Parents and pupils of some Murang’a schools have lauded efforts by an American based charity organisation’s support to uplift local education.
Provision of water and renovation of classrooms by Can-Do-Kids Organisation has been praised as a way of creating friendly learning environment to hundreds of students.
The charity organisation for the past few years have been helping in construction of water tanks and renovation of classrooms in selected schools within Kiharu Constituency.
Led by their Kenyan Patron Mr. Karanja Mburu, the organisation has mobilised resources to construct 15 water tanks at some primary and secondary schools to ensure learners access clean water throughout the year.
On Thursday, the organisation launched a new 300, 000-litre water at Marewa Primary school located in lower parts of the county, an area which receives minimal rainfall.
Four classrooms of the school also got a facelift at a cost of Sh 3.2 million, money mobilised from friends of the organisation.
Karanja accompanied by other officials from America said they will work towards construction of 200 water tanks in schools which are not connected with tap water.
“We have a vision 2020 which is guiding us to construct 200 water tanks not only to schools in Kiharu but also to others at different parts of the county,” said Karanja.
He continued: “the resources we use are mobilised from well-wishers and the earmarked projects are aimed to keep learners in conducive learning environment.”
Karanja condemned cases of corruption rocking various sectors in the country saying the government should arrest anyone misappropriating money meant for development.
“If budgeted funds are well utilised, some sectors like education will be improved and our children will get needed facilities to pursue their education,” he added.
The patron urged the government to ensure the stolen money is returned and channeled to spur economic growth.
One of the directors, Mark Carbin, observed most of the time they volunteer to fund some of the projects using part of their salaries.
Carbin said the Kenyan government should tighten corruption laws to end runaway graft which has denied the residents crucial services.
“Corruption has curtailed development in many countries but Kenya can strengthen laws that will ensure end of graft,” he observed.
Other areas the organisation has helped in is in the purchase of learning materials and equipment including desks and science laboratory tools.
By Bernard Munyao