KIPPRA Leaves an Indelible Mark in Mtito Andei School
The KIPPRA fraternity spent this year’s Moi Day touching the lives of pupils, teachers and the community members of Mtito Andei Primary School in Makueni County.
Led by the KIPPRA Board Chairperson Dr Linda Musumba, KIPPRA Board Director Dr Phoebe Josiah and KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, the team planted a few of the 1,500 trees donated by KIPPRA; commissioned a 15,000-litre water tank with an elaborate rain-water collection system; donated sanitary towels and pants; and sensitized the pupils, teachers, school board and parents on the national values, HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.
By the time the KIPPRA team arrived, the pupils had planted more than 1,000 of the tree seedlings around the school compound. And to ensure the sustainability of the trees before the arrival of the short rains, KIPPRA filled the 15,000-litre tank to enable the pupils water the seedlings.
Dr Ngugi explained the genesis of KIPPRA’s relationship with the school, which led to the Institute’s choice to make an impact through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. She said KIPPRA identified the school’s need for water and more trees during a recent survey on the effects of droughts and floods in various parts of the country. Through their environment club, the pupils were already engaged in tree-planting and KIPPRA came in to support their efforts.
Dr Musumba encouraged the pupils to work hard in their studies, as the future of the country depended on them. “These KIPPRA researchers will not be there forever. You have to work hard so that you can take over from them,” said Dr Musumba to the pupils. She also asked the community to conserve the environment to support future generations.
Political and education leaders present during the day-long event lauded KIPPRA’s efforts to impact the community, saying more government organizations should emulate the example.
Mtito Andei Primary School is both day and boarding and is situated in a satellite town along Mombasa Road, which acts as a central stop-over for track drivers. As a result, some of the parents are engaged in prostitution, leaving the pupils vulnerable and some orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. To provide shelter for such pupils and enable them continue their education, the school has set up a rescue centre whose sustainability depends on support from well-wishers.