Students assemble outside Ngurumo Primary School in the summer of 2005. The building in the center has rooms for Standards 4-8. The building on the right has three rooms for the headmaster, teachers and storage. Students get water from the uncovered water tank pictured in the photo, where the water drains off a rusty roof. During the dry seasons, they walk to the river at the bottom of the hill, approximately a mile away.
Teach My Kenyan Children funded the building of the new cafeteria/community center, pictured left. A local member of Parliament provided the water tank, pictured right. The tank is covered, and the water is coming from a cleaner roof. This tank will be used with a borehole, which will be completed next year in a continued partnership with the Kenyan government.
Teachers at Ngurumo Primary School now have access to a printer and an encyclopedia. These allow them to print articles and maps for students to supplement classroom information.
The solar panel, center, powers a computer for the teachers. The Kenyan government is working to provide electricity for the school.
Preschool students, or the "baby class," greet the photographer during a teaching session at Ngurumo Primary School in the summer of 2005. This photo was taken when the teacher had temporarily left the room.
Students at the Ngurumo Primary school eat their lunches in a sponsored program called "Lunch and Learn." The program was started in 2003 to provide meals for students at $10 a month. Part of the money provides food, and part of it is saved for secondary school scholarships.
Primary school children learn in classrooms like these, which sometimes have problems with lighting. Teach My Kenyan Children is working to get new desks and help to install translucent ceiling panels for better lighting.
Gloria Follett, left, and Lisa Bari, right, work with a student and parent during a pre-kindergarten assessment. Students' speech, vision, hearing and motor skills are tested to search for special needs that might affect their learning experience.
Children at the Ngurumo Primary school play on a tire swing in the summer of 2005. The school also has a soccer field, and football is one of the students' favorite games.
The school is situated near the top of Tumu Tumu, in the foothills of Mt. Kenya. The cafeteria/community building pictured at the bottom is connected to the preschool and kindergarten classrooms. On the right, there are two long buildings with rooms for Standards 1 through 8. The office building for the teachers is pictured in the center, and the football field is on the left.