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KENYA: School gains new water source

Don Bosco Boys Town has been forced to buy water to meet needs of students

KENYA

(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Boys Town (Bosco Boys) in Nairobi, Kenya, provides a home, school, playground and church for youth, primarily boys, who have been rescued from the streets. Boys who complete their primary education are then assisted with secondary education or are advised to choose technical training. Don Bosco Boys Town also provides vocational training for 340 youth — both boys and girls.

The campus has classrooms and workshops where 50 teachers provide vocational courses. Students can choose to study in 20 course areas including mechanics, welding, electrical engineering, carpentry and joinery, cabinetmaking, masonry, tailoring, aesthetics, and hairdressing.

The school is experiencing difficulties in providing water for the student community. The water table in the neighborhood has diminished with most of the wells drying up, including the one in Don Bosco Boys Town. Salesians have been forced to buy water to ensure the minimum amount of water the school needs. This is beginning to weigh heavily on the financial resources of the vocational school.

Excavation work has been started to find a deeper water source, but the existing pump is not powerful enough to bring it to the surface. Mission Don Bosco in Turin, Italy, has stepped in to help the vocational school buy a new electric pump to find water.

A Salesian said, “To date, the project has yet to be completed, but all of us at Don Bosco Boys Town are very optimistic. The collaboration developed and strengthened over the years with Mission Don Bosco has already brought many concrete results in Kenya.”

With Mission Don Bosco and the help of Olympic athlete Fiona May, Salesians in Makuyu were able to refurbish the printing workshop. At a Salesian center in Nairobi, Mission Don Bosco and May collaborated to purchase and install solar panels to ensure clean energy.

According to the World Bank, more than 7.8 million people in Kenya are living in extreme poverty, with the majority in rural areas. There are approximately 6.6 million people living on less than $1.90 a day in rural regions, while 1.1 million extremely poor people live in urban areas. Overall, the poverty incidence declined in recent years, but at a lower rate in urban areas than rural ones.

Youth living in Kenya’s larger cities like Nairobi are at risk for exploitation, forced labor and other abuses. Few attend the later stages of school as compared to those living in Kenya’s more rural areas. The few schools serving this disadvantaged community are beyond the financial means of most families.

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