We have been supporting Gitare Primary School in Kenya since 1987 following the time that Kefa M’Barine attended Chilwell Road Methodist Church during his time as a mature student at the University of Nottingham. During the early years of our support we were able to send money, books (which formed the basis of a library), tools and cooking pots, pans and utensils used to teach the pupils basic skills. The school was our first church charity in 1994 and some money was used to put glass into the window frames to help keep out the cold draughts. Since then we have donated some of our annual giving to the school. This year the school’s main project was to replace 2 of the first classrooms built in the 1980s so our donation contributed to this. The following letter recently arrived via email.
From The Committee, Gitare Primary School, Kenya– received Nov 21st
Dear Friends of Chilwell Road,
We are doing fine here in Kenya and we hope you are doing fine too. We have just finished the national exams for our class 8 pupils (aged 14) and we hope that they will excel and secure a place in high school. Some pioneers of this school have been very successful and most of them have joined so many professions like teaching and nursing. Although job opportunities are a major challenge we hope for the best in the future.
We are looking forward to government to stand for his people and create more jobs as we also try to equip the students with basic skills to help them to be self-employed in the future if they do not secure jobs. As you know Gitare is located in high altitudes area so we as a school we teach them that they can take advantage of the good weather and venture into things like agriculture or livestock-keeping. We will close school in the first week of December for the Christmas holidays.
We, as members of Gitare Primary School, would like to thank you for your care and support you have given us. We have been able to do many projects for the kids and the school through your support. We would not have done much without this support.
We would also like to thank you for the support you gave us on our last project. We have managed to build the classes which took longer than we expected because of the iron sheets which we had decided to recycle were quite old so we raised some money to replace them but now we can successfully say that we have done it. We are looking forward to doing more projects with you for the betterment of our children and the community.
Our church has also been very supportive in helping the kids to grow spiritually and also they are part of the school development. They have been very supportive both spiritually and financially. They also help to organise tours for the kids whereby they sponsor them to visit the zoos and other tourist attraction sites. Mostly the school is in charge of educational tours.
From us it’s to wish you a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year. Remember us in your prayers. Thank you.
Gitare Primary School Committee