Boka is an extremely remote, poor and arid area situated close to the Eastern boundary of Kora National Park, 7 hours drive Northeast of Nairobi and about 150 km from Garissa.
Families are mainly pastoralists - keeping cows and goats and moving around a lot. In times of drought the nearby Boka Well area becomes a gathering point for huge herds of livestock which threaten the ecology of the national park.
The primary school has been growing significantly and now operates from nursery to standard 8 - albeit with only 3 boys in the top class. In standard 1 there are about 70% boys enrolled but the girls' dropout rate is high and by standard 6, when the girls are around 13 years old, there a very few left. In 2013 the Standard 8 class has one girl who will be the first to graduate from the school.
Standards are low and no child from the school has yet taken the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams but the headteacher, staff and parents are enthusiastic about the tasks ahead. The younger generation of nomads are settling and seeing the need for a good education. They want to see their school get better.
The trust was established in Oct 2010 and since then TAS has funded a girls' dormitory, fencing, 2 female teachers, solar power in all the classrooms, desks, exam materials and a satellite phone. The Nation Media Group have funded a library and staffroom.