By Nancy Masit
Oltarakwai Secondary School Principal, Mr Kipkemoi Maritim has commended Nguzo Africa for giving support to the school to enable it comply with Covid-19 Ministry of Health regulations.
Maritim said Nguzo Africa gave handwashing equipment and 1000 seedlings which they planted to conserve the environment.
Maritim said the school whose student population is 50 percent boys and 50 percent girls has been pushing on well at it now has enough resources.
He urged the community to bring their children to school since it has been registered and expanded to three streams though they have shortage of teachers.
“I requested the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to post more teachers to our school since the student population has increased,” he appealed.
He added that they had a target of 5.1 mean grade, adding that 10 of its students will join university this year and thanked Narok County government for putting up three new classrooms. He also thanked the area Member of Parliament, Hon Korei Ole Lemein for giving them National Government-Constituency Fund (NG-CDF) support in putting up classrooms.
He requested the government to build a library, laboratory and a dormitory for girls since there are some students who trek for 20 kilometres in order to reach school.
“The girl-child faces a lot of challenges like getting pregnant since there are vendors along the way,” he added.
He has also urged the government to construct bridges in the nearby rivers since there is a lot of rain and it becomes difficult for them to reach school.
Mr Elizaphan Ogechi, who is the Executive director of Nguzo Africa said that Nguzo Africa is a non-governmental organisation whose work is to empower farmers.
“We instruct them how take care of their livestock well by showing them how to do pasture production and how they harvest and store it for their livestock to use when there is drought,” he explained.
He said Narok County used to lose a lot of cattle due to drought and lack of enough feeds, adding that when Nguzo Africa arrived in 2011, the feedlots were established and they did capacity building among the Maa community.
“The herders adopted the whole initiative and were able to produce enough feeds to feed their livestock,” he noted.
He concluded by saying that Nguzo Africa has done environmental conservation by planting trees in Masantare, Ololulunga and Olentutu primary schools and they have a target of planting 100,000 trees across the county.