This very poor and remote primary school, founded in 1997, borders Kora National Park about 3 hours drive from Mwingi town.
The area is extremely dry and the school had no source of running water. TAS funding and support has enabled water to be piped into the school from an old disused borehole nearby.
A large playing field has been cleared but there is little sports equipment. There is a kitchen and food is now cooked on efficient jikos rather than on open fires.
There is a basic library, but books have been poorly kept on open shelves and in boxes. The outside environment is hostile for such storage and of concern.
The compound itself was donated by one of the parent/teachers who has been teaching there since 1997.
There are 296 pupils, 138 girls and 158 boys. At the end of 2009 almost half the children had drifted away in search of water and food. Now, they have returned and the enrollment is back up to previous levels although the recent drought has seen a drop in numbers again.
There are 5 TSE (government) teachers. This means that 4 others have to be employed at parents' expense. TAS has stepped in and funded these so that the pressure is off the extremely poor parents.
There are concerns about the high drop out rate, specially for girls. Reasons for this include lack of food and facilities, very large classes, insecurity and to the fact that parents are being asked to contribute to the running of the school.
TAS priorities for funding have been additional teachers, fencing and refurbishment of classrooms, new cookers, solar power, TVs and DVD players, and most recently dormitories.