and afforrestation, and has just over 600 pupils. In 2003 we found it had numerous mediocre buildings, some of which had only earth floors and no fitted windows or doors, and others in the state of collapse. There was no rainwater harvesting and toilets were totally inadequate. In 2011 some of the old buildings had collapsed or had to be demolished as unsafe, and the following year the parents managed to put together some very temporary structures made from used materials to provide makeshift classrooms.

What have we done?

In 2004 we decided to assist this school by building a new 5-classroom block – funded by three charitable trust donors. The next project was the refurbishment of an original block of 3 classrooms, and conversion of two other buildings to provide a staff room and library, both with fitted furnishings. Then followed new girls’ and boys’ toilet blocks and a 38,000-ltr stone water tank, and later the installation of electricity throughput the school.

What’s the plan?

The building of 6 new classrooms to replace the makeshift ones is urgently required. With the help of government support through the Community Development Fund and of Trusts for African Schools we anticipate three will be built during 2016. We now need to raise around £24,000 to build the other 3 and a further stone water tank.


Eburru Primary School

Situated near an extinct volcano, with remarkable views

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