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Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 09:23 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Mavoko Primary School in Athi River, Machakos County, has received a collection of textbooks donated by Gulf Power, a local private power generating company. The books worth over Sh200,000 will benefit over 1,200 pupils as well as improve the livelihoods of locals.
A manager from Gulf Power, Norman Wanyiri, accompanied by some of the company's staff visited the school in Athi River where he issued the books. Mr Wanyiri said that the initiative was part of the organization's corporate social responsibility to work with the local community to improve their livelihood.
"This is part of our program aimed at creating permanent good relationship with the local community, and today we focused on supporting education," he said, adding: "We plan to offer mentorship and provide as many individuals as possible with opportunities to overcome the limitations of their circumstances."
The company which is owned by Kenyan investors has set up an 80MW medium speed diesel power plant in Athi River. The area District Education Officer Joseph Kiema as well as the school's headteacher Patrick Muthee promised to utilize the availed resources to ensure the school's performance improved.
Lauding the initiative, Mr Muthee also mentioned that other corporate organisations and wellwishers were welcome to partner with the school to improve the education levels in the school and the neighborhood. He said that since the school was founded in 2010, it has had a robust growth of up to 1,200 pupils.
"We are facing the challenge of infrastructure to accommodate the large number of pupils which is growing by the day. The limited infrastructure is impeding our efforts to achieve effective teaching," he said, urging wellwishers to assist them in improving the school's housing and facilities.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.