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Girls Primary School in Marsabit gets Boarding Facilities Courtesy of Safaricom Foundation

8th Feb 2016

Safaricom Foundation funded the construction and equipping of a dormitory at Helmer Community Primary School

An additional 50 girls in North Horr, Marsabit will now continue with their education uninterrupted and free from harmful traditional practices after Safaricom Foundation funded the construction and equipping of a dormitory at Helmer Community Primary School.

The school which is the lone Girls only institution in the area is focused on promoting girls education in a region that is rife with Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joseph Ogutu said: "In our current Safaricom Foundation strategic plan, we have placed an emphasis on increasing access to educational opportunities for children from nomadic pastoralist communities. This is because we are awake to the challenges that these children face."

"One way to keep them focused on their education is through a boarding system where the pupils stay in one environment that is securely confined from the interruptions of the community around." He added.

The school Head teacher Kimanzi Godana thanked Safaricom Foundation for the contribution saying it would help in reducing the rate of school outs.

This is the only girls' primary school among 4 other primary schools and 3 secondary schools in the area. Coming from a nomadic background, most of the pupils out of school. This additional dormitory will help us ease congestion in the two existing dormitories as well as ensure that more girls are retained in school. He noted.

The construction and equipping of the dormitory was done at a cost of over Kshs.3.8million.