Drilling has been intense on the school grounds during the spring to reach down to a depth with enough flowing water. Water was found already at about 150 m and water spurted up out of the drilling hole. After testing the water quality and that the flow of water was stable, a steel jacket was mounted on the hole to seal the surface until the next phase; draw lines and pumps. That’s where we stand at the moment. Kenyan bureaucracy has made this into a project that keeps testing our patience… But soon enough it will all fall into place.
The results for 2014 have been published and we are happy to announce that Gundua Secondary School’s Graduating Class came in as the second best in the whole district among the day schools! With an average result of 7.11 we were even just 0.1 points short from being the best school. Students, teachers and our headmaster were of course both very happy and proud over this result. It proves that Gundua Secondary School continues to be on the right track.
For four of our students the results were even more positive—this year’s Gundua-scholarship fellows. The Gundua scholarship grants will provide extra funding for continued university studies. This year’s fellows are: Alex Mathenge, 75 p (A-), Everlyn Kinya 72 p (B+) as well as Eva Njeri and Emanuel Lekaman who both received 69 p (B+). Our warmest congratulations to you!
We recently had a very nice visit from the Foundation’s major sponsors Apotek Hjärtat and Intellecta. Bayram, Marie, Viktor, Lisbeth and Thomas traveled to Kenya together with the Foundation’s representative Johan Bååthe.
The first stop was at a neighbouring secondary school where Brenda Matete, head nurse at Gundua Health Centre, met with the female students at the school. The purpose was to talk about sex and relationships, preventive care, how to self examine for breast cancer and other relevant topics. The discussions were very appreciated and after a while there was no end to the questions…
We noted afterwards that information and dialogue around health related issues are some of the most important things we can do to create sustainable change.
The second day was spent conducting two information meetings with staff and patients at the Health Centre. Marie and Lisbeth presented the way Apotek Hjärtat works with improving its staff’s interaction with the customers. To see and meet the patient, to listen, to advice and create a caring atmosphere are some of things to inspire the Gundua Health Centre’ staff.
Viktor and Bayram then held two presentations around diabetes I and II for staff and patients.
Interesting and important, not the least because the knowledge about chronic illnesses and how you can help yourself feel better is very poor among the locals.
We also visited Gundua Secondary School and Gundua Primary School where we met with students and teachers. We then took a trip to the Ex-Lewa market, where many of the local inhabitants live. Housing is crowded in tin sheds – children, adults and animals. Cooking, sleeping, eating and living is conducted in very dirty and crowded environments without electricity or running water, a long way from the safe and secure living conditions of Swedish children.
After a couple of intense days, we returned to Sweden. We could really feel the effects of our efforts but also the feeling that there is so much more to do. Thank you Bayram, Viktor, Marie, Lisbeth and Thomas for a great trip.