The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Nairobi-Lang’ata led by the Vocational Services Committee set off in the wee hours of Saturday, 8th August for an uplifting interaction with students, parents, and teachers of St. Lwanga Primary School, Bahati, Nakuru County.
The Club met with 6 of the 26 bright but needy students to connect, track their academic progress and motivate them. Among the students they met with included Job Mwaniki from Jomo Kenyatta Boys, Ian Kirumah from Koelel Boys, Bonventure Gachanja of Solai Boys, Mary Moraa of Bahati Girls, Ann Wanjiku of Jomo Kenyatta Girls and Mercy Adora of Jomo Kenyatta Girls. The Rotaractors led by Club President Husna Ismail offered them a shoulder to lean on, whispering encouragement and counsel on coping with academics and the struggles associated with the pandemic.
“We work with our club members to identify needy students in their communities who have performed well to sponsor them through high school. Mentorship is also a critical part of the engagement if only to uplift and encourage them to pay it forward. We carry our Rotaractors along to strengthen the bond with the students,” noted Caroline Mburu, Vocational Services Director.
The entourage was warmly hosted by St. Lwanga School Principal Samuel Kinyanjui. On their part, the community leadership comprising the Area Chief Florence, the Curriculum Support Officer, Joseph Kamotho, Board of Management Chairperson, Tom Keronji, Parent-Teachers Association Chairperson, Jobson Ng’ang’a, Children’s Officer Peter Kariuki, Counsellor Florence Barateng also expressed their gratitude for the solidarity in support of the community.
During the event, the girls were also provided with a year’s supply of sanitary towels. The engagement is part of Rotary International’s promise to strengthen the capacity of communities by supporting basic education and literacy, reducing gender gaps in education, while aiming to increase adult literacy.
In line with Rotary International’s latest area of focus in Supporting the Environment, all in attendance got down and dirty to decorate the school compound with tree seedlings.