New water tanks installed in Kenyan primary school

Watford Observer: Esther Muoso-Stephenson Esther Muoso-Stephenson

An Abbots Langley woman has returned from Kenya having overseen the introduction of nine water-tanks at a primary school.

Esther Muoso-Stephenson, Founder and Trustee of JOB Kenya Charity, travelled to Kyambai Primary School, Machakos, Eastern Kenya for ten days in April to monitor the installation of seven 4,000 litre tanks and two 1,500 litre containers.

Francis Combe Academy, Garston, has raised £1,754 for clean drinking water at Kyambai Primary School after hearing about Ms Muoso-Stephenson’s work and the water will be available for students and the local community.

The water is expected to last five or six months.

Ms Muoso-Stephenson said: "They don’t have enough water and they have a lot of water-borne diseases which causes sicknesses like Typhoid.

"If we can get about 15 to 18 tonnes, at least they will be able to plant their own vegetables and be self-sufficient because then that way, we don’t have to keep raising money to send them money for food."

Esther has been working with the Bedmond community over the last six years to increase the amount of food in Machakos.

Quiz nights, cake sales and garden parties have all been held by various groups in the village to raise money for JOB Kenya Charity.

Ms Mouso-Stephenson said: "During the quiz night which was organised by the Bedmond community, we raised enough to buy food all year, for almost 300 students. This changed the academic performances; they did very well because with an empty stomach, the students cannot concentrate.

"The problem which we are now facing, being the only school where they have lunch in that area, we have other schools, at lunchtime, students with plates coming for food and they cannot be turned away. We’re really struggling to fund raise. We rely on the Bedmond community."

In April 2011, Ms Muoso-Stephenson and a group of teachers from Bedmond Primary School took clothes, books and sports equipment out to the school in Eastern Kenya.

JOB Kenya Charity was set up about ten years ago and Ms Muoso-Stephenson started the work at Kyambai Primary School after the death of her second child.

She said: "Following the death of my second child, from a brain tumour, I thought I could do something that he did not have the chance to do. That is what really inspired me; I had been bought up in that community, so many students were dropping out of school because they had to choose between going to work and going to school on an empty stomach, so I thought if we provide, they can gain by having a lunch and an education."

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1:59pm Tue 29 Apr 14

garston tony says...

What an amazing story, well done to Esther and all those that have supported her charity.

We're so lucky in this country and more often than not dont realise it
What an amazing story, well done to Esther and all those that have supported her charity. We're so lucky in this country and more often than not dont realise it garston tony
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